Learn more about the active herbs in our Glossary of Herbs
One of the first signs of a dog’s general health is the condition of his or her coat. A tangle-free, shiny coat indicates good grooming, lack of parasites, good circulation and a healthy diet and immune system. Performance dogs especially need a glossy coat. It won’t help their actual performance, but it will serve as a visual feast of health and vitality. If a performance dog’s skin and coat are not in peak condition, it is likely that something else is wrong that will affect their performance. Some breeds naturally have wiry, dull-looking coats and it’s sometimes difficult to tell if some preventative care is needed. So, even though nothing is wrong with them, it’s sometimes nice to give them an extra polish when we can.
Regal’s Glossy Coat Remedy is a special blend of nutrients, herbs and essential fatty acids to maximise the condition of your dog’s coat. It boosts the health of your dog’s skin, stimulates circulation, promotes hair growth, improves vitality and enhances liver function to help your dog shine – inside and out. Burdock root is known to help detox epidermal tissues and contains vitamin C and magnesium to aid immune function and hair growth. Red clover assists the liver functions and is the source of many nutrients, including calcium and niacin needed for well-nourished hair. Asian ginseng, known for its potent antioxidant properties, boosts vitality and general well-being.
Each 10 ml contains:
Panax ginseng extract (Asian Ginseng)
|The genus name Panax is derived from the Greek word meaning “panacea” or “all-healing” and is often referred to as a general well-being medication, because it affects many different systems of the body.Asian Ginseng has a history of herbal use going back over 5,000 years. It is one of the most highly regarded of herbal medicines in the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigour and also to prolong life.|
Trifolium pratense tincture (Red Clover)
|Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is a rich source of isoflavones – which have shown benefits for a number of conditions including cardiovascular health.Red clover is a wild plant belonging to the legume family and has also been used medicinally to treat various conditions. Traditionally, these have included cancer, whooping cough, respiratory problems, and skin inflammations, such as psoriasis and eczema. Red clover was thought to “purify” the blood by acting as a diuretic (helping the body get rid of excess fluid) and expectorant (helping clear lungs of mucous), improving circulation, and helping to cleanse the liver.|
Arctium lappa tincture (Burdock Root)
|Burdock root is highly nutritious and is widely known as a potent skin remedy and blood purifier.Burdock has been used by herbalists worldwide as a blood purifier as well as to treat a variety skin diseases such as abscesses, acne, carbuncles, psoriasis and eczema. The beneficial effect of this herb includes increasing circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues. Burdock Root has been reported to destroy bacteria and fungus cultures. It is a popular detoxifying agent that produces a diuretic effect on the body which aids the filtering of impurities from the bloodstream.|
Spirulina sp. tincture
|Did you know spirulina is one of the oldest forms of life? This primeval nutrition has been growing on earth for an incredible 3.5 billion years.Spirulina has become a world-recognized algae for promoting health and vitality and for good reason. This blue-green algae is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).It has 60-70% complete protein, meaning it has all 8 essential amino acids and 10 non-essential ones that support good health.|
|Flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum, L.). Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential to good health and glossy skin.The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to flaxseed’s anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties.The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster hair). Hair problems aggravated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well.|
Other ingredients: water, sorbitol, glycerine, stabilisers, emulsifiers, citric acid, flavouring,, colourants, anti-foaming agent, antioxidants
|Sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate||0.045% m/v & 0.035% m/v|
How To Use
Regal Glossy Coat Remedy has been formulated with an artificial beef flavour to ensure administration is stress-free for both you and your dog!
Weigh your dog and administer twice daily using the dosage guidelines below, ensuring you shake the bottle well before each dose. Give the liquid directly in the dog’s mouth, place into a bowl, or add to a small amount of your dog’s favourite food or a snack such as pellets, milk or yoghurt.
SMALL DOGS (1 – 4.5 kg): give 2.5 ml twice a day.
SMALL TO MEDIUM DOGS (5- 10 kg): give 5 ml twice a day.
MEDIUM DOGS (11 – 20 kg): give 7.5 ml twice a day.
LARGE DOGS (MORE THAN 21 kg): give 10 ml twice a day.
For best results use strictly as per dosage recommendation. Medium to long-term use recommended for best results. Not suitable for cats. Recommended for dogs six months and older.
SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE.
TO BE USED WITH CAUTION IN DOGS SUFFERING FROM AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. NOT RECOMMENDED DURING PREGNANCY OR LACTATION. NOT SUITABLE FOR CATS. If your dog is being given long term medication, there is a possibility that the herbs in this product may interact with those medicines. Check with your veterinarian if in doubt. Not to be used with immunosuppressive medications. Has the potential to interact with high blood pressure, anticoagulant or diabetic medications or female hormone treatments. Generally the ingredients are very well tolerated but allergic reactions, including a rash, are possible. In sensitive animals, has the potential to cause insomnia or gastrointestinal disturbances such as loose stools. THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT REPLACE VETERINARY CARE. WHERE SYMPTOMS PERSIST, DISCONTINUE USE AND CONSULT A VETERINARIAN.
What causes an unhealthy, dull and lacklustre skin and coat?
DIET Unhealthy skin and poor coat condition, more often than not, comes from an inadequate diet. Hair is made up of protein and without enough good quality protein in your dog’s diet, hair will lose its vibrancy and lack growth. Not enough can be said of the benefits of fatty acids, especially the omegas 3 and 6. These essential fatty acids are vital for, among other things, excellent skin and coat health.
GROOMING Excessive bathing will strip the coat of the natural protective oils that help give the coat its shine. Regular brushing on the other hand, will spread these oils throughout the coat. Brushing also stimulates the hair follicles, promoting growth, and improves circulation of the lymphatic system, needed for optimal health.
EXERCISE Without sufficient physical activity, the immune system won’t be able to ward off parasites or diseases effectively. Exercise helps get all those immune defence cells moving through the body, ready to fight any unwanted organism. The increased heart rate from exercise also increases the amount of oxygen not only being brought into the body, but distributed throughout the body, which will have a direct impact on skin health.
IMMUNE SYSTEM An inadequate diet can affect the growth of the hair directly by not providing the correct balance of nutrients needed, but it can also be detrimental to the immune system too, causing perfect conditions for parasites and infections to set in (see our Immune Health Remedy for more information).
PARASITES, ALLERGIES OR DISEASE A skin or coat in poor condition could indicate parasites, allergies or other diseases. For these conditions, we suggest you take a look at our Skin Care Remedy, Healing Spray and Flea Spray products.
TRAUMA, STRESS, ANXIETY An emotional upheaval or physical trauma can also cause your pet to lose vitality and can lead to a lacklustre coat, even hair loss. See Recover And Heal and Stress And Anxiety for more information.
How can I tell if my dog needs a skin and coat health boost?
Once you have eliminated or treated for other causes, such as parasites, stress or allergies, your dog may still not have a completely glossy coat. In fact, the skin may still appear to be quite dry and itchy. Providing a nourishing boost may be just the thing your beloved companion needs. Performance dogs who are fit and healthy may also benefit from a boost before a competition for that extra glossy sheen.
How can I help my dog maintain a healthy skin and glossy coat naturally?
We spoke about some of the main things affecting the health of skin and coat above (‘Causes’), namely, diet, grooming and exercise. What other practical tips are there to help keep the coat in top condition?
Good quality, lean protein added to their food or as snacks.
Essential fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, pilchards and tuna (many canned varieties have most of these removed for commercial purposes, so try get whole if possible).
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, essential for healthy skin.
A zinc deficiency can cause crusting on the skin or even hair loss. A sprinkling of ground almonds on food or cooked into their homemade food can provide an extra boost.
Eggs are nature’s most potent form of protein and they contain beautifying biotin and vitamin B-12 too.
Regal’s Glossy Coat Remedy provides essential fatty acids, a range of nutrients and immune-boosting herbs to help stimulate hair growth and shine.
When you do need to wash pooch, look for gentle, hypo-allergenic soaps, preferably with nourishing conditioners added.
Massage coconut, vitamin E, olive or avocado oil into the skin before washing. You could also mix with egg and leave for a few minutes before rinsing for a direct protein boost.
Brush, brush, brush and brush – just don’t brush wet hair as you could cause damage.
Try this bath for the brush: 1 tablespoon of detergent and ½ cup of Borax in a basin of warm water. Swish the brush around in the water for a few minutes and rinse. The brushes will then dry clean and smelling fresh!
A dab of vinegar applied with a soft, clean cloth on an itchy area can help stop the itch. Just make sure the skin hasn’t been scratched open or it will sting instead.
Just because your dog is left outside in a large garden all day, doesn’t mean he’s getting any real exercise. Without sufficient stimulation and interaction, a dog will often rather choose to snooze in the sun.
Left exposed to the elements can also cause your pet’s coat to become dry and dull. Combine sufficient shelter, grooming and exercise and interaction to keep him shiny and perky-eared.
A bored dog can develop nasty biting and scratching habits that will effect the condition of their coats. A bored dog could also eat himself into obesity, so ample challenging exercise and interaction is essential to his general health and well-being.