SKIN CARE BISCUITS

Regal’s Skin Care Biscuits are a convenient and tasty alternative to our Regal Skin Care Remedy. As each dog has their own personality, so we want to offer you a choice in how to give your dog the benefit of our Skin Care formula. Formulated with the same three herbs traditionally known for treating both acute and chronic skin and coat conditions, these anti-itch herbal biscuits will help address skin allergies including flea bites, eczema, rashes and hot spots, resulting in a healthy skin and a glossy coat. No-more irritation for you or your furry friend!

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Companion products: Regal Skin Healing Spray – a topical solution for itchy, irritated and inflamed skin. Regal Skin Healing Shampoo – a natural soothing shampoo for itchy, irritated and inflamed skin. Regal Flea Spray – a natural solution for repelling and controlling fleas.

Itch-scratch-itch-scratch-itch!!!

As humans we take pride in the health of our skin and for our pets this approach should be taken no less earnestly. The state of your dog’s skin is a very clear indication of his/her overall health, and itchy skin is just one of the symptoms of problem skin. We all know what it’s like to feel an itch or two, but our blessed pets really appear to get the worst of it – scratching incessantly until their skin is raw and bleeding, and even then the itch isn’t gone!

What are Regal’s Skin Care Biscuits?

Regal’s Skin Care Biscuits are a convenient and tasty alternative to our Regal Skin Care Remedy. As each dog has their own personality, so we want to offer you a choice in how to give your dog the benefit of our Skin Care formula. Formulated with the same three herbs traditionally known for treating both acute and chronic skin and coat conditions, these anti-itch herbal biscuits will help address skin allergies including flea bites, eczema, rashes and hot spots, resulting in a healthy skin and a glossy coat. No-more irritation for you or your furry friend!

Each biscuit contains:

Name Quantity

Chamomilla recutita

37.5 mg
One of the most versatile, widely documented medicinal herbs. So much so, its medicinal uses go as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome! Substantial research into this plant has revealed it as being a potent anti-inflammatory with anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic and sedative properties.

Fucus vesiculosus plant

25 mg
Being a sea vegetable, bladderwrack is a form of kelp. It is a rich source of minerals high in iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulphur, silicon and iron as well as being a good source of some B-complex vitamins. The concentrated iodine content has shown to be particularly beneficial in stimulating thyroid functioning for improved metabolism. Bladderwrack is considered a nourishing tonic known for relieving chronic dry skin conditions.

Rooibos extract

7 mg
A highly-prized local plant that has quickly grown in popularity around the world as studies continue to reveal its many medicinal uses. Indigenous to the Western Cape region of South Africa, Rooibos is high in anti-oxidants and has shown to aid in the treatment of several skin conditions including itching and inflammation. Many people use Rooibos in the relief of eczema, acne and nappy rash.

Other ingredients:

Oat Flour, Bran, Golden Syrup, Salt, Sorbitol, Water, Citric acid, Flavouring and Colourant

Preservatives:

Sodium benzoate and Potassium sorbate 0.048% m/v and 0.030% m/v

SCHEDULING STATUS: Not scheduled.

PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D.13.12 OTHERS PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Not known.

INDICATIONS: A complementary medicine containing herbal substances used as an adjuvant that may assist dogs with skin allergies such as itching, rashes, eczema, hot spots and a healthy skin and glossy coat.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS: Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients. Iodine allergy. Do not administer with prediagnosed hypo- or hyperthyroidism. Do not administer with blood thinning medication unless under supervision of a healthcare practitioner. Avoid administering iron preparations together with this preparation when suffering from anaemia.

WARNINGS: THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT REPLACE VETERINARY CARE. WHERE SYMPTOMS PERSIST DISCONTINUE USE AND CONSULT A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER. SEE CONTRA-INDICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS. NOT SUITABLE FOR CATS.

INTERACTIONS: 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. Can enhance actions of medication taken for blood thinning, hypothyroidism and central nervous stimulants. Avoid administering iron preparations together with this preparation as it may interfere with iron absorption. PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: Not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

SIDE EFFECTS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: Possible side effects could include gastrointestinal tract disturbances such abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting. Can cause hyperthyroidism.

KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVER DOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENT: Due to the iodine content the following symptoms can be observed: abdominal pain, delirium, coughing, diarrhoea, fever, throat and mouth pain, no urine output, shock seizures, stupor, shortness of breath, vomiting, thirst. Discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive. You can give flour or cornstarch mixed with water or plain milk and continue to do so every 15 minutes until the symptoms ease. If the dog is vomiting, suffering from convulsions or has a decreased alertness level do not offer them this liquid.

How To Use

Weigh your dog and administer twice daily using the dosage guidelines below.

Small dogs (1 – 4.5kg) give x1 biscuits twice a day
Small-medium dogs (5kg – 10kg) give x2 biscuits twice a day
Medium dogs (11kg – 20kg)give x3 biscuits twice a day
Large dogs (21kg and more) give x4 biscuits twice a day

Used as an alternative to the Skin Care Remedy. For acute conditions increase dose to three times a day. For best results use together with Regal Skin Healing Spray and strictly use as per dosage recommendations. Use until symptoms clear or continue as required.

Not suitable for cats. Recommended for dogs 6 months and older.

Caution

NOT SUITABLE FOR CATS. Do not give to pregnant or lactating dogs. Safe for dogs 6 months and older. Do not administer if your dog has an iodine allergy or is pre-diagnosed with hypo- or hyperthyroidism. Consult with your vet before administering this remedy should your dog be on blood thinning medication or being given iron preparations. If in doubt please contact your veterinary surgeon before using this product.

What are the most common symptoms of skin problems?

  • Scratching, biting, chewing or licking their skin
  • Redness, inflammation
  • Rashes
  • Dry, flaky and irritated-looking skin
  • Hot spots (refers to a particular area that has been particularly affected due to intense scratching)
  • Hair loss or bald patches
  • Scabs
  • Round scaly areas that appear on the face and/or paws
  • Tendency to rub face on objects such as furniture
  • Lesions
  • Skin discolouration, swelling, lumps
  • Drainage of blood or pus

What are the main causes of skin problems in dogs?

Skin allergies are one of the most common forms of skin problems faced by our four-legged friends, commonly exhibiting behaviours such as excessive scratching, biting, chewing and/or licking. There are a number of causes that can lead to both acute and chronic skin conditions. These include:

  • Seasonal allergies are a common culprit for itchy skin as some dogs develop a sensitivity to allergens (just like many of us do!) such as pollen, dust, grass, mould, weeds, trees or mites to name but a few.
  • Food allergies is another main underlying cause for itchy skin and rashes due to a compromised immune system in reaction to any number of common ingredients found in dog food such as wheat, soy, corn, beef or chicken. Colourants and fillers can also cause an allergic reaction in your dog. So if you suspect a food allergy, it’s important to consult with your vet to help determine what it is.
  • Fleas are a persistent pest for dogs as their bite and droppings can easily irritate your pooch’s skin. Some dogs develop an allergy to the saliva from a flea’s bite known as flea bite dermatitis. Dogs can also develop an irritation from flea-prevention products such as flea collars.
  • External parasites such as lice and ear mites can cause skin reactions.
  • Ringworm is a fungal infection that is highly contagious – symptoms usually include inflammation, scaly areas on the skin and hair loss. If you suspect your pet has a ringworm infection it’s important to treat it immediately to avoid the infection spreading throughout your household!
  • Yeast or bacterial skin infections can develop secondary to skin allergy or from another skin problem e.g. sarcoptic mange
  • Sarcoptic mange is an infection that is caused by Sarcoptes scabei mites leading to not only inflammation but extreme itching as well – which can be commonly mistaken as being an allergic reaction instead.
  • Compulsive behaviour due to stress or boredom can also lead to excessive licking and scratching. Pets that don’t get enough exercise or mental stimulation or those under emotional stress can display obsessive compulsive behaviours such as continuous licking of the legs
  • Hormonal imbalances can lead to changes in the skin including discolouration of the skin, uneven fur thickness and distribution.
  • Seasonal changes can lead to skin changes e.g. some dogs become prone to dry, flaky skin during the winter period.

As there are so many causes of skin problems, when you notice any changes in your dog’s skin or coat it’s important to consult with your vet. Usually a vet will perform a variety of tests to determine the cause including a skin scrape, skin smears, testing for ringworm or parasites, skin biopsy, blood tests to (to test your dog’s overall health) and allergy testing. Once you know what the cause of your dog’s skin problem is, you will find there are a number of safe and effective treatment options available including herbal remedies.

Are some breeds more prone to developing skin conditions?

Due to there being so many causes of skin problems in dogs (as you can see, the list is indeed long!), all breeds can be susceptible in one way or another. Typically dogs living under stressful conditions or those who have a compromised immune system will be more vulnerable to developing some form of skin condition – as are puppies and elderly dogs.

Encouraging skin and coat health the holistic way.

There is a lot you can do on a day-to-day basis to ensure your dog has a shiny, healthy and vibrant coat!

  • Start off by feeding your dog a healthy, well-balanced diet that ideally contains fresh rather than artificial ingredients and is rich in essential fatty acids.
  • Stay away from harsh shampoos and opt for natural, hypoallergenic soaps instead that are formulated especially for dogs.
  • Don’t bath your dog too often as this can strip away the coat’s natural oils leaving it dry and brittle.
  • Avoid matting of hair by brushing your dog on a regular basis making sure you never brush against the hair growth.
  • Minimize the collection of dust by regularly cleaning and vacuuming your house and ensure you give your pet the calm, loving environment that he or she needs to thrive and feel waggiliciously happy.
  • While natural remedies can help discourage fleas, it is important to have a flea-prevention programme in place. Chat with your vet for further guidance.
  • Investigate natural options such as herbal remedies that can address skin and coat problems without the harsh side effects that often accompany corticosteroids and anti-histamines that are frequently prescribed for itchy pets.

Companion products: Regal Skin Healing Spray – a topical solution for itchy, irritated and inflamed skin. Regal Skin Healing Shampoo – a natural soothing shampoo for itchy, irritated and inflamed skin. Regal Flea Spray – a natural solution for repelling and controlling fleas.

Would you like to know more? Read more articles and Q and A’s under Dr. Megan Kelly’s TOP TIPS for a healthy skin and shiny coat.

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