August 23, 2012
The look and feel of your dog or cat’s skin and coat are a true reflection of what’s going on inside and appropriate balanced nutrition is the first step to improving your pet’s skin and coat health. In addition to a nutritious diet of whole foods, we also offer Sparkle, our specially created herbal supplement for nutritive support. Sparkle is made of a blend of specially selected herbs rich in vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients, necessary to ensure the skin and coat are a shining example of optimal health.
Sparkle may be used on as as-needed or routine basis during times of skin irritation or when your pet is experience hair and coat problems. Some common complaints are itchy and/or flaky skin, biting of the paws, or red and inflamed ears. These may be due to seasonal allergies, poor nutrition, food allergies/sensitivities, or other conditions. Sparkle is very helpful for newly-rescued pups or kitties, working with a wholesome diet to provide them with healthy skin and a shining soft coat.
Since, many skin problems are related to a buildup of a variety of toxins in the blood from vaccines, environmental pollution and chemical preservatives in the food, the use of Sparkle after vaccination can assist the liver in processing the preservatives in the vaccine solution.
The blend of herbs in Sparkle aids in the detoxification of the liver. The liver governs connective tissue, thus skin health. Through flushing the liver and kidneys of toxins, this can result in the clearing of skin issues and improvement of coat health. The skin is nourished by cleansing of the blood and skin irritations are relieved with Vitamin C and B-vitamins.
Dandelion Leaf is a nutritive blood cleanser with affinities to the liver, gallbladder and gastrointestinal tract. Dandelion is one of the most complete foods known, and contains Vitamins A, C, D, K and B complex. It also contains a number of trace minerals including iron, manganese, potassium and phosphorous. All of these vital nutrients are conveniently contained in a single source and in quantities that the body can fully absorb, meaning that it can gently supplement the diet without overworking the liver and kidneys with excess vitamins and minerals. And, unlike furosemide, a popular pharmaceutical diuretic, dandelion leaf contains its own rich source of fully assimilable potassium, an attribute that helps to replace what would otherwise be lost through urination. Dandelion is a diuretic, cholagogue, anti-rheumatic, laxative, tonic, anti-bilious, and hepatic.
Rosehips provide one of the best natural and freely available source of Vitamin C which is vital for the maintenance of connective tissue and skin elasticity. According to Mary L. Wolff-Tilford and Gred Tilford (Herbs for Pets), can even be offered as a tasty and nutritious treat for animals. The whole hip can be fed either fresh or dried. The dried hips can be ground in a coffee grinder and added to your pet’s food. Not too much, however, as too much ascorbic acid can cause stomach upset or diarrhea, about ½-1 teaspoon per cup of food is recommended. Cut back on the amount if needed. Rosehips offer nutrient, mild laxative, mild diuretic, and mild astringent properties.
Burdock Root has an ancient and respected reputation as a nutritive and liver tonic which helps to build and cleanse the blood. It is considered by some herbalists the most valuable remedy for the treatment of skin conditions which result in dry and scaly skin. It is also good for oily, flaky and inflammatory skin disorders which are associated with toxic substances like preservatives and poor diet, or linked to deficiencies of the liver. Burdock will help to move the body to a state of health, removing such indicators of systemic imbalance as skin problems and dandruff. It is good for the treatment of arthritic conditions, rheumatoid disorders, inflammation of the kidneys, diseases of the bladder or just about any disorder that may result from poor or inefficient elimination of waste. It helps clean the body from the inside out so this herb is a great help for dogs suffering due to a history of poor diet. Burdock Root is an alterative, diuretic, bitter, laxative, tonic and vulnerary.
Nettle is a nutritive blood tonic containing a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients including; protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron as well as Beta-carotene, chlorophyll, B-complex and Vitamins A, C and D. These are all provided in a form that is easily assimilated by the body without excess stress on the liver, kidneys, or digestive tract. Nettle strengthens and supports the whole body but has affinities for the genitourinary tract, blood, skin, and eyes. Nettle leaf tea can be used as a skin and coat rinse providing relief from itchy skin and fleabites while nourishing the fur. Nettle is an astringent, diuretic, tonic, alterative, antihistamine, and rubefacient.
Nutritional Yeast is a non-active form of yeast, a type of fungus. (It is not to be confused with Brewer’s Yeast, a low-quality by-product of the brewing industry). We use a pure culture strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is naturally very high in protein (about 50%), providing all 9 essential amino acids. It is a rich source of Vitamin B’s, offering a calming and stabilizing effect on the nervous system as well as being essential for healthy skin. Nutritional yeast also provides selenium, chromium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, zinc and other trace elements. It is low fat, low sodium, non-GMO.
Sparkle may be used with any type of diet including a high-quality dry kibble, canned food, frozen raw, home cooked meals, freeze dried, and dehydrated blends. You may sprinkle it onto the food or, for greater potency and absorption, use as a tea. This supplement is in a loose-leaf form so is easily steeped as a nutritive herbal tea. (Herbs tend to be most potent when steeped.) Just like with a tea bag, boil hot water and steep the desired amount of leaves. Drain after five minutes and add to your dog’s food. Or you may use the tea and leaves if you wish. The tea also makes a good ‘gravy’ for dry kibble.
For dogs/cats up to 10lbs ¼ tsp twice daily
For dogs/cats 11 to 30lbs ½ tsp twice daily
For dogs 31 to 50lbs 1 tsp twice daily
For dogs 51 to 70 lbs 1 ¼ tsp twice daily
For dogs 71 to 90lbs 1 ½ tsp twice daily
Adjust accordingly for larger animals.
Dull fur, hot spots and other skin conditions may indicate food sensitivity or other imbalance. Please consider a vet consultation to verify the underlying cause and adopt a wholesome diet made of whole foods for long-term health.