All-natural skin and coat tonics are tonics created with whole, pure ingredients and with no chemicals, additives or artificial ingredients. Mixed with herbs, minerals, algae, sea salts or other ingredients, tonics can improve skin and coat condition, relieve itchiness caused by inflammation and make a dog's coat shine.
A tonic is a substance believed to promote health, especially one taken on a regular basis over a period of time. Tonics are made with herbs, minerals, algae and other ingredients, and can be consumed in liquid, pill or tea form. The history of tonics stems from traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, traditional European herbalism and other ancient medical systems. An all-natural tonic contains no chemicals, additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients.
For What Ails
Dogs generally experience itchy skin or related problems due to environment, nutrition, allergies, infections, parasites or neurological issues. According to WebMD, depleted nutritional status can cause dry, flaky or otherwise unhealthy skin. Therefore, feeding a complete diet and using specific tonic ingredients can help ensure all-around health, including healthy skin and coat. Dr. Greg Martinez, DVM, says nutritional improvement doesn't help every time, but when it does, it prevents suffering and illness associated with itching, soreness and other ailments.
Herbs, Minerals and Algae
Some skin and coat tonics are made from herbs, sea algae or cell salts. Horsetail, for example, is high in the minerals zinc and silica, and may help dry up wounds and heal tissue. Dandelion contains essential fatty acids and zinc, both skin-improving compounds. Kalium sulphate is a homeopathic cell salt containing potassium that oxygenates inflamed or infected cells and reduces inflammation. Spirulina, a sea algae, contains protein, B vitamins and antioxidant-rich carotenoids.
Essential fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s, are necessary parts of the diet. Dr. Donna Spector notes these fatty acids can improve skin condition, reduce shedding and promote healthy undercoat growth. Omega-3s, found in many fish oils, are known for skin-improving anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-6s are crucial for skin and fur health, and are found in chicken fat and some oils. Since both are important, tonics that include both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may prevent an imbalance.
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