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Ingredients Explained: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Aloe veraAloe Barbadensis leaf juice is used in the Pinnaclife animal health products for its soothing, anti-inflammatory effects as well as its wound healing abilities.

 


Say Ahhhh with Aloe

Aloe barbadensis is a type of succulent plant, commonly referred to as “aloe vera”, that is popular for the juice it stores in its leaves. Aloe leaf juice is commonly used in many medicinal products, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Scientific studies suggest that aloe vera enhances wound healing and has anti-inflammatory properties. For example, many sunburn relief gels include aloe for its ability to soothe inflamed skin. It has also been found to improve the healing of burns and be a skin moisturizer. Reports have also suggested that is is effective against certain skin diseases and infection.

Aloe Toxicity?

The aloe is common household plant, and can be toxic if ingested by
animals. As shown in the picture, the leaf contains a gel AloeLeafSectionMacro1slike substance on the inner portion (non-toxic) and a sap like substance around the edge called latex (toxic). When ingested, the latex can cause stomach upset such as vomiting and diarrhea. The inner gel, which is non-toxic, is the substance that is extracted as a juice for use in common products.

The aloe barbadensis juice found in the Pinnaclife products has undergone a strict process to ensure separation from the latex. It will provide soothing and comfort to your pet’s skin without the risk of them getting sick.

For more information on the Pinnaclife Animal Health products feel free to visit: www.pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com

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Product Spotlight: Zinc Oxide Paste

Zinc Oxide Paste is a skin protectant cream for horses Zinc Oxidethat uses micronized zinc oxide and white petrolatum. It forms a semi-occulsive barrier to protect skin against moisture and bacterial contamination.

Micronized zinc oxide is zinc oxide that has been treated to reduce the average size of its particles, producing an ultra-fine powder.Regular zinc oxide can leave a white film on the skin when applied. Products containing micronized zinc oxide do not leave this film, offering a form of invisible zinc oxide protection, because the particles are too small to see with the naked eye.
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Pinnaclife equine zinc oxide paste is ideal for foal diarrhea, urine scald, scratches aka “grease heel”, rashes, photosensitivity, and sunburn. The zinc oxide paste works against sunburn by completely blocking the skin from UVA/UVB rays by the sun. As a general rule, every 1% of zinc oxide translates to SPF 2, however SPF has not been tested.

Ingredients

  • Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%
  • Aloe leaf juice to soothe irritated skin
  • Olivamine 10, a synergistic blend of small molecules that facilitates optimal healing
  • Pure French lavender essential oil for a calming clean scent while serving as an antiseptic

For a full list of ingredients and to learn more about the Equine Zinc Oxide Paste please visit us on our website at:http://www.pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com/content/absorb-n-protect-zinc-oxide-paste

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Product Spotlight: Equine Antipruritic Shampoo

Antipruritic Shampoo is a medicated shampoo formula for horses that provides immediate and temporary relief for itchy and inflamed skin. It is soap free, pH balanced, and contains ultra-mild surfactants that provide a rich lather that removes dander, scale, and debris without excessively removing naturally protective skin oils. Antipruritic Shampoo is perfect for routine bathing of horses with hypersensitive skin or other dermatological conditions.

horse-bath-i-julie-niemelaIt is ideal for horses with:  scratches/grease heel, foal diarrhea, urine scald,  rainrot/rain scald, ringworm, allergies (insect, food, and envornmental), atopic dermatitis, hives, bacterial infections, hypersensitive horses, dry skin and coat.

 

Ingredients

  • Olivamine 10, a synergistic blend of small molecules that facilitates optimal healing
  • Antimicorbial chlorhexidine digluconate that is effective in the forumal against more than 21 wound pathogens including Gram +/_ bacteria, yeast and fungi
  • Active Ingredient witch hazel to reduce inflammation and relieve pruritus (itching)
  • Pure French lavender essential oil for a calming clean scent wile serving as an antiseptic

For a full list of the ingredients and to lean more about Equine Antipruritic Shampoo, please visit our website: http://pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com/content/soothe-n-moist-antipruritic-shampoo

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Product Spotlight: Soothe ‘N Moist

SSoothe N Moist Antipruritic Shampoo Bottleoothe ‘N Moist Antipruritic Shampoo is a medicated shampoo formula for dogs and cats that gently cleans while providing temporary relief from pruritic (itchy) and inflamed skin. It is soap free and contains ultra mild surfactants that provide a rich lather and easy rinse. Soothe ‘N Moist is pH balanced, non-drying, and ideal for daily bathing.

It is ideal for dogs and cats with: atopic dermatitis, flea bite hypersensitivity, environmental allergies, pyoderma, acral lick dermatitis, malassezia dermatitis, and malodor.

Ingredients

Cat in the showerSoothe ‘N Moist Antipruritic Shampoo contains:

  • Olivamine 10, a synergistic blend of small molecules that facilitates optimal healing
  • Antimicorbial chlorhexidine digluconate that is effective in the forumal against more than 21 wound pathogens including Gram +/_ bacteria, yeast and fungi
  • Active Ingredient witch hazel to reduce inflammation and relieve pruritus (itching)
  • Pure French lavender essential oil for a calming clean scent wile serving as an antiseptic

For a full list of the ingredients and to lean more about Soothe ‘N Moist, please visit our website: http://www.pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com/antipruritic-shampoo

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Ingredients Explained: Chlorhexidine digluconate

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Chlorhexidine digluconate is used in select Pinnaclife Animal Health products as an antiseptic to fight off bacteria, yeast, and fungi that may infect wounds or the skin.

iStock_000014802868_FullChlorhexidine is a safe and effective FDA approved antiseptic used to decrease bioburden (the number of bacteria living on a surface that has not been sterilized) and reduce the risk of infection. Chlorhexidine is the preferred antimicrobial agent in many common products including contact lens solution, mouthwashes, antiseptics and even surgical scrubs.  It has efficacy against a wide variety of pathogens including gram +/- bacteria, yeast, and fungi.

An added benefit of chlorhexidine is that it binds with proteins on skin providing residual antimicrobial effects that can help extend the duration of antimicrobial protection for several hours.

For more information on the products and ingredients, please feel free to visit our website! www.pinnaclifeanimalhealth.com

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Ingredients Explained: Denatonium Benzoate

Denatonium Benzoate-That bitter taste!

Some of the Pinnaclife Animal Health products feature “Deterrent” versions that work to keep animals from licking and chewing at their wounds or sores due to the unpleasant taste. These products contain a non-toxic, potent bittering agent called denatonium benzoate.

Denatonium benzoate is generally regarded as having the most bitter taste of any iStock_000019160754_Fullcompound known to science. It is globally accepted and is require by law to be included in some products as a safe and effective deterrent. Both the National Safety Council and the American Medical Association recommend adding the ingredient as a deterrent in products that may be ingested by children and pets. It is mandatory in antifreeze.

While having a very foul taste, the ingredient is harmless to people, animals, plants, and the environment. Denatonium benzoate is not irritating to the eyes or skin and is not considered to be a skin sensitizer. The available data indicate that denatonium benzoate does not damage genetic material and does not represent a carcinogenic concern.

The Pinnaclife Animal Health products are specifically labeled deterrent or non-deterrent. When applying these products we recommend wearing gloves, so you don’t get the bitter taste!

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Pinnaclife Wound Shield Case Report

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A four year-old female spayed bull dog cross presented for consultation to the Animal Dermatology Clinic with a history of developing a severe skin infection following a cesarean section for difficulty during birth…

Click on the link to read the full report:

 Wound Shield Case Study

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Pinnaclife to Attend 2014 ADC Forum

Pinnaclife will be attending the 2nd Annual Dermatology Forum  September 18th-20th at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA.Logo color high res - nobg-H

This is an annual event hosted by the Animal Dermatology Clinic where veterinarians and technicians gather to meet veterinary dermatologist from around the country and to gain valuable CE (Continuing Education).

The doctors of Animal Dermatology Clinic will be presenting the latest information, tools, tips and techniques in the field of veterinary dermatology. Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz and Dr. Craig Griffin, who helped develop the Pinnaclife animal health products, will be among the lecturers at the forum.

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Ingredients Explained: Witch Hazel

witch_hazel1Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)

The witch hazel is a flowering shrub type plant that is commonly used for its medicinal properties. The bark, leaves, and branches of the witch hazel are harvested for use in medicine. A drying and distilling process is used to extract a liquid from these parts of the plant.

There are many different uses for witch hazel and it has been around for a long time. It has been recorded that witch hazel was used by Native Americans, and later, by the settlers of North America, for the treatment of swelling and inflammation.   It has also been used in the clinical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases since the 1800s.

In the Pinnaclife animal health products, witch hazel is used to reduce inflammation and relieve itching (pruritis) associated with common skin conditions.

How does it work?

Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.

 

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Ingredients Explained: French Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

lavender bath saltLavandula angustifolia (commonly known as French Lavender) is a flowering plant of the mint family that is native to the Old World. It is known for its pleasing fragrance and radiant purple flowers. Lavender is popular for the oil that is commonly harvested. Essential lavender oil is produced different ways, most commonly by distilling. The oil has been used traditionally in aromatherapy, massage, and medicinally.  In the Pinnaclife Animal Health Products, lavender oil is used for its calming and soothing effects, as well as its antiseptic properties.

The demand for essential oils especially lavender is on the rise, which can make quality become questionable. That is why we make sure our lavender oil is 100% pure. Animals deserve the same quality products that humans do!