At Anicura we are blessed to be surrounded by pets including our CEO Bella, rescued already nearly 3 years ago from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to one of our cats this summer. At 11 years old, our little Lucy was still a very young spirit and having born a stray, always to be found outside. However, one morning she did not come home and shortly after we were informed by the local RSPCA that she had been found after having been hit by a car. Although we as people were beyond sad to hear of the news, we were not the only ones. Her brother, Chip, came to the realisation after a few weeks that she was not going to be coming back. We noticed that he as well went through a phase of serious grievance, which was predominantly displayed in a change of behaviour, in his case excessive vocalisation and over-grooming.
As can be seen in the top half of the picture our gorgeous Chippie was grooming himself to the point of bleeding, which was very distressing to see. When cats and dogs scratch themselves until they bleed there is always a risk of infection. There might be dirt under their nails and if the wounds do get infected it is much more difficult to treat and often a guaranteed visit to the veterinarian.
Luckily, the Anicura Gel Ointment is designed to help the skin through 2 key ingredients, both known to anti-bacterial properties – Sea Buckthorn & Apple Cider Vinegar. Sea Buckthorn has been research many times and studies show its proven ability to help with infections and inflammation (1). Just a little bit of scientific & technical information to underline the amazingness of this berry.
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) is a coastal thorny bush plant native to European and Asian countries. The yellow or orange berries are sought for their strong physiological attributes. The main unsaturated fatty acids are palmitoleic acid (omega-7), linoleic acid (omega-6), alpha linolenic acid (omega-3) and oleic acid (omega-9). The berry also contains 25 times more Vitamin C than an orange, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and elements including iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and iodine.
The health benefits of Sea Buckthorn are attributed to the pharmacological functions of the oil. With its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-itch and analgesic properties, this ancient plant has become noted for its high level of nutritionally and medicinally important components. Through its unique powerful and healing synergies (notably essential fatty acids), it is useful for damaged skin as it promotes tissue regeneration. The oil of Sea Buckthorn has a very nourishing, revitalizing and restorative action and due to its considerable benefits it is more and more used as an ingredient to deal with topical problem skin conditions.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another one of those amazing ingredients that we love using in our products. It is to be believed that ACV has already been used for more than 2000 years for a wide variety of purposes - to flavor and preserve foods, heal wounds, fight infections, clean surfaces, and manage diabetes. However the amount of scientific research is still limited to prove the use of vinegar as an anti-infective agent, either topically or orally. We are however of the belief that 2000 years of use is probably enough evidence to think there are certain health benefits to be attributed to ACV. And the proof is in the pudding! The second picture of our beloved Chippie shows his skin to have calmed down and not infected after the Gel Ointment being applied a few times a day.
As the reason for his overgrooming was grief and stress, in addition to supporting his skin and preventing it from getting infected with the Gel, we also gave our little man Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets to calm his nerves. When it comes to skin problems, whatever they may be it is always important to look at the whole picture, what is causing the skin issue and what can we do to support the body back to health? In this case it was a natural calming remedy and skincare, in some cases it is important to look at the diet or supplements, etc. Either way, in our case – our little Chippie is his happy old self again!
The Anicura Team & Chip
1. Larmo P., Alin J., Salminen E., Kallio H., Tahvonen R. 2008. Effects of sea buckthorn berries on infections and inflammation: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 62 (9): 1123-30.
Suryakumar G., Gupta, A. 2011.Medicinal and therapeutic potential of Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.). Journal of Ethopharmacology. 138 (2): 268-278.