Herbal Extracts: Remedies For Pets’ Hair Health

For modern humans, “pets” are not just animals, but more emotional support and family members. With the increase of health awareness, consumers began to be keen on various products made from raw materials of natural plant extracts in the pet industry. Pets’ skin and hair is the mirror of pet health, unhealthy hair such as mites caused by itchy skin, dandruff, and dermatitis will cause cats and dogs irritable personality and other health problems. Professional pet groomers prefer to use natural ingredients to treat itching, hair loss, and other skin issues of dogs and cats, which not only do not irritate the skin, but also reduce the number of scratches caused by dry skin. These pet hair and skin health products have many benefits such as hypoallergenic, all-natural, siloxane-free, soap-based, preservative-free, and sulfate-free. Some of these plant extracts, such as oat extract, coconut oil, rosemary oil, lemongrass and mint, are widely used in pet sprays and conditioners to relieve common skin problems such as allergies, fungal infections and black skin diseases, as well as itchy and dry skin caused by insects.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a popular ingredient in many kitchens, it is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which make it an excellent natural remedy for several health issues including dry skin and itchiness, it can also be used to treat your dog and cat. Coconut oil is a common ingredients in pet’s food to improve the absorption of essential fat-soluble vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy skin, coat, bones, and joints. Coconut oil also can reduce the inflammation in the respiratory tract that occurs when they regurgitate hairballs, which is an issue that may be annoying for both you and your dog. It can also be applied topically to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema and contact dermatitis. Its antimicrobial properties can help keep your pet’s skin and coat free of ectoparasites.

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract is an effective remedy taken as a tincture, tea, or powder for dog and cat hair loss, alopecia, and itching. It soothes and moisturizes the skin, helps remove toxins from the body, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the growth of new cells to help maintain healthy hair.

The benefits of olive leaf extract have been shown to help lower blood pressure in people. This is because oleuropein in olive leaf extract prevents the formation of arterial plaque, which is associated with heart disease and stroke.  It is also a powerful antimicrobial and antibiotic for dogs and cats, helping deactivate pathogenic bacteria without damaging the healthy microbes in the digestive tract and the respiratory system. This makes it a great natural option for kennel cough and other upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, ear infection, chronic viral conditions, and yeast overgrowth (tear-stained eyes, cheesy smell, licking groin, yeasty paws).

Anyway, the olive leaf extract is an excellent supplement for dogs and cats but always check with your vet before adding a new herb or supplement to your pet’s routine.

Rosemary Extract

Rosemary oil extract can be added to shampoos and conditioners to help grow long and strong hair. It can also be applied directly to the scalp to help stimulate hair follicles and increase hair count because it contains many vitamins and minerals that can help improve the health of your dog or cat used as a hair loss and itching treatment. It is also rich in antioxidants that can fight against cell-damaging free radicals, which helps keep your pet healthy, prevent diseases and boost the immune system, improve memory, lower blood pressure, promote healing and prevent heart disease. The carnosic acid in rosemary is a powerful antioxidant that can support the immune system and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Another benefit of rosemary extract is that it can help reduce stress and anxiety in your pet. It has antispasmodic properties that can relieve muscle spasms and tense muscles. Research has also shown the antiseptic properties of rosemary can also be beneficial in treating dermatitis, eczema, oily skin and acne.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a great home remedy for itching and hair loss in dogs. It is one of the most widely used home remedies for promoting hair health in pets. It can be added to your pet’s diet as a supplement or diluted in a spray bottle as a leave-in conditioner to promote healthier skin and fur. Apple cider vinegar helps reduce dandruff, soothe itchy skin, and give pets a healthy, shiny coat. It also works as an acidifier that can help balance the pH levels of the skin on pets with sensitive or dry scalps. Additionally, apple cider vinegar’s antibacterial properties may help ward off bacterial infections that can cause hair loss in cats and dogs. Apple cider vinegar can be added to your pet’s bath

Oat extracts

Oat extract is a natural and safe way to benefit your pet’s hair and skin health, including those with dry and itchy skin conditions. It is a very good source of fiber and contains beneficial antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that can be easily absorbed by the body. One of the most important benefits of oats is that they are full of anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthramides, making them an excellent choice for treating skin issues such as allergies, itchiness and dryness. The proteins in oats help strengthen hair follicles and promote healthy coat growth. It is easy to incorporate oat extract into your dog’s diet, as a natural alternative to antibiotics and synthetic topical products. It can be taken in capsule form, mixed with water, or added to a dog’s food. You can also find oat extract as an ingredient in certain shampoos, conditioners, and other grooming products for pets.

In addition, oats can act as an anti-bacterial agent and can reduce the number of bacteria that are found on the skin. This means that the body is less likely to develop skin infections, such as yeast. When used in products for pets, it has been shown to calm redness and inflammation caused by skin irritation. It can also help pull out dander, oily residue and other irritants from the skin’s surface and lower layers. This is because the natural alkalinity of oats can help to neutralize the pH level in the skin, returning it to a more normal and balanced state. This can help your pet’s skin to heal quicker and better than other products without the added benefit of oat extract. Oat extract is also a great natural moisturizer, helping to replenish the oils lost when your pet is shampooed. This is especially useful for sensitive dogs or those with allergies or atopic dermatitis.


In addition, there are many plant extracts that support the skin and hair health of cats and dogs. Skin care products with grapefruit essential oil can help eliminate odors on pets; multiple studies have suggested that the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to the health of animal fur. The grape seed oil also helps brighten your pet’s coat; Carrot extract is rich in carotenoids, which can help protect pets from UV damage. In fact, the health of your pet’s digestive tract and its coat are also linked. Probiotics have a direct or indirect effect on your pet’s coat health, and probiotic therapies have the potential to alleviate skin conditions including eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, and allergic inflammation.