Ingredient of the month: Chamomile

Chamomile is known to have soothing properties for dogs and is associated with calmatives and anti-itch properties to support your Westie.

Within the world of canine nutrition there has been an increasing interest and awareness of the role of herbs or herbal extracts in addressing certain conditions and support to the metabolism.

Plant products, in addition to their declared nutritional values, possess a range of bioactive components, some common to many species and some specific to one or two. Broadly speaking, these can be divided into a number of types – essential oils (terpenes), phytosterols, polyphenols, plus many more. Chamomile possesses these and they are what makes it so beneficial to Westies.

Within the essential oils are terpenes called α-bisabolol oxide; these have been shown to have significant anti itch properties. This terpene is able to interact with receptors in your Westie’s body that stimulate the release of antihistamine which in turn helps to reduce itching.

Chamomile’s strong antioxidant properties support the central nervous system which can result in a reduction of anxiety which often increases as dogs become more irritable and itchy. The anti-itching properties help to suppress irritation, resulting in less scratching and ultimately means that your Westie feels more comfortable.

Supplementing a Westie’s diet with Chamomile provides both an anti-itching potential as well as an anxiety relief so it’s an important ingredient to consider. TurmerItch from The Golden Paste Company contains Chamomile alongside a carefully researched combination of ingredients to look after your Westie’s skin and coat. Not only this, Turmeric is the key ingredient in this supplement which also has a wealth of benefits to your dog’s overall health and well-being.

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