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The Saga Behind Nayked Pet

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Truth be told, the creation of Nayked Pet® is actually one of fortuitous serendipity, where two long-term friends eventually found purpose in forming an impactful alliance. When Dr. Zac Pilossoph, integrative veterinarian and medical adaptogen expert; and Vicki Vasiliki, ayurvedic herbalist formulator and experienced paramedical esthetician, were originally introduced to each other several years ago, they immediately realized an early connection. Sharing similar principles of compassion and empathy, with equal affinities for innovation and entrepreneurship, the two wound up finding much in common and developed a genuine friendship. Both were also committed to living and promoting as clean a life as possible, with Dr. Zac being a 7-year fully committed vegan, and Vicki having formulated dozens of holistic products for Medispas and patients over the course of her career. What's more, Dr. Zac even assisted in supporting Vicki as her beloved Samoyed pup Sammy fought a fierce battle with bone cancer, helping to mutually develop a holistic protocol tailored to maximize Sammy’s quality of life until the very end. In total, it was an easy and mutually beneficial friendship to commit to and appreciate.

However, as an up-and-coming integrative vet with a growing presence in the natural pet wellness space, Dr. Zac had become progressively frustrated with the topical skin and coat products available to both vets and pet parents. With the majority composed of a combination of chemicals, synthetics, or undeclared “natural” ingredients, the selection of safe, holistic, long-term solutions was extremely limited for everyone. Moreover, with global advancements in the role pets were playing in the modern family structure, and the acceptance of a veganism as a preferred lifestyle choice, Dr. Zac saw an opportunity to satisfy the interests of these movements as well as his own, by developing a completely novel pet product line never before seen.


It was at this moment, when Dr. Zac finally realized his friendship with Vicki had been meant for something more. With over three decades of research and experience in this very space on the human side, and a shared awareness to make our world safer and healthier for every creature, he knew she was the perfect person to call upon to help bring this idea to life. Furthermore, once hearing Dr. Zac’s vision herself, Vicki agreed it was time to synergize minds and get to work. 

After nearly two years of collaborative brainstorming, Nayked Pet® was officially realized. Representing much more than just a name, Nayked Pet® stood to help lead a movement to provide our fuzzy loved ones holistic, chemical-free, vegan skin and hair product options with the same high-quality ingredients their parents had come to expect. A mission to stand up for what is safe for our pets and our planet, now and for future generations to come!

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