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You may have heard about the healing properties of essential oils. Could they have similar effects for our dogs? And which ones are safest for our canine family members?
Essential oils are extracted from plants and the quality of the oil is impacted by several conditions—the sunlight, altitude, and even how much water a plant receives.
Essential oils are known to help with everything from skin irritations to fighting fleas. Lavender is popular for dogs because of its calming effects, and peppermint is thought to stimulate circulation and deter insects.
Essential oils are often used by veterinarians in ways that you probably didn’t even notice when you were there during your last appointment.
Other uses include everything from increasing appetite in dogs to combating fatigue and addressing an animal’s physical and emotional issues.
For example, a dog can suffer from anxiety, so you can use lavender to help calm his nerves. You add a few drops of lavender to the essential oil diffuser you have in your kitchen to help calm all the dogs when you leave the house.
Essential oils must always be diluted before using topically or offering them to your dog to inhale when using as a remedy. Although dilution guidelines may differ depending on the individual essential oil an issue that needs addressing, the general rule of thumb for dogs is to use a 1% dilution for emotional issues, and a 2-3% dilution for physical issues.
Based on research, remember this about using essential oils with your pets: LESS IS MORE.
Always start with 100% pure essential oils, and then DILUTE this oils before using them topically on your dogs.
Using essential oils with cats or dogs:
Essential oils can be dangerous to dogs when ingested or otherwise when coming into contact with the skin. Keep this in mind for any oils you’re using with your dog, and always diffuse. Some oils should be avoided, regardless, because of their higher risk to dogs. These include tea tree, cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, pine, sweet birch, wintergreen, and ylang-ylang.
Symptoms of essential oil poisoning for dogs have included:
I’m also a Doterra wellness advocate and interested in keeping dogs safe and well! This is one of the best articles as it shows how to dilute. I put peppermint oil on my dogs ear tips in summer so they feel cooler on our walks. Suggestion is to keep oil diffusers in a big open room especially around cats.If you are concerned about using oils topically, Doterra has s list of ones that are to avoid on cats. Dilution is key!
I’m a doTerra 100% Pure Essential Oil Advocate & am learning about Oils for animals, actually it’s my passion as I’m an animal lover (especially dogs). Any information you have can only enhance the way we help them to rid them of all these chemicals we tend to give them & make them healthier as well – regards Lana