Any dog owner knows that your dog is not a mere animal that resides in your home with you but instead a prominent member of your family. More like children, dogs often get treated with a more comfortable existence than humans. Getting the best food, walked and played with constantly, man’s best friend is just that – our best friend. That is why you go the extra mile for your pup. You lead a natural and health-conscious lifestyle and fully understand the benefits of essential oils in your everyday life. But, did you know there is a place for essential oils in your dog’s life too?
While this type of therapy is most commonly safe for your pet, there are a few things to know before incorporating essential oils into their lives. Just as you buy your essential oils be sure you always use natural 100% therapeutic grade oils. Animals are more sensitive than humans and in the case of essential oils, this is especially true when smelling the scents.
- Heavily dilute the oils and use only in moderation
- Introduce your pet to a scent before you add it to their life
- Consider the size of your dog before determining how much to introduce
Just as they do with humans aromatherapy can have both physical and psychological benefits to our canine friends. You can administer the essential oils in a number of different ways including with a household diffuser (inhalation), topically or orally (ingestion).
When administering your essential oils to your dog, be sure to introduce them to the scent well in advance as to not overwhelm them. This can be done by diffusing them in a room or wearing them on yourself and being near your pup. This will help to ensure they are comfortable.
When applying topically the pads of your dog’s feet will be the best place to apply oils as it is a quick source to being absorbed in their blood streams. If looking to ingest the oils try adding a drop to your pup’s jowls, the space by their gums. The best way to initially deliver essential oils is through diffusion in your home. Beware that your dog has a much stronger nose than you.
There are many safe oils that can be integrated to improve health, focus and even reduce anxiety in dogs. Be sure to start with the following:
- Lavender: A great calming agent that helps to reduce anxiety and cure insomnia. Can be used to tame car ride anxiety and manage car sickness. Also known to heal ulcers, aid with allergies and help treat burns.
- Fennel: Works as an anti inflammatory to break up toxins and reduce tissue fluid. Also helps balance the pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands.
- Cardamom: A great diuretic and antibacterial agent. Helps normalize appetite for animals who won’t eat and calm stomach during food changes. Treats cold symptoms such as coughs, heartburn and nausea.
- Frankincense: Known to aid in cancer treatment. Helps to build the immune system, reduced tumors and ulcers and increases blood supply to the brain.
- Spearmint: Reduces weight gain by balancing metabolism and stimulating the gallbladder. Aids in diarrhea and nausea control.
- Helichrysum: Used for cardiac diseases and helps to repair nerves. Aids in reducing bleeding and skin regeneration as well as being a powerful anti-bacterial.
The beauty of incorporating essential oils with your pet is you now have the ability to start making some of the best DIY dog staples. Making your own at home dog remedies such as shampoos and deodorizers not only work out to be more cost effective but they are much safer for your pet. As a bonus, your furry friend will smell and feel great.
Note: Cats have an increased amount of sensitivity for essential oils, particularly tea tree oils and any citrus oils. Use with extreme caution.