Wednesday, July 17, 2013

doTerra Essential Oils for Dogs, Part 1




Essential oils are not just for us, but fantastic for pets too!

My neighbor's dog had a cancer tumor and after applying small amounts of doTerra's Melaleuca and Frankincense essential oils on her dog's cancer tumor, the tumor went down in size significantly after only a month!

I know many friends who use Lavender oil and Serenity essential oil blend to help their dogs calm down during trips to the veterinarian, thunderstorms, fireworks and to help them sleep.

Dogs respond incredibly well to essential oils. The essential oils work fast and get into the bloodstream within 20 seconds of being applied. Essential oils do not build up in the systems like drugs do, so the essential oils do need to be reapplied as needed.

As with all doTerra essential oils, only a small amount of oil is needed to be effective. Since dogs vary greatly in size and sensitivity, use tiny amounts of essential oil for dogs with sensitive skin as well as on puppies. The essential oils can be diluted with coconut oil.

When applying essential oils on dogs, avoid getting the oils in the eyes. If a small amount of oil does go into the eye, flush with milk as needed. Apply the oils between the toes and on the pad of the foot when doing foot applications. The essential oils can be diffused aromatically to improve a dog's mood, purify the air and open the airways. Topically the oils can be massaged onto the dog and taken internally.



Essential Oil Favorites for Dogs:

AromaTouch: Circulatory Issues, Heatstroke, Overworked Muscles

Balance: Anxiety, Joint Issues (Add in Deep Blue and Lemongrass)

Breathe: Asthma, Allergies, Colds, Heatstroke, Kennel  Cough

Deep Blue: Arthritis, Muscle Cramps, Wound Care

DigestZen: Allergies, Diarrhea, Digestive Parasites, Ulcers, Vomiting

Frankincense: Anxiety, Colitis, Inflammation, Infections, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Tumors, Warts

Helichrysum: Bleeding, Liver Issues, Nerve Damage, Would Care

Immortelle: Anxiety, Bleeding, Inflammation, Nerve Damage, Scarring,  Tumors, Would Care

Lavender: Abscesses, Anxiety, Allergies, Burns,  Conjunctivitis, Inflammation, Tumors, Vertigo, Would Care

Lemon:  Anxiety, Electrolyte Balance, Immune Boost,  Infections, Lymph Function, Claw Strength

Melissa: Anxiety, Chronic Cough, Depression, Flu, Herpes, Immune Support

OnGuard: Abscesses, Colds, Flu, Immune Support, MRSA, Oral Health, Parasites, Spider Bites

Oregano: Bronchitis, Colds,  Infections, MRSA, Ringworm, Strep, Staph

Peppermint: Asthma, Bronchitis, Diarrhea, Fever, Heatstroke, Inflammation, Muscle Pain, Ulcers

Serenity: Anxiety, Burns, Inflammation, Nerve Damage, Scarring, Tumors, Wound Care

Zendocrine: Kidney and Bladder Infections, Liver Support


91 comments:

  1. thank you <3 this is such a great post. sharing this soon. i hope a post about kitties is coming up :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Olivia! Yes, after I finish part 2 for dogs I have great info on essential oils for cats :)

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    2. I was reading that "tea tree" which is in the Melaleuca is NOT to be used on dog or cats? I am using the Lavender on my dogs right now, hoping to help skin issues, but has anyone had a pet that they used the Melaleuca on? Read this: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/

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    3. Hi Judy, Yes, you want to be very careful with Melaleuca essential oil around dogs and cats.

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  2. I have 2 dogs and this is great info for treating them naturally (they're both seniors.) Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  3. I would like to know White Blood Cells More Than Red Blood Cells,Is It a Blood Cancer? Any Oil Can Help for Dog? Besides, What Oil Can Be Used For Lung Disease?

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Within 30 seconds of applying one drop of Balance on an individual's feet, the effects of this essential oil blend can be observed (i.e., the red blood cells go from being clumped and irregularly shaped to being round and oxygenated.

      It promotes peace and a sense of balance. It is very grounding and helpful for recovering balance inside and outside the body. Anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, calming, soothing to the nerves, supports pancreas in processing sugar and carbs, pain relief to muscles and coordination enhancer.

      Specific oils can help with specific conditions for dogs. Be sure to talk with your Vet first before using any oil on a dog specifically when dealing with cancer and/or lung disease. Breathe could be very helpful.

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  4. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  5. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  6. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  7. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  8. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  9. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  10. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  11. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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  12. What about terrashield? Would that be good to use on dogs to keep ticks away?

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    1. Yes, it would be wonderful for helping with ticks naturally!

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  13. I read that Melaleuca is toxic for dogs. Is that true? And, if that is are there other oils that are not good for dogs to have or be in contact with?

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    1. Hi Tracy,

      Thanks so much for reaching out. Yes, dogs are sensitive to citrus essential oils and melaleuca/tea tree oil. My neighbors are able to diffuse Lemon and OnGuard oils around their dogs without any issues. To error on the side of caution though, I would recommend just trying to diffuse one of the oils and seeing how your dogs respond. Same goes for topical and internal use and always consult with your Veterinarian first with any concerns you may have.

      Let me know how else I can help!

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    2. Thanks. I was using Melaleuca often, but use it now minimally. She doesn't seem to have any reactions when I use other oils - which I use many daily (bergomot, cypress, balance, onguard, frankincense, citriss bliss, purify). I've diffused oils with mixed results. Lavendar seems to charge her up rather than calm her down. Now she won't even come near me if I open the bottle.

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  14. My 6yr old dog has kidney failure and I'm needing to know if there is an oil I can use for her?

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    1. Hi Tammy,

      I am so sorry to hear about your dog and hope she begins to improve very soon!

      Consult with your veterinarian first, but I would recommend both the Zendocrine detoxification capsule and Zendocrine oil to help filter her organs (kidney, liver, colon, lungs and skin) and help them to function at their optimal level.

      You can give a 1/2 capsule (empty capsule and mix with food) twice daily and then put 3 drops of the oil in a capsule once daily with food.

      The DDR Prime oil will help to improve her health on a cellular level and help to ward the body of abnormal cells and create healthy ones. You can give 3-4 drops of the oil once daily. If you have further questions I can help with, you can email me at glutenfreepantryblog@gmail.com

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    2. Hi, I was just wondering how your dog is doing. Did she respond to the oils?

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  15. Thank you very much I will give it a try. The vet basically gave me subQ fluids to give her by IV and a special diet and that is all.

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  16. Great article! My dog has the early signs of a UTI. I do not have zendocrine or capsules (new to oils). I just placed an order for both after reading this page. I have been doing frankincense in a roll-on bottle on his back paws every few hours. Should I add oregano and onguard? If so, how many drops would you do for your dog? He's a 90lbs dog.

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    1. Hi Natalie, I'm so glad you found the essential oils. Yes, since it sounds like your dog is fighting off an infection, I would recommend 2-3 drops of OnGuard oil diluted with 1 tsp. fractionated coconut oil and apply topically over the area.

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  17. My dog is having major allergy problems. He just got groomed as well, so I'm sure the allergens are getting to his skin easier since his hair is shorter. He's constantly licking and I've given him benadryl, but it doesn't seem to work other than making him groggy. What blend of oils can I use to put on the areas he's licking to sooth it for him?

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    1. Hi Sabrina, I would recommend putting 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of frankincense or Roman Chamomile oil diluted with olive or coconut oil and applying it topically on his skin. You can also put 1 drop of lemon oil in his water. Lemon and lavender are wonderful for treating allergies in dogs holistically. Let me know if I can help with anything. Hope your sweet dog feels much better soon!

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  18. Hi Laura,

    My 13 year old mini schnauzer is showing signs of arthritis pain. She has moments when her back is humped up and she just doesn't want to move yet she hasn't lost her appetite and is drinking her water.
    I use wintergreen for my pain, is it safe to use on dogs? What would you suggest for tight muscles or muscle spasms for her?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Kris, Your dog sounds adorable! I do not recommend using straight or diluted wintergreen essential oil on your dog as dogs can respond differently to wintergreen. That said, I do recommend diluting 1 to 2 drops of Deep Blue oil blend with coconut oil and applying it topically on your dog. Deep Blue does contain a small amount of wintergreen oil alongside other oils, but most dogs respond very well to it. You can also use frankincense oil over your dog's back either in addition to Deep Blue or in place of it.

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  19. Zendocrine states that it has Grapefruit in it, I thought this was dangerous to give to dogs? My Emma (Dachshund) has a Bladder infection and regular antibiotics aren't helping her much and I was looking at your information and what's in Zendocrine. Would this help her?

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    1. Hi Danielle, Some dogs do not tolerate citrus essential oils internally. I would apply 1 drop of Zendocrine essential oil diluted with coconut oil over your dog's bladder area topically-not internally. See how she responds to the oil blend and then apply twice daily if the results are positive. Consult with your veterinarian first if you have any concerns.

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  21. My Holly was just diagnosed with Giardia. She is on antibiotics and they also gave her prednisone for allergies. We adopted her from a shelter in December. Since that time she has had a lot of health issues. When we first adopted she was diagnosed with coccidia which was treated. We went back to get her checked this week and now they said she has Giardia. What would you suggest to address this issue? I've tried Lavendar on her just to calm her down in the past. However, now she smells lavendar and runs the other way. She won't let me put it on her. I had mixed it with coconut oil and put it on her paws when I first started. What would you suggest for these two issues? Also any suggestions for applying oils to a reluctant dog? She is a beagle mix, 24lbs, 2 years old. When I read your list of oils and suggestions above I was also wondering amounts of each and best method of application. The detail would be helpful. I don't want to over do it with her. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Tracy, I would use 2-3 drops of DigestZen oil applied topically over her abdomen diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil. Most dogs really like Frankincense oil and it helps calm them down. I would put 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil topically over her back and paws diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil in place of Lavender oil.

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  22. my friends dog has parvo. are there any oils I can give him to help?

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    1. Yes, use 2 drops each of OnGuard and Melissa essential oils diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil and apply topically to your friend's dog. Melissa and OnGuard will help boost the immune system to help fight the virus.

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  23. What is a good oil to use when giving the dog a bath. My boston terrier always seems to stink and want to use an essential oil to help freshen him up.

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    1. Serenity or Lavender oil will be great!

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  24. my sweet American Bulldog has a tumor on his spleen and an kidney problems and he has started having sever constipation, What can I do to help my fur baby? He is all I have.

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    1. Big hugs to your sweet dog! To address the constipation, apply 2-3 drops of DigestZen oil diluted with a carrier oil topically over the abdomen area and rub in a clockwise motion. Do this 3 times daily to get things moving. For spleen and kidney health and to treat the tumors holistically, apply 2 drops each of Frankincense and Zendocrine oil diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil topically over these areas. I would also highly recommend the Life Long Vitality supplements (you can break them up and put them in your dog's food) to help fight inflammation on a cellular level and rebuild his health.

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    2. I will try this. Thank you so much.

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    3. My pleasure. Sending love to your precious dog!

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  25. My dog has a rash on the inside flap of his ears. Last time this happened the vet treated him for both a bacterial and fungal infection but didn't know which it was. I woild like to try an oil remedy before overtreating him again with medications. What would you suggest?

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  26. My dog has a rash on the inside flap of his ears. Last time this happened the vet treated him for both a bacterial and fungal infection but didn't know which it was. I woild like to try an oil remedy before overtreating him again with medications. What would you suggest?

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    1. 2 drops each of Frankincense and OnGuard essential oils diluted with 1 tsp. fractionated coconut oil. Make sure the oils do not go into the ear canal. Hugs to your dog!

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  27. I have a 7 month old puppy that has been having diarrhea. She was treated on a 7 day dose of dewormer due to the vet finding a worm egg in stool. She was doing ok but now she's having diarrhea again. I put a couple drops in the water for all my dogs since I read that it was a good detox, I'm not sure if this caused the diarrhea. I also read above that you suggested DigestZen combined with a carrier oil and rub it on the abdomen. Would you suggest the same thing for my situation? Can I use the fractionated coconut oil to use this method? I appologize for so many questions, I am new to these and don't want to overdo it on her sensitive tummy.

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    1. Hi Monica, Your puppy sounds adorable! Yes, you can use 1 to 2 drops of DigestZen oil with 1 tsp. fractionated coconut oil and apply topically to her abdomen.

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  29. Hello Laura,
    I signed up with doTERRA last fall and am still learning. My friends small dog suffers from occasional seizures, what do you suggest?

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    1. Hi Connie, A drop each of Frankincense and Lavender on each paw can be very helpful to stop a seizure quickly.

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    2. Is Frankincense safe to use along with seizure medications? We are using Phenobarbital and Keppra. He doesn't have really bad seizures, but it is hard to control them lately and his liver enzymes are not optimal. I spoke with our vet and his neurologist and they have no experience with essential oils so the weren't sure if it would be safe to use with his meds.

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    3. I have known dogs to use frankincense essential oil successfully while on seizure medication. I would also recommend Zendocrine oil diluted topically with a carrier oil over the liver area. Please consultant with another Veterinarian first though.

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  30. I've often wondered if the EO's could be used on my dog. I have a 7 lb poodle that thinks he's a lab! He's been diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 2. He's now 5 1/2. Is there an EO that will help with seizures? He takes phenobarbital 2x daily but I would prefer not to drug him just as I prefer not to drug my family.

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    1. Hi Trina, A drop each of Frankincense and Lavender oil on each paw can be very helpful to stop a seizure quickly. An additional drop of Lemongrass oil can also be very effective for seizures, but please talk to your veterinarian first.

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  31. Thank you for responding. Do they also prevent seizures?

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    1. Yes, you can use Frankincense, Balance and/or Serenity oils to help prevent seizures and ease anxiety too.

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  32. Hi,
    I read above that dogs are sensitive to melaleuca oil; i have been using a drop under my dog's paw which he had gotten into the habit of leaking constantly ( nothing seems wrong with it). I thought it would keep him from leaking and prevent any infection from developping. What should i use instead? Also, you recommend above using terrashield as tick/flea repellent- what would be acceptable quantities/ application frequency and areas for 50-pound dogs? Finally my other dog has developped a few cysts on her back that the vet wants to remove surgically once they get larger to prevent from popping and getting infected. What EO would you recommend? Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Coralie, In place of Melaleuca essential oil, you can use OnGuard oil blend. When it comes to animals, there is not always an exact set amount of oils per drop when it comes to weight as animals respond so differently to essential oils. I always recommend trying just 1 to 2 drops diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil before increasing the dosage of essential oils. I would first start off using 1-2 drops of Terrashield as a tick/flea repellent and increase to 3-4 drops diluted in 1 tsp. carrier oil if your dog responds well. I highly recommend Frankincense essential oil topically over the cysts on her back. I've seen miracles happen!

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  33. Hi. Do you think there is a ratio in using the oils on dogs? Should they be diluted with the coconut oil before applying? Or are we just using drops, or drop some in a dish and put some on a finger and rub? Sorry about being so specific, but where I am dealing with someone who is fairly new to oils AND has worked in a vet's office, I need her to feel confident about what she is doing. My sister has a dog, and I have suggested she use the oils on her. I think it is pancreatic cancer. The dog is having seizures and a few other things. I do not have the official diagnosis as of yet, but I do know that Frankincense and Lavender are on the use list.

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    1. Just as I hit submit, she responded. Insulinoma - in the pancreas. So yes, pancreatic cancer.

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    2. Hi Joelle, I always recommend 1-2 drops of an oil topically diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil the first time using an oil on a dog to see how he/she responds. You can put the oils in your hand and then rub on topically. Yes, Frankincense, Lavender, Serenity and AromaTouch oils are all very helpful for seizures.

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    3. Frankincense and Helichrysum oils as well as the LLV supplements in a small dose would be very helpful for the dog's cancer.

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  34. My 7 year old Labrador was just diagnosed with oral cancer and I was wondering what you recommend. We are waiting to see the oncologist for our options, but want to at least have some holistic methods to help him. I have heard Frankincense can possibly help with tumor and cancers. How would I use that and are there any other recommendations. Also her is about 85 pounds so dosage would be helpful too. Thanks

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I would recommend 1 drop of doTerra Frankincense essential oil with food twice a day as well as a small dose of the Life Long Vitality supplements with food in the morning as they are infused with powerful essential oils, immune boosting herbs and trace vitamins and minerals that benefit both humans and dogs and promote healthy cell proliferation :)

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  35. Thank you for your post. My 15 year old dog had a large silver dollar sized Mast Cell (tumor) on his rectum area. After a year it ruptured. The vets wanted $1200 min. to remove it. We have used doTERRA since they came out. I saw your post and was inspired. I thought I would share for your readers.

    I mix 10 drops Helichrysum (for bleeding and why not), 10 drops Frankincense (for tumor and healing), 15 drops Lavender (for skin and pain), and 15 drops melaleuca (skin and healing -he hasn't had a problem with it). Mixed it with Fractionated Coconut Oil in a Glass spray bottle. I sprayed it on the tumor 5-6 times a day to start (whenever he would start to lick it or when it would start to bleed). Within 3 days it wasn't bleeding anymore. Within a week and half we noticed a HUGE decrease in size. Now 2 months later it still has the area open that ruptured but the tumor is almost flat and the size of a nickle. These oils saved our dog as we were going to have to put him down. Now we spray it 2-3 times a day to keep him from licking it and keep it moist. I am hopeful that the skin will heal fully.

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    1. I should say that he is a big dog 75 lbs. So smaller dogs may only need smaller amounts mixed.

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    2. Wow, thank you so very much for sharing this with us! Essential oils can be such powerful natural healers for our best friends--out amazing dogs!

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  36. Do you have any suggestions for Red Mange or heart worm?

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    1. OnGuard and Oregano essential oils are very powerful natural treatments for parasites and worms in dogs. Start with only 1 diluted drop applied topically to see how your dog responds.

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  37. Do you have any suggestions for a dog that has been diagnosed with B cell Lymphoma?

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    1. Hi Gina, Frankincense and Melissa essential oils as well as a small dose of the Life Long Vitality supplements daily would be very helpful in boosting the immune system and helping to create healthy new cells. Hugs to your dog!

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      How much do you give a dog and where do you apply?

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    4. Hi Gina, Start with 1 drop Frankincense and 1 drop Melissa diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil and apply topically to the back of the dog and do the same for the abdomen area. You can give your dog 1 capsule of each of the 3 Life Long Vitality supplements in the morning with food. Lavender on the paws will also offer emotional support and lessen the anxiety of the dog.

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  38. My dog was diagnosed over a year ago with an anti immune disease that causes her skin to attack itself with lesions. She has been on ever antibiotic known and the only thing keeping it calm is pred to which it's been over a year - she has gained weight and has been showing signs of stiffness (I'm sure arthritis) and now a cluster of small lumps on her tummy. She struggles to get up and is walking very slowly. I'm sure this is a side effect of the pred. She is on grain free diet, a raw egg a day, glucosomine, turmeric, and bioflavoriods, fish oil, multi vit. I have used lavender and frank on her off and on. Wondering if I should be giving her frank regularly (like in a capsule), or another recommendation (DDR prime -I have the capsules) zendo? Would like to know what you recomend- she is a12 old beagle and really needs to get off the pred and rebuild her insides. We want her around for more years. Thanks for your help.

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    1. Hi Kimberly, Congratulations on the fabulous diet you are feeding her!! I would apply the Frankincense oil topically to her skin and the Zendocrine oil over her liver area. To boost the immune system, give her 1 capsule of each of the 3 Life Long Vitality supplements in the morning with food.

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  39. I love this! In the picture above, you're holding a tube of Deep Blue Rub. If my Chocolate Lab appears to have pulled a muscle in his back right thigh, would I apply Deep Blue Rub directly to the fur on that spot? Is that better than Deep Blue Oil? (I have both.) I did apply a drop of Frankincense to the pad of his foot this morning just to get it in his system. Thanks for the advice!

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    1. Hi Kimberly, You can apply either the Deep Blue Rub or the Deep Blue Oil diluted with FCO on the spot. One is not better than the other, but if you use the straight oil, just make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.

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  40. I see a little graphic on your website that is titled Essential Oil vs. Antibiotic. The text show how oils enter the cell membrance where the viruses are. I would very much like to read the reference that this info is baased on. Do you have a reference for me to read? Thank you for your informative webiste!

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    1. www.aromaticscience.com Provides scientific research and studies of essential oils as well as explains how the essential oils enter cell membranes to kill viruses.

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    2. Oh gosh there are a lot of papers on that website! Any chance you could cite a specific one?

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  41. Hi Laura,
    I have adopted a small, under 7lbs. Sweet dog, she is about 5 years old and she has several bad teeth, her gums are very red and inflamed. Was wondering what I can do for her, if you can recommend anything?

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    1. OnGuard essential oil diluted with a carrier oil is wonderful for oral health both in humans and dogs. Start with only 1/2-1 drop of OnGuard as your dog is so small and apply topically to teeth and inflamed gums.

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