Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Essential Oils for Dogs, Part 1




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

I know many friends who use Lavender oil and Calming 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 high quality, therapeutic grade 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. As always, please consult with your veterinarian first.



Essential Oil Favorites for Dogs:

Massage Blend: Circulatory Support, Overworked Muscles

Grounding Blend: Promotes Relaxation and Supports Healthy Joints (Add in Soothing Blend and Lemongrass)

Respiratory Blend: Supports Healthy Breathing

Soothing Blend: Muscle Cramps, Wound Care

Digestive Blend: Supports a Healthy Digestive System

Frankincense: Promotes Relaxation, Helps Promote Healthy, New Cells in the Body, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Supports Healthy Skin and Tissue

Helichrysum: Supports a Healthy Liver and Nervous System, Wound Care

Anti-Aging Blend: Supports Skin and Tissue Health, Calms the Nervous System, Wound Care, Reduces Scarring

Lavender: Calms the Nervous System, Helpful for Skin Conditions and Wound Care

Lemon:  Promotes Relaxation, Electrolyte Balance, Maintains a Healthy Immune Response in the Body, Supports the Lymphatic System, Claw Strength

Melissa: Stress Reducer, Immune Support

Protective Blend:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

Oregano: Supports Respiratory Health and Maintains a Healthy Immune Response in the Body

Peppermint: Supports Healthy Breathing, Maintains The Health of the Digestive System,  Muscle Pain

Calming Blend: Stress Reducer, Burns, Nerve Pain, Scarring, Wound Care

Detoxification Blend: Kidney and Bladder Support, Liver Support

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

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    3. I use homemade shampoo bars for washing my dogs, and there is lemon and tea tree essential oils in it. I've been reading those warnings too, and I wasn't sure at first if I should use my shampoo bars at all. But we haven't had any problems at all, and I actually made dog hair conditioner too with several essential oils - and that seemed to calm down my doggies after bath.

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

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  11. Kennel cough....how do you use Breathe essential oil to control

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  12. Hi, I have a 13 year old pom, who, after a dental visit with the vet developed a cough. I took her back to the vet and they said it was kennel cough. 2 antibiotic treatments later and a course of prednisone, she is no better. This has been going on for 6 months now. Any suggestions? She is otherwise healthy, but the cough is interrupting her sleep now. Any help would be appreciated. Jeanne

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  13. Lots of great info on this site! I have a male 14.5 year old Shih Tzu/Lhasa mix that in the past had urinary issues. He started chewing and licking on his private area last week, and I thought "here we go again", but I noticed that his stomach was making a gurgling sound; like when we eat something and it doesn't agree with our system. I also have a female 8 year old Shih Tzu that had 3 tumors removed from her mouth last month; not cancerous. Any suggestions on what I could give my male to stop the chewing/licking, and is there any prevention that would be good for my female regarding the mouth growths?

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    1. Thank you so much - I appreciate your advice!

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  14. My 6 month old puppy just got neutered today. They had to cut open his tummy because one of his testicles was in the abdomen and he seems to have a lot of discomfort...rightfully so. The vet have me Rimadyl for pain, but I was wondering if there's anything else I can give him, or apply to him, that will ease his discomfort? Thanks so much for all your help!

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  15. You can also give the dog Milk Thistle. Just check online for the dosages. I give my dog about half of what a human gets and he's about 40 lbs.

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  16. My little shih tzu ended up with a ugly sore on his neck, it doesn't seem to bother him but I'm thinking it might be cancerous. What oils do I put on it? Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! What would be a good carrier oil to go with it?

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    2. Fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil or olive oil are great carriers for dogs who are sensitive.

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  17. Thank you Laura for all the great advice! I have a 4 year old beagle-lab mix that will be going in for surgery next week to repair a torn ACL (knee). From what I'm reading, frankincense and lavender for pain and deep blue for inflammation?
    Can you tell me also the best way to apply.
    Thank you for your help.

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    1. Hi Andrea, Yes, those are wonderful oils to help your sweet dog. I find layering to be most effective. I would put Frankincense, then Deep Blue and then lavender over the area, but make sure the essential oils are diluted to see how your dog responds to the oils.

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  18. Hello I have a 100 lb Ridgeback and has had open sores and scabs on his mouth , lips and now snout. He was diagnosed last year with lip fold dermatitis and we were told to wash his lips with dial soap and then apply a antibiotic cream. It had only gotten worse and is now spreading to other parts of his face. I think the vet may have misdiagnosed him. He is also known to get rashes under his belly between his back legs. Please help. I want my fur baby to stop having open bleeding sores on his face that keep scabing:(

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  20. I have a friend whose dog was hit by a car. The dog has nerve damage to it's right front leg and it not able to use it. The vet told them to wait and see but the dog may require an amputation. I was going to suggest using helicrysum diluted in a carrier oil to help with the nerve damage. Do you think that is the best oil option and if so, which carrier oil would you recommend?

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  23. Do you generally recommend diluting the oils before applying them topically to your animal? I thought I had read that somewhere.

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    1. Hi Cathy, With dogs, yes, I recommend using a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically to first see how the animal will respond.

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  24. Thanks a lot Laura. I'm gonna try and let you know of her progress. Why do you not recommend Rosemary oil in dogs? Thanks!

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    1. Some dogs respond well to Rosemary essential oil diluted topically while others react adversely to it, so I error on the side of caution with this specific essential oil.

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  25. I have a Westie who has been struggling with some skin issues. She gets these itchy spots, pulls her hair out, and then licks the spots raw.

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    1. Hi Lisa, I suggest 1 drop each of Lavender and Frankincense essential oils with 1 tsp. carrier oil applied to the spots.

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    2. Hi Lisa, I would suggest trying a drop each of Lavender and Frankincense with 1 tsp. carrier oil to the spots.

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    3. Hi Lisa, I would recommend trying a drop each of Lavender and Frankincense essential oils to the area with 1 tsp. carrier oil twice daily.

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  26. Hi!

    My dog has an Infected anal gland. Is there any oil that can completely heal it and if so how should I apply it? Thank you!

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    1. I would talk with your veterinarian, but generally you can try 1 drop of Frankincense to the area.

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