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. As always, please consult with your veterinarian first.



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, Wound Care

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

Lavender: Abscesses, Anxiety, Allergies, Burns,  Conjunctivitis, Inflammation, Tumors, Vertigo, Wound 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


195 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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    4. 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 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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    2. How would u apply the terra shield for fleas?

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    3. Hi Diane, You can apply TerraShield diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to their fur as well as paws.

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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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    4. We have a Chihuahua mix who has epilepsy. It is mostly controlled with phenobarbital, but sometimes he still has bad seizures and they come in clusters. I was nervous about trying frankincence since we are new to using oils. He started having a bad seizure the other day. My frankincense bottle was empty but still smelled pretty strong. We wafted it under his nose. The seizure stopped within 30 seconds...eyes clear and everything. He started having another about 15 minutes later. We wafted again with the same awesome results. He is 13 years old and has never come out of a seizure that quickly. Yea Frankie! We love you and will pay the big bucks to keep a good stock of you at our house :)

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    5. We have a Chihuahua mix who has epilepsy. It is mostly controlled with phenobarbital, but sometimes he still has bad seizures and they come in clusters. I was nervous about trying frankincence since we are new to using oils. He started having a bad seizure the other day. My frankincense bottle was empty but still smelled pretty strong. We wafted it under his nose. The seizure stopped within 30 seconds...eyes clear and everything. He started having another about 15 minutes later. We wafted again with the same awesome results. He is 13 years old and has never come out of a seizure that quickly. Yea Frankie! We love you and will pay the big bucks to keep a good stock of you at our house :)

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    6. Wow, thank you so much for sharing Robert!

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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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    2. Hi Jennifer,

      My sister's Springer Spaniel was just diagnosed with sarcoma of the lower jaw. Did you try the frankincense on your Lab? How did it go? TIA!

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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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    3. How much oil? I am trying to make a mixture to spray on my Aussies tummy/chest area , as he has been diagnosed with liver cancer and I want to get it directly over the tumor... I just don't understand the oil part! Please help!

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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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    3. http://www.reinventinghealthcareinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Dr.-Winterton-Biological-Effects-of-Essential-Oils.pdf

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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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  42. Not sure of this had been addressed earlier. What is a good substitute for trifexus? Fleas/tics/heart worm. It's an expensive monthly "required" treatment for dogs.

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  43. Not sure of this had been addressed earlier. What is a good substitute for trifexus? Fleas/tics/heart worm. It's an expensive monthly "required" treatment for dogs.

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    1. OnGuard, Oregano, Melissa and/or Frankincense essential oils would be great alternatives.

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  44. Any recommendation for dog having vestibular disease. My 10 yr old German Sheppard recently had an episode and is just recovering from it. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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    1. Hi Roberto, Frankincense essential oil will be very beneficial for your sweet dog for this as well as Melissa and AromaTouch essential oils.

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    2. Thank you, would all be combined at once and rub on his paws? Also he was recently diagnosed with megaesophagus, any suggestions for this would be greatly appreciated . Thanks again

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    3. You can use 1 drop of each essential oil with 1 tsp. carrier oil and apply them together to his paws or layer the oils. For megaesophagus, I recommend DigestZen oil.

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  45. I have an 8 month old lab that barks constantly when outdoors, mainly because we have sheep next door. But the barking is becoming a nuisance to our neighbors. He never barks in the house unless he is playing with my son. I have tried lavender behind his ears, just a drop. But I am curious if I should add it to his paws instead and/or use other oils that would cure his anxiety a bit. He gets very anxious when he sees the sheep. I have the FPK right now and would like to know any recommendation you have for this.

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    1. Hi Tricia, Lavender is a great start. I would add it to his paws. If Lavender doesn't do the trick, I would use Serenity essential oil for helping with anxiety. Frankincense oil also helps to promote calmness.

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  46. Hi I have a 2 1/2 yr old yellow lab that continues to have issues with her anal glands. She is on a grain free lamb and potato diet. Her stools are firm so her glands should express themselves naturally. But every three months I find myself at the vet having them expressed. Is there an essential oil that would help this condition? I can't imagine that squeezing them often is good for them or her.

    Thanks,

    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa, DigestZen essential oil would be very helpful for her.

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    2. Hi Laura, how much, how often and what method should I use? I am new to essential oils and want to ensure I help my dog and not hurt her.

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    3. Hi Lisa, You can give your dog 1 drop of DigestZen internally in water, food or an empty veggie capsule. You can also put 1-2 drops diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil and apply DigestZen oil topically over the area.

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  48. Hi Laura,

    There is a lot of great information here, thanks for putting this out there and taking the time to answer so many questions.

    I have a friend whose puppy was just diagnosed with congenital kidney failure. It doesn't sound good at all—they gave him a prognosis of 1 month to 1 year to live—but they are looking into holistic treatments (in addition to the special diet the vet prescribed) and hoping for a miracle. I have been researching, looking for options for oil treatments.

    I see here that you have recommended the Zendocrine Detoxification oil blend, as well as the DDR Prime oil blend. Can you give any guidance on the best way to administer the oils to this puppy? How much, how often, and where (pads of feet, abdomen, orally, etc.)? He's a large breed, so although he is 5.5 months old, he's already over 40 lbs.

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    1. Hi Heather, Wow, my heart goes out to your friend and her wonderful puppy. I also suggest playing it safe with essential oils and starting small, even if the animal is large. I would recommend half of one DDR Prime liquid capsule or 2 drops of the essential oil blend with food, twice daily. The Zendocrine new essential oil blend is fantastic for helping with kidney health. You can put 2 drops diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil over the kidney area several times per day.

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  49. Kennel cough....how do you use Breathe essential oil to control

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    1. Hi Diane, You can diffuse Breathe essential oil in your diffuser in your house as well as apply a few drops of it topically diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil and apply it over his throat area and paws.

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  50. 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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    1. Hi Mandie, Breathe and Melissa essential oils applied topically over her throat area and paws with a diluted carrier oil would be very beneficial for your sweet dog to help treat her cough. OnGuard oil on the paws will also boost her immune system and/or you can diffuse it in your home in a diffuser.

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  51. Is there anything for dogs with cataracts. She has a lot of inflammation and is on steroids.

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    1. Frankincense and helichrysum essential oils would be very beneficial for her. Frankincense will help with pain management too.

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  52. Hello, I saw in the comments on how Breath and Melissa can be used on dogs for Kennel Cough, but if I do not yet have carrier oils such as the fractionated coconut oil, can I still use it? And I have a husky so she is very hairy, would I just apply it to her feet? Thank you for your help.

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    1. H Gina, If you don't have fractionated coconut oil, you can use extra virgin olive oil as a carrier oil. You can apply these two oils to your dog's feet as well as over the throat area to help with Kennel Cough.

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  53. 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. Hi, Soothing lavender or Serenity blend essential oil will probably help stop the chewing and licking. For mouth growths, I highly recommend frankincense essential oil.

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

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  54. 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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    1. Ahh your sweet puppy! Frankincense and lavender (or Serenity oil blend) will work together to help him heal, but also ease his discomfort.

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  55. Love reading through all these, such good info! My 4 month old boston terrier has severe allergies, he has constant hives on his stomach and inner legs. We have tried everything, right now I am using lavender diluted with FCO on his hives but I want to get to the root of the problem. I am thinking he needs his immune system boosted with all the meds he has been on, what do you suggest? For both immune and allergies? I appreciate any advice :) I just want a healthy fur baby.

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    1. Hi Tanya, I would use Melissa and OnGuard essential oils to boost his immune system. You can also do lavender diluted and combine with lemon and peppermint essential oil on the paws to help with allergies.

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  56. Hi Laura,

    I have a dog who has been having elevated liver enzymes with no real diagnosis of what is causing them. I've been using zednocrine 4 drops in a capsule once a day and 4 drops of DDR prime in a capsule once a day. Do you have any other suggestions? Someone mentioned using helichrysm for liver problems, but no details were given. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, You can apply diluted helichrysum essential oil topically over the liver area twice daily.

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  57. 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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  58. I have a Mastiff that is 13 years old and arthritic. He also is 50% blind as well as he has nerve damage... Do I apply the oil onto his hips or the pads. Also I was looking at which might be best for him for his issues. Thanks

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    1. Hi Wendy, The Deep Blue oil will be wonderful to help him with arthritis, but you want to dilute it with a carrier oil. You can layer it with frankincense essential oil on top to help with both the arthritis and nerve damage. The oils can be applied to the pads as well as the hips.

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  59. 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. Hi Stacia, I would put Frankincense and then Immortelle essential oils layered on top of each other with a carrier oil over his neck/sore area.

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

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

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  60. 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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  61. 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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    1. Hi Nicole, I recommend OnGuard and Oregano essential oils diluted with a carrier oil applied topically to the mouth and lips.

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  63. 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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    1. Oh my goodness, my heart goes out to your friend's sweet dog. Helichrysum and Immortelle essential oils are very powerful for helping with nerve damage. I would recommend diluting with fractionated coconut oil or extra virgin coconut oil.

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  64. I was hoping to get some advice on which oils and method would be best for helping my dog recover from a rattlesnake bite. She is a 5 year old, 10 pound Maltese and she slowed the snake down long enough for my husband to get the shovel and catch it. So happy none of the little kids in the area were bit but my little dog got struck in the neck. It is swelling really bad and may develop necrosis. She is in the animal hospital today getting supportive care but will come home tonight and I would like to use oils to give her the best shot she has to survive the bite. We will know if she will pull through in a couple days. Which oils would be best? Should I dilute and apply directly to the wound? Thanks for your time and insight.

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    1. I am so very sorry to hear about the snake bite! With such a situation, I have to recommend the top oils for this situation: Helichrysum and Melissa. They will help both with wound care and immune support. Another option is Frankincense with Immortelle. Apply directly to wound with 1 tsp. carrier oil first to see how dog responds.

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  65. I have a 15 and half year old German Shepard mix. She had vestibular disease last year and is now showing signs of degenerative Myelopathy. any suggestions to keep her back end stronger??? So sad to watch her get so weak. Thank you...

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    1. Hi Kracey, I would recommend Helichrysum, Deep Blue and OnGuard essential oils to support her immune system, nervous system, spinal cord and back muscles. Make sure to use 1 drop of each oil if possible with at least 1 tsp. carrier oil.

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  66. Typing again cause my first try disappeared so if it she's up twice, I apologize....

    Dealing with one of my 4 dogs having two types of staph, one very rare for 4 months. Feel like we're trying everything to no avail. Her shampoo has tea tree and neem oil and have just started using OnGuard oil mixed with coconut oil and even few drops of Oregano topically.

    Curious to know if I can use either (or both) OnGuard or Oregano internally and if so, how much? Thinking of trying to tackle her immune from the inside out to see if that gets reaction towards the positive side. Very frustrated and overwhelmed. Feel so bad for her but for me too

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    1. Keyboard stuck in middle of finishing.... Feel so bad for her and wish I could help her, but kind of stressing. Been under house arrest with her all summer. Poor musth face! Thank you for your help and your site. SO informative. Truly appreciate any help....

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    2. Hi Cheri, You can try 1 drop of OnGuard one day with food or water and 1 drop of Oregano oil the next day in food or water. See how your dog responds. It will help boost her immune system, but dogs react differently to internal use of essential oils. Frankincense is also a great immune booster. You can do 1 drop of Frankincense in food morning and night.

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    3. thanks! I will try that. thought she was doing better. found 6 new sores after her bath last night! ARGH! Definitely feel like Charlie Brown when Lucy takes away the football... i'll let you know! thanks again...

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    4. Yikes! More OnGuard and Frankincense oils for sure on those sores. Hope they heal quickly.

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    1. This was referring to MandieMays post from May 19, but it doesn't look like it attached to it. I should add that he recently had a coughing episode that caused him to stop breathing altogether and had to be rushed to emergency. It was really scary so anything would be helpful.

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    2. Oh no! For coughing, Breathe essential oil blend can be applied topically, diluted with a carrier oil, or diffused in the home to help open up the airways.

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  69. My 8 month old puppy was hit in the eye with a woofle ball. Her eye is red and moving around in different directions:( The vet did a pressure test and that was normal thankfully. Vet said to watch her and if her behavior changes bring her back. Im hoping the eye moving around is just from the swelling. Do you have any suggestions for healing faster?

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    1. Hi Alex, Oh no, your sweet puppy! I hope she heals quickly. I recommend Immortelle oil blend applied topically (and diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil) around her eye area (but not in the eye).

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  70. My 10 yr old Shih Tzu was diagnosed with a fast growing lymphoma in Feb 2014 and she's had 3 tumors removed to date. Vet has her on 10mg. of Prednisone every other day and I just started using Frankincense oil on her in the last week. I saw that you recommended the Life Long Vitality supplements for another dog that has lymphoma. Would these be safe to take along w/the prednisone and if so, what dosage? Any other suggestions would also be very appreciated.

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    1. I would first talk with your Veterinarian. Then I would start with only 1/4 of the LLV supplements daily. You can empty 1 of each of the supplements into the morning food and see how your dog responds.

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    2. I will talk to her vet first. But, I'm confused. You said start w/only 1/4 of the LLV supplements. I was thinking there were only 3 bottles(3 supplements. Thank you!

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    3. Yes there are 3 bottles/supplements. In regards to 1/4 of the supplements, I suggest just 1 of each of the 3 supplements daily (instead of the adult human dosage).

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  71. Not sure if my first post went through so if this is a repeat I'm sorry, my dog ripped one of his toenails off, I have been using frankincense to help fight infection, and have been cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide. Is there anything else I could/ should do? Thanks

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    1. Hi Debby, I would also add in OnGuard and/or Oregano essential oil diluted with 1 tsp. carrier oil and apply it to the infected area until the toenail heals.

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  72. Hi! We just found out two days ago, that our amazing boxer Tucker who is only 4 has a Glioma (tumor) on his brain that is huge, 3/4th the size of his brain and it's aggressive and fast. He is not suffering yet- we won't allow him to, but I'm not reading anything about internal tumors? Do you know of anything that might help us love on him a little more?

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    1. Frankincense essential oil is also fantastic for internal tumors. I would recommend 2 drops a day to start with each meal. Big hugs to your sweet Tucker!

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  73. What about DDR Prime? I would think that with the Frankencense minus the Melaluca, that would definitely help benefit dogs...

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    1. Yes, absolutely. DDR Prime is amazing at healing the body on a cellular level.

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  74. Hi I have a friend who's 15 yr old pug is having issues with his pancreas.. what oils would you recommend and how do we apply?? or administer Brenda Coderre

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    1. Hi Brenda, I would recommend Zendocrine essential oil blend applied topically over the area as best you can as well as Frankincense oil.

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  75. 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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  76. My poor shiba inu has been scratching and itching non stop. I have had him in a cone and also a donut behind the cone to try and prevent him from scratching. His face, legs and chest are completely raw and bloody from his constant scratching/rubbing. Is there anything that will help this. All the vet says is that he is sensitive to the weather and has allergies. Is Lavender oil the way to go?

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    1. Hi Laura, Oh poor guy! If it is allergies, equal amounts of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically to the paws and throat area will help. For the skin, Lavender and Immortelle roll on blend will help with the itching and let the skin repair. Immortelle has Frankincense and Helichrysum in it.

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    2. Thank you so much!! I am having blood work done to see exactly what it is he may be allergic too. But in the meantime I'm going to try the oils. Thank you so so much!! :)

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  77. hi I have some question about those oil mixture that how many drops I have to mix to make it ? I would like to get those information if anyone know about it please help me to tell me my email address is tmurabe@gmail.com
    please send me email if anyone know how to make those oil
    thank you

    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, Wound Care

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

    Lavender: Abscesses, Anxiety, Allergies, Burns, Conjunctivitis, Inflammation, Tumors, Vertigo, Wound 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

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  78. I have a friend that has a 11yo Aussie. He has scab like lesions all over his body. Had to shave him his under coat is nonexistent. Vet prescribed Revolution #57 for something they are not sure of. Test results are normal for liver and kidneys and no mange, fleas or ticks. It's not contagious cause they other dog does not have it. Not sure how to help her. I use oils but need help on this one....thanks

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    1. Hi Jackie, Frankincense essential oil applied topically with a carrier oil will be very beneficial to healing the lesions on his body. Another great option is Immortelle roll on blend.

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  79. Hi Laura. I'm from Costa Rica and just beginning to work with essential oils. I have a recued dog that has skin problems I have to give her prednisolone every 3 weeks to help with the itching and she doesn't have hair in 60% of her body. Shes been in all kinds of treatments, shampoos, etc. but nothing seem to work, only prednisolone for the itching. Is there an oil that can help with the itching and also with the lack of hair?
    I really LOVE to see her hair grow back!!!! Thank you

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    1. Hi Fiorella, Costa Rica sounds lovely! Lavender and Frankincense essential oil applied topically with a carrier oil will be the most helpful for your sweet girl. It will help stop the itching and address the skin problems. Rosemary essential oil is wonderful for helping hair grow back, but I do not recommend this oil on dogs.

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  80. 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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  81. Hello! I am so excited to have stumbled upon your website. My golden mix has terrible allergies. We have tried everything. Her vet is trying to get me to go see a Doggie Dermatologist and spend hundreds of dollars on an allergy test. I am 99% she has seasonal allergies. I wanted to try these oils before I went to the dermatologist. She has dermatitis and inflammation. Which oils would you recommend? Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Hi Jessica, I'm so glad you stopped by here! To address her seasonal allergies, I recommend a drop each of lemon, peppermint and lavender essential oils with 1 tsp. coconut oil applied to her paws twice daily. I would also recommend Frankincense essential oil with the Lavender oil applied topically to help address the dermatitis and fight inflammation.

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  82. Hi! My dog has blood in her urine what kind of oil can I use to hep her with that? She is being treated for an urinary tract infection by the vet.

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    1. Hi Lynn, In this situation, I would work with your veterinarian. You can use a drop of Frankincense essential oil internally with water or food twice a day to boos the immune system and apply Melissa essential oil topically.

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  83. Hello! My co-worker has a 3-year old English bulldog with very severe allergies. He can only eat one kind of food, and is constantly scratching. He even gets little hives or bumps on his paws and face. They have him on medication that really doesn't seem to be helping too much. What kind of essential oils might be able to help him?

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    1. Hi Katie, I recommend 1 drop each of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils with 1 tsp. coconut oil applied to his paws and throat area twice daily to naturally help with allergies. These oils can also be diffused in a diffuser in the home.

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