Essential oils for Dogs: A Quick How-To
You’ve probably wondered how you can share the amazing benefits of essential oils with your animals. Which oils are safe to use? How much can I apply? Should I diffuse or apply topically?
What effect does it have on my pet?
Oils have been shown to have many possible desirable effects such as reducing anxiety and inflammation, fighting oxidative processes, battling toxins and fighting infections by inhibiting bacteria, fungi and viruses. Oil odors can also be used to affect mental states and memory.
How it works
Essential oils are absorbed by inhalation, ingestion and contact with the skin. They rapidly enter the body and the blood stream and are distributed to various tissues. As with all compounds, some chemicals have a biological affinity for specific tissues, and doctors — or those knowledgeable about oil use — can use this property to select oils that will target specific tissues.
- Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure or diluted. Useful in conditioning patients to a safe space. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness, to name a few.
- Cardamom: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn and nausea.
- Fennel: assists the adrenal cortex, helps break up toxins and fluid in tissue. Balances pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands.
- Helichrysum: Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. Also useful in cardiac disease.
- Frankincense: Has helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system. Has reduced tumors and external ulcers. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use caution).
- Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder. When diluted and used short term, this oil is helpful for many gastrointestinal issues in cats.
How to use essential oils on our pets
Add a few drops of essential oil (single or combination of oils) into a spray bottle filled with about 200-300ml of water. Give your spray bottle several good shakes to form an emulsion before use as essential oils are hydrophobic & float on the surface of the water level. Spray the emulsion onto your pets’ fur or legs. Avoid spraying or getting any aerosols near your pets’ face!
Add a few drops of essential oil (single or combination of oils) into a bottle with a pump nozzle filled with about 200-300ml of carrier oil. Mix the solution well. Dispense a few drops of the solution into your palms, rub your palms together to warm the solution before massaging the mixture onto your pets’ fur. A little goes a long way! Avoid applying onto your pets’ faces.
Collars & Leashes
Add one or two drops of undiluted essential oils onto your pets’ collars (at the back of their necks) or leashes before bringing them outdoors. This will help to protect your beloved pets from being bitten by mosquitoes & other bugs while they are out.
Some commonly used carrier oils used to dilute essential oils are:
If you do not wish to use carrier oils, you could simply add a few drops of essential oils to water in a spray bottle.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of a pet. Always consult your own veterinarian.
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