While essential oils are very therapeutic and helpful, they can also do harm. I will reiterate again that the quality of your oils should be a priority. Also please remember that just because a product is all natural, it does not mean it is safe for all. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove (leaf or bud), Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few. I encourage readers to do their own research and consult with their vet; I am simply highlighting a few oils.
In part two, I will highlight a few oils that are safe for our canine friends.
Essential Oils for Dogs
Some oils that are safe for dogs include:
Bergamot: Antifungal, soothing. Excellent for ear infections caused by yeast or bacterial overgrowth.
Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Carrot Seed: Anti-inflammatory, tonic, with moderate antibacterial effects. Good for dry, flaky, sensitive skin which is prone to infection. Can rejuvenate and stimulate tissue regeneration, thus effective for scar healing.
Cedarwood: Antiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating. Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types. Flea-repelling.
Chamomile, German: Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use. Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.
Chamomile, Roman: Antispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming. Good for soothing the central nervous system. Effective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.
Clary Sage: Nerve-calming, gentle when used in small amounts and properly diluted. Sedates the central nervous system.
Eucalyptus: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant. Good for relief of chest congestion. Effective in repelling flea.
Geranium: Gentle and safe, antifungal. Good for skin irritations, fungal ear infections. Effective in repelling ticks.
Ginger: Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted. Good for motion sickness, aids digestion. Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.
Helichrysum: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic. Helpful for skin conditions and irritations. Effective for healing of scars and bruises. Effective for pain relief.
Lavender: Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming. Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid. A “must-have” oil for you and your dog!
Marjoram: Sweet Strong antibacterial, calming, a muscle relaxant. Good for bacterial skin infections, wound care, insect repelling.
Niaouli Antihistaminic: A powerful antibacterial properties, yet less likely to cause irritation than Tea Tree. Good for ear infections and skin problems caused by allergies.
Peppermint: stimulates circulation, insect-repelling. Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains. Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness.
Sweet Orange: Calming, deodorizing, flea-repelling. Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Valerian: Nerve-calming. Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.
For dogs, essential oils can be used in a variety of ways, from bathing to calming the nerves through diffusion. Some points to remember:
* Dogs cannot tell you what is or is not working. As such, you must closely watch their reactions. Excessive scratching, sniffing, nervousness or whining are all signs to watch for.
* Always dilute the oils. A common acceptable dilution is 25% of the adult human formula. Fractionated coconut oil is my favorite, grape seed oil is my second favorite.
* Giving essential oils internally is not generally recommended.
* It is recommended to not use any oils on medium-large breed puppies under 8 weeks, and small or toy breeds under 10 weeks.
* Gradually introduce the oils.
* What is good for a large dog is not good for a small dog. Size matters, and less is definitely more when working with oils, for animals or humans.
* Sick, frail, older, or pregnant dogs have special considerations, just as in humans. Do not administer the same dose to them as you would to a healthy animal of the same size.
* Never use oils near the eyes, mouth, nose, or genital area.
* Again I want to stress the use of QUALITY oils and to discuss healthcare choices with your vet.
***Essential Oil tip***Consult your doctor or vet before experimenting with essential oils if you or your pet are taking prescription or over the counter medications.
In Part 3 I will highlight a few essential oils that are safe for our kitty friends.
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