Essential Oils for Dogs
Dogs, and humans alike, may use essential oils as holistic remedies. Now more than ever, the use of natural oils for dogs has bloomed with many holistic veterinarians and medical practitioners recommending certain essential oils to improve pets’ health and help treat common ailments. But before that, it is important to know what they are and how they should be used.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural oils extracted from highly concentrated plant substances that induce aromatherapy by causing calming sensations, relieving stress, and soothing aches. According to research, potent oils may have health benefits for dogs. While this is true, the same research institutes have fallen short of tangible evidence that essential oils could treat several ailments in dogs. Even so, this has not stopped many dog parents from trying their luck in treating a wide range of health issues with the same. But popular does not always mean good.
Are essential oils safe for dogs?
First things first, pets have a more sensitive sense of smell compared to their human friends. Due to this, they are not likely to respond to pleasant fragrances as humans do. Some scents may be too overwhelming and harmful to your dog. It is, therefore, recommendable to consult a professional at vetsend prior to exposing your dog to any form of aromatherapy.
Some of the oils your dog may find irritating, and toxic include eucalyptus oil, cinnamon, peppermint, wintergreen, pine, and citrus. On the flip side, some fragrances can be coupled with carrier oils to make them pet tolerative. These include:
Chamomile oil– this oil can help ease up your canine friend and help them learn to socialize better. It can also help settle a stomach upset for your companion.
Lavender oil – specifically great for an itchy dog, lavender oil helps prevent infections through its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Myrrh oil – just like the latter, myrrh is a great cleanser when dealing with skin irritations.
Frankincense oil – widely used in wound care, it is a potent oil with antibacterial properties which improve healing.
How to use essential oils on your dog
Always keep in mind that oils used the wrong way can harm your dog. What is meant for the skin when ingested may lead to gastrointestinal problems. The same goes for oils that should not be inhaled and can cause respiratory problems. The safest way to use essential oils on your dog is to consult your veterinarian to equip you with the best dilution dosages and application methods.