Why not use essential oils to make your ENTIRE family happy and healthy, including that loyal friend of yours! Yup, that’s right! I’m talking about your furry friend who is always waiting by your side for a little extra attention, snack, or pat on the head. Instead of taking a trip to the vet, who we all know can be challenging with your pup, treat them with some essential oils in the comfort of your home! You will be happy, and so will your pooch!
Let’s say your dog has an ear infection.
You take him/her to the veterinarian, & you’re easily billed $50-$100!!! OUTRAGEOUS! Using Essential Oils to cure your dogs ear infection can cost up to $1.40, yes!!
5 drops of Lavender- 45 cents, 5 drops of Melaeuca- 40 cents, 5 drops of Geranium- 55 cents
Precautions to be aware of when using oils with dogs!
- Always dilute the oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil
- Avoid eyes, nose, anal area, and anal and genital areas. Yeah, just don’t go there
- Use cautionsly with puppies under 10 weeks of age, very old dogs, or pregnant dogs
- Avoid these oils on dogs completely: Wintergreen, thyme, close, cassia, camphor, and oregano (except for in the extreme case of parvo)
Tea Tree Oil (aka Melaleuca)
Tea tree oil has phenolic compounds that can be hard for a dog’s body to process, but only in high doses. The oral toxic does of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 0.22 grams is about 4 drops of tea tree oil. This would mean that a 1 pound dog would have toxicity symptoms if you applied 4 drops of tea tree oil.
Obviously, most dogs are at least around 10-20 lbs. To hit toxic levels of phenols, you would have to apply 40 drops of tea tree oil to a 10lb dog at one time. OF COURSE, this would be ridiculous and toxic. Anyone given a high amount of phenolic compounds would develop toxicity issues.
When applying essential oils, you need a good dose of common sense. As long as you understand that applying 1-3 drops at a time, and diluting for children & pets is the best practice, you’ll be good to go!Note: The phenolic toxicity level in cats is unknown, but we do know that cats are more sensitive than dogs. It’s advised to avoid Melaleuca in cats, unless there is a severe injury or illness.
How to Apply Essential Oils to Dogs!
For dogs, essential oils can be used aromatically by putting a drop of the essential oil on their collar or on their dog bed, You can also make a spray by adding a few essential oil drops to water and spraying on the dog’s fur. ( Remember, glass is best to use when working with essential oils, stay away from plastic spray bottles at all costs!)
You can apply essential oils to the spine, ears, or even on the toes or pads of dogs. You can apply essential oils directly to the wound pretty much anywhere on the body, but remember to avoid the eyes, nose, anal & genital areas.
Before ingest ANY essential oils or you make your pets ingest them, you must understand that they must be Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. doTERRA is a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, so you’re safe! You can put the essential oils in an empty gel capsule or in your dog’s food if they don’t mind the flavor. It is recommended to only administer one drop when allowing a dog to ingest internally.
Below are a few common ailments & essential oil remedies for your pooch 🙂
- For cleaning & disinfecting a wound; Purify or Lavender with a cotton ball
- To stop heavy bleeding; Helichrysum
- To help with a bad infection; Frankincense
- Upset stomach? Apply 1-2 drops of DigestZen directly to the stomach
- Kennel Cough? Combine Breathe (15 drops) and OnGuard (10 drops) diluted in 1 TBS of coconut oil and apply on the bottom of paws of to scruff of the neck 2-3 times per day. If not working, apply same amount but more often. Also apply 1 drop of lime and thyme to the paws
- Doggie Bug Repellent; use DIY Bug Repellent Spray (made with TerraShield) and apply to the fur, reapplying every 5-6 hours
- After tick removal, put Lavender or Melaleuca on wound 2 times per day until healed
- Doggie Allergies? Place one drop of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint in an empty capsule and give to dog, or put in food. Want to get even simpler? Give your dog TriEase!
- Arthritis? Apply 5 drops of Deep Blue diluted in 1 tsp. coconut oil along the spine of problematic areas to ease pain and inflammation
- Essential Oils with other anti-inflammatory properties: Vetiver, Ginger, Rosemary, and Peppermint
- Anxiety/Fear (Maybe your dog is a Nervous Nelly during thunderstorms? Try relaxing them with oils!); Lavender, Serenity, Balance, Vetiver can all be applied topically by rubbing on paws, diffused in a room, placed on the dogs collar, or sprayed on dog bedding.
- Essential Oils with other calming properties: Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Elevation, or Citrus Bliss
- Tumors? Apply 1 drop of Frankincense directly on the tumor, undiluted, 2 times per day
- Seizures? Apply 1 drop of Frankincense on spine & 1 drop of Lavender on paws
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