Essential oils are widely used by a range of people and they can have very beneficial effects, so you may be interested to know if you can use essential oils to benefit your dog. Well the good news is that there are quite a number of essential oils for dogs that can be used to great effect
Lavender Oil For Dogs
Lavender is reputed to be a wonderfully calming essential oil for humans and the same is true for dogs. Placing a few drops on a blanket or pillow can help to calm your dog, which can help to lessen the anxiety caused by fireworks, or by travelling in the car. You can use lavender oil as part of aromatherapy for dogs, and in doing so help them to associate an area of your home with feelings of calm and safety.
Peppermint oil has been reported to be a natural deterrent for fleas. If you are looking for a natural remedy to prevent your dog from getting fleas then peppermint oil is something you could try. Some veterinarians also believe that peppermint oil stimulate circulation in older dogs, so can give them a boost to their overall health as well as helping to deter fleas.
Thyme Oil For Dogs
Thyme oil can offer pain relief for dogs suffering from arthritis and rheumatism. It is also a known antibacterial agent, as well as being effective in combating fungal infections and skin infections.
Spearmint Oil For Dogs
Spearmint oil is a great choice for dogs that have digestive issues, whether this is colic, diarrhoea or nausea. It has also been reported to work well for helping dogs to maintain a healthy weight as it can stimulate their bodies to develop a well-balanced metabolism. A word of warning though you should avoid using spearmint oil if you have cats in the house.
Eucalyptus Oil For Dogs
Eucalyptus oil is one of the most popular oils for use with dogs, not least because it is effective at coving up natural dog odours in your home. It also has benefits for dogs with respiratory problems and can provide relief for the symptoms of sinus infections and bronchitis.
Tips On Aromatherapy For Dogs
- You should always dilute essential oils for dogs.
- You should avoid using essential oils for puppies under 10 weeks of age.
- Don’t add essential oils to your dog’s food or water
- If you have cats in your home be especially careful as they are more sensitive to essential oils than dogs.
- If your dog is pregnant or prone to seizures you should consult your vet before using essential oils for aromatherapy.
Some essential oils can be hazardous to the health of your dog so should be avoided. These include, but are not limited to, cinnamon, citrus, pine, sweet birch, tea tree, wintergreen and ylangylang.
If following the use of essential oils your dog shows any signs of ill health such as vomiting, drooling or weakness you should seek the advice of your veterinarian immediately.