While essential oils have been around forever, there are still many out there that really don’t know much about them and the benefits they have for both us and our pups.
Every time I see someone post a question on any one of the dog groups on Facebook about a certain issue with their dog such as separation anxiety, hyperactivity, arthritis, or even tummy troubles, I try to share my knowledge on this subject with them.
In past posts I shared information about specific oils like lavender, eucalyptus, and the use of essential oils for flea and tick prevention.
In case you may have missed reading those here are the links:
Natural flea and tick prevention:
Benefits of lavender essential oil:
Benefits of eucalyptus essential oil:
The list of essential oils that can benefit our dogs is actually pretty lengthy, but today I would like to share some information on specific oils I have not yet had a chance to talk about. I always try to go the natural route for my dogs and only use chemical preventatives and prescription medications when truly necessary.
1. Cedar Oil, also known as cedar-wood oil, aids in repelling pests and killing them. Cedar-wood also has a relaxing effect on dogs and supports healthy skin. It can be used in a diffuser to calm your pup.
It is also an antiseptic for the lungs, anticatarrhal, expectorant for coughs, such as kennel cough, stimulates circulation, good for stiffness, arthritis, back pain, stimulates hair growth, clears dandruff, strengthens kidney function, diuretic, lymphatic decongestant, calming, especially for nervous aggression, extreme timidity or shyness and for those dogs that need a sense of inner security.
2. Lemongrass Oil, in just a small amount creates a very pleasant citrus smell, and actually keeps away fleas and ticks as well as improves the condition of your dog’s skin.
It is uplifting and clarifying, is an immune stimulant, antiviral, antiseptic, stimulates pancreatic function, antidiabetic, anti-anemic, anticoagulant, antifungal, air antiseptic, antispasmodic (stomach), breaks down excess bone deposits, good for arthritis and kidney stones, clears mental confusion, increases concentration, and increases trust in self and others. It is VERY useful with dogs who have moved homes often.
3. Citronella Oil, is yet another insect-repelling essential oil. You can diffuse this oil instead of lighting citronella candles to keep bugs out of your home and off your pups.
4. Frankincense Oil, is a safer and less potent oil used in many aspects of pet care. It can be used from wound care to behavior improvement to antibacterial healing. It’s a great all-around oil to use with your pup.
Frankincense has even helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system, has been observed to reduced tumors, external ulcers and even increases blood supply to the brain.
5. Peppermint Oil, is great for helping dogs that are overheated. It can be used on long hikes and added (in a tiny quantity) to drinking water for internal cooling. As an analgesic, it can be used for acute injuries as well.
6. Spruce, Blue Tansy, Frankincense & Rosewood Blend also known as Valor Blend, can help with fear, behavior, and training. It can also aid in the healing of skin masses, itching, allergies, and infections. Try some in a diffuser, on your pup’s collar or with topical application.
7. Marjoram oil, is anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial. It helps to alleviate diabetes and depression symptoms, nerve pain, and assist with liver problems.
…. and many more!
Essential oils have so many benefits for dogs and work wonders! It’s important that you do your own research, especially on dosage. You can very easily overdose your dog on essential oils, so it is important to note that essential oils must be used as directed and not all can be used topically on dogs.
As alway, I stress to you the importance of ALWAYS consulting your own Veterinarian before using ANY essential oils for your pup!
Stay tuned to right here on Paws Give Me Purpose for more valuable information and benefits of essential oils!
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