For sure, we all know how beneficial essential oils act on the psychoemotional, as well as the physical condition of a person. But it turns out that you can apply aromatherapy not only to people, but also to pets, in particular, to dogs. Dogs have a very high level of smell (at times exceeding human), therefore essential oils show a high result in the process of their treatment.
In this article we will give answers to the questions, in which cases the essential oils for dogs will bring the maximum benefit, we will talk about their correct application, plus we will consider several proven recipes for aromatic mixtures.
Indications for use
In which situations is it recommended to use essential oils for dogs? If you look at the statistics, almost 80% of all dogs suffer from various pathologies with hair or skin - these can be both allergic reactions, and eczema, dermatitis and so on. With the help of certain flavors (eg essential oils of lavender, caraway and chamomile), you can significantly alleviate the condition with these diseases.
At the head of the list of the most useful oils for dogs is lavender. It allows you to cope with skin itching, has antibacterial and soothing effects. Lavender is indicated for use by restless and nervous representatives of the canine family.
In addition, as an effective relaxing agent, ylang-ylang essential oil and sage oil will perform.
If your main goal - to scare off ticks and fleas, it is worth using lemongrass oil, grapefruit and lemon oils will also suit.
For animals that suffer from joint pathologies, you should perform massage sessions based on aromatic oils. Another indication for the use of aromatherapy in animals is the presence of dysbiosis (this is a very common pathology, both in humans and in tailed animals).
To prevent the occurrence of this scourge, it is important to carefully monitor the ration of the pet. Do not feed your dog alone with porridges (special harm is brought by a mango) or boiled potatoes. If your dog already has a dysbacteriosis, you should increase the frequency of feeding, while decreasing the single volume of the food received. It is also important to enrich the animal's diet with easily digestible dietary products, such as boiled chicken, turkey, veal and eggs.
When dysbiosis is also recommended to use essential oils for dogs. Give your preference to the oils of chamomile, cloves and ginger. Take a few drops of one of the oils, connect with the vegetable and gently rub into the ears of the dog a couple of times a day. Take into account the fact that for once it is permissible to use only one oil, so as not to cause the dog to have an allergic reaction.
If your pet was stung by a wasp or a bee, essential oils of calendula, lavender, wormwood, arnica, which must be diluted with ordinary sunflower oil, will come to the rescue. The resulting mixture is rubbed into the bite site.
But do not forget that some of the oils are unfit for dogs. For example, very popular in people, tea tree oil has a very strong effect on animals. Therefore, it should be used with extreme caution, and if possible - replace it with any other one having a similar effect.
For essential oils for dogs to bring only benefit and minimum harm , you need to follow certain precautions:
- Always use only 100% pure therapeutic essential oil;
- Use only essential oils that are safe for dogs;
- Always add essential oils to the base before use on the tailed pet;
- Do not pour too much essential oil (not more than 10-15 drops) into 15 milliliters of the main oil (olive, almond, and so on);
- On mini-dogs, a smaller dose of essential oil should be used than on small and medium sized dogs;
- Quite a bit of oil should be used for puppies, elderly dogs, and also for animals that have certain health problems;
- Before using essential oils in pregnant females it is worth to consult a veterinarian (in this case, the use of stimulating oils (mint, rosemary, eucalyptus, neroli, tea tree oil) is prohibited;
- It is also forbidden to use essential oils for dogs that have a tendency to seizure and epileptic seizures (some oils, such as rosemary, can provoke such attacks, by the way this rule also applies to people;
- Do not apply essential oils close to the nose and eyes, as well as around the anus and genitals.
Methods of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy in dogs can be performed by the following methods:
- Through massage;
- By diffusion (spraying);
- With the help of inhalation;
- Through applications.
In the process of massage, oil penetrates into the skin and is prone to be quickly absorbed by the smallest capillaries, then spreading along the bloodstream. You can apply essential oils on the skin with the help of hands or sprinkle them. Another way to use oils is to add them to ready-made conditioners, balms and so on. Do not forget that 100% oil should be diluted before use.
Inhalation together with diffusion (spraying) are two more ways of aromatherapy in dogs. Sprayed in air, the oil enters the lungs of the dog. For inhalations, a special aroma lamp is often used, which is installed outside the reach of the animal, necessarily on a stable surface. By time, the inhalation procedure usually lasts about 15 to 40 minutes. A noticeable result begins to appear after five to seven days of daily execution of this manipulation.
When carrying out applications, the oil is directly applied to the skin of the animal - it is bred according to the chosen prescription and, with the help of massage movements, spreads on the spine, and also in the area behind the ears of the dog.
Feedback 1. I read on the Internet a recipe that helps to get rid of mosquitoes. You need to take two tablespoons of any base oil and add to it 15 to 20 drops of the main oil (at your discretion - basil, cloves, eucalyptus, geranium or rosemary). Treat this mixture area along the spine of the animal, as well as behind the ears. Just a couple of days after I performed this manipulation with my tailed pet, all the fleas disappeared, as if by magic. We are very satisfied, we recommend!
Feedback 2. There is nothing better than natural remedies. This is especially true of animals, because they are often prone to various unforeseen reactions like allergies. I have long been protecting my tailed ptomes from ticks with the help of essential oil of geranium (sometimes I replace it with palmrose oil). The animal is safe, and I'm calm that the dog will not bring a dangerous insect into the house!
Now you know how to correctly apply essential oils for dogs, so that they bring only good. Use this knowledge and protect your tailed pets from all sorts of dangers around the world.