Now, I did just write a post about using essential oils about cats, but of course I could not leave out a post about what essential oils to use for dogs. I know a lot of you guys have a puppy at home, that could also benefit from essential oils. Along with yourself and your kiddos.
I don’t have a dog, but I know lots of people that do, and I know lots of people who have helped their puppies by using essential oils on them.
Dogs are the same as cats, you can use essential oils on them. As long as they are the pure quality essential oils and they are very diluted. These specific essential oils are safe for dogs and can help with the health concerns they have, just like humans.
Essential Oils for a Nervous Dog or Separation Anxiety
Many times our puppies get nervous and anxious about being away from us. Or because of storms and other loud things. So for this nervousness or anxiety use one to two drops of restful blend. You just put a couple drop in the palm of your hand, and then rub into the dog’s fur on his chest, sides and neck. Usually this will calm the doggy right down.
Another good option is to diffuse the restful blend in the diffuser while you are going to be gone, or while there is a storm going on. Then the dog can smell the oil as it comes out of the diffuser, and be calm. Here is a great diffuser that I would recommend. Please no buying the oils from here because there is no guarantee of purity or quality, but this diffuser is fabulous!Another option for your nervous puppy is to use lavender essential oil on him. In the same way you would use the restful blend. But the restful blend tends to work better for anxious dogs so I would try that first.
You can use either of these oils every single day, if you have to go to work and the dog gets nervous. Or you can just use them as needed.
Essential Oils for Pain and Inflammation
Sometimes, especially as your doggy gets older, they have some pain and inflammation. The oils to use for both of these health concerns are the same. So for either problem you would use frankincense and peppermint. What you want to do is put one to two drops of each oil on the spine of the puppy. If the dog is on the smaller side (less than 10 pounds) you might want to dilute these oils with a little bit of coconut oil. Just put it all in your hand and mix with your finger, and then apply.
So once the oil is on the spine of the dog, you want to massage the oil into their skin. All along the spine from the base of the skull to the base of the tail. Make sure you rub it in really well. This is how it will work best for the puppy.
If you know exactly where it hurts, you can also apply these same oils over the exact spot. Like if the puppy hurt her leg, you can massage the oils into her leg. As long as there is no open sore. If there is an open wound, make sure you apply the oil to the surrounding area.
Oils for Puppy Stomach Problems
Every so often you can just tell that your dog’s tummy hurts. Sometimes they throw up or sometimes they just lay around. This is when you get the essential oils out! Digestive blend is the what you are going to want to use. Put one to two drops on the dog’s belly and rub it around. Also, put just one drop of the digestive blend on your finger and swipe it in the dog’s mouth. This should make the puppy feel better in just a little bit.
If you do not have the digestive blend oil you can use peppermint essential oil in a pinch. Use it in the same way. But the digestive blend usually works better for your puppy.
If your doggy keeps itching himself, he might have allergies. Of course there are essential oils to use for that. In fact, there are three oils you need and they are the same ones that humans use for allergies. You need to give your dog one drop each of lemon, lavender and peppermint. You can either put it in his wet food or you can put it on the top of his front paw. Then he can lick it off. You can give the puppy the oils up to twice a day. Either just as needed or all the time. It is perfectly safe to use the oils on your dog for the long term. Just as you would with humans.
Essential Oils Not to Use on Dogs
Unlike cats, there are just two essential oils that dogs can not use. The first one is melaleuca or tea tree oil and wintergreen. But, just like the cats, if you are using pure, good quality, essential oils, then you can diffuse around your dogs. Just make sure it is in a room where the dog can leave if he wants to.
Want to do Further Research?
There is one book in particular that I like to get my information on essential oils for cats and dogs. Where I always go to answer all my pet questions. It is called Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats 2nd Editionby Skye Patterson.She writes it out very nicely and concisely, what oils to use for which health concerns in your puppies and kitties. There are many other ailments she talks about, and many other essential oils she suggests to use on your pets. I will be writing more posts with more information in them about these additional things. But if you wanted to check them out now, either comment below or get this book!
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