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Aromatherapy for dogs & safe use of essential oils.

Do you have a couple of essential oils at home? Or maybe even a full box, and you’ve been wondering what oils you can use and how? You read about aromatherapy for dogs, and you about to buy some essential oils, but you’re overwhelmed by the online choice as well as all the information?

There are lots of different things essential oils can do with their small but mighty aromatic compounds. For instance, some of them can even calm you and your dog down while others can cheer you both up. They can also improve your focus, enhance your beauty regime, heal your skin and much more.

Safety considerations are so important when it comes to using essential oils with our canine friends because, without a doubt, dogs are more sensitive to them than we are.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow when using essential oils for dogs:

1) Always use high quality essential oils from a reputable and trusted supplier. If you need any help to choose one, comment below.

2) Dilute. Always. This is so so important! Use a dilution of 1 – 2 %, meaning 10 drops of essential oil in 15ml of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc.

3) Dilute your essential oils in natural ingredient such as carrier oil, for example sweet almond il, olive oil or jojoba oil. When diluting in shampoo, choose one that is as natural as possible.

4) Do not use essential oils in or close to the eyes, directly on the nose, or in the anal or genital areas.

5) Don’t use essential oils on puppies younger than eight weeks or with toy breeds younger than ten weeks. The safest way to use aromatherapy with puppies is to use hydrosols.

6) Always introduce essential oil blends gradually  and in small amounts. Let your dog sniff your blend and watch carefully for any adverse reaction. Like whining, panting, drooling or rubbing his/her face on the carpet. These are not common reactions but they could be indications that your dog doesn’t like them.

7) Use less diluted essential oils with small dogs than with large dogs.

8) Use essential oils in moderation with all dogs. But especially with very old dogs or dogs that are pregnant or ill. Be cautious with dogs that you have any special concerns about as well as epileptic dogs. It’s believed that certain essential oils, particularly Rosemary, can set off seizures in humans.

9) Don’t give essentials to your dog internally. Only if they are chosen by self-selection or recommended and/or supervised by a zoopharmacognosy practitioner.

10) If you choose to make your own blend don’t rely on a single essential oil. Blending 3 – 5 essential oils or hydrosols creates powerful synergy and increases the therapeutic benefits.

I hope these 10 tips have helped clarify a few things when it comes to using essential oils with your dog.

In my next blog I’ll be sharing a list of essential oils to avoid with dogs.

Keep calm, stay safe & keep aromatherapying!

Keeping your dog calm during stress or anxiety like fireworks.

Do you understand the difference between stress and anxiety? Would you like to know one of the fastest ways to calm your dog during fireworks?

It’s important to know that our dog’s behaviour depends on three key factors:

1) His/her genetic predisposition
2) Learned behaviour from previous experiences

3) The particular environment he/she is in at the time

None of these factors acts in isolation so all three need to be taken into consideration when trying to understand stress and anxiety. We must have a good understanding of it all so that we know how to help our dogs as best as possible.

Stress.

We’re all talking about stress and stressing about stress, but what is it actually?
Stress is defined as a negative differential between a series of demands and the ability to cope with them. Simply said, if we, or our dog, are put out of our comfort zone, stress will quickly appear. Not all stress is bad and some stress is actually necessary for personal growth and the development of successful coping tactics. From this one can see that stress is a response to a specific stressor. This could be a car journey, a vet visit, a loud noise or fireworks. Stress typically goes away when the stressor disappears.

Stressed dogs, like stressed people, may have:

1) Dilated pupils and blink rapidly.

2) They may open their eyes really wide and show more sclera (white) than usual, giving them a startled appearance.

3) Ears that are usually relaxed or alert are pinned back against the head. Changes in body posture.

4) Growling, barking, and pacing are all signs that something may be stressing your dog out.

Anxiety.

When it comes to anxiety, however, there is no identifiable root and sometimes we have to dig deep to find the cause (which is not always successful). Anxiety also tends to stick around for longer than stress and it’s more difficult to treat. I’m sure you know that uncomfortable inner feeling of fear, worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. We’ve all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. It’s a normal human reaction to stress, disaster or bad luck. The problem comes in for some people who are constantly anxious to the point where it’s abnormal and interferes with their life.

This is also true for our dogs. We might not always know the route cause of the anxiety but we can see how they play their anxiety out and it can manifest in any of these ways:

  • Barking or howling when the owner isn’t home – separation anxiety
  • Panting and pacing
  • Shivering
  • Running away and/or cowering in the corner of a house
  • Digging
  • Escaping the yard
  • Destroying furniture
  • Self-harm, like excessive licking or chewing
  • Not eating
  • Urinating more frequently
  • A general inability to settle.

Aromatherapy for dogs.

Essential oils can help to calm your dog during fireworks.

Over the years, two products have proven to be very helpful when it comes to stress and anxiety namely, Calming Floral Spray and Comfort Blend.

Calming Floral Spray helps dogs naturally cope with stress. Stressors in your dog’s life can be visits to the vets or groomers or firework nights such as 4th of July and New Year’s Eve – these are especially difficult for any dogs who are stressed by loud noises and bangs.

When it comes to anxiety Comfort Blend has been specifically designed to help dogs who are suffering from anxiety but is also great with helping grieving dogs and older doggies suffering from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (also known as canine dementia)

Both of these blends of organic aromatherapy solutions have natural calming and balancing qualities and they provide ultimate relaxation for dogs who are suffering from stress or anxiety! You can even use them on your large animals like horses or donkeys, to keep them calm during fireworks.

Spray yourself with Calming Floral Spray and stay calm!

What People Say...

Used you’re Calming Floral  Spray yesterday was so impressed with it . I had a dog in my salon that has dryer seizures and gets anxious. I sprayed it around her and was remarkable the difference in her behaviour. It actually worked so well I had to check dog was okay she was very relaxed snoozing I’ve tried other remedy’s with no real effect shall be sticking with your calming spray from now on 😍
Lisa Addison