Essential Oils Did What For My Dog?

I know. Where does it end with all of this “healthy” and “good for us” stuff, right? With us here at Fetch! Gourmet Dog Treats, it never does. We are constantly searching for new and better ways to improve the lives of not only ourselves, but all of our loved ones, including our dogs. I would like to introduce you now to the world of essential oils for dogs as an all natural remedy.

Essential oils are good to have for the treatment of a wide variety of dog health problems – from flea infestations, motion sickness, to arthritis, and more. Note that not all essential oils are safe for our pets. Here is a list of some safe and beneficial essential oils that you can use on your dogs.

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs

 

Essential Oils Properties & Uses
Bergamot  Anti-fungal, soothing.
Excellent for ear infections caused by yeast or bacterial overgrowth.
Caution: Can cause photo-sensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
Carrot Seed  Anti-inflammatory, tonic, with moderate antibacterial effects.
Good for dry, flaky, sensitive skin which is prone to infection.
Can rejuvenate and stimulate tissue regeneration, thus effective for scar healing.
Cedarwood  Antiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating.
Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types.
Flea-repelling.
Chamomile, German  Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use.
Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.
Chamomile, Roman  Antispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming.
Good for soothing the central nervous system.
Effective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.
A “must-have” oil for dogs!
Clary Sage Nerve-calming, gentle when used in small amounts and properly diluted.
Sedates the central nervous system.
Eucalyptus Radiata  Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant.
Good for relief of chest congestion.
Effective in repelling flea.
Geranium  Gentle and safe, antifungal.
Good for skin irritations, fungal ear infections.
Effective in repelling ticks.
Ginger  Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted.
Good for motion sickness, aids digestion.
Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.
Helichrysum  Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic.
Excellent for skin conditions and irritations (e.g. eczema).
Effective for healing of scars and bruises.
Effective for pain relief.
 Lavender  Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming.
Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid.
A “must-have” oil for your dog!
 Marjoram, Sweet  Strong antibacterial, calming, a muscle relaxant.
Good for bacterial skin infections, wound care, insect repelling.
Niaouli  Antihistaminic, powerful antibacterial properties, yet less likely to cause irritation than Tea Tree.
Good for ear infections and skin problems caused by allergies.
A “must-have” for dogs!
Peppermint  Antispasmodic, stimulates circulation, insect-repelling.
Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains.
Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness.
Another “must-have” for dogs!
 Sweet Orange  Calming, deodorizing, flea-repelling.
Caution: Can cause photo-sensitization. Avoid the sun after use.
 Valerian Nerve-calming.
Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.

Fennel: Assists the adrenal cortex, helps break up toxins and fluid in tissue. Balances pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands.
Cardamom: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn and nausea.Some additional oils that also provide some pretty amazing benefits.

Frankincense: Has helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system. Has reduced tumors and external ulcers. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use caution).

Buying Essential Oils for Dogs

If you are new to aromatherapy, you may not know where and how to find pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for dogs. There are indeed a lot of places where we can buy essential oils, and you may even notice quite a big difference in price for the same oil at different stores.

The following guidelines will show you how and where to get high-quality essential oils for your dog:

  • Look for essential oils that are bottled in amber, cobalt or violet glass bottles.
  • Look for important information of the oils (either printed on the label, and/or on the store’s website, brochure, etc.):

* Scientific name of the oil (e.g. Lavandula angustifolia)
* Common name of the oil (e.g. Lavender)
* How the oil was extracted
* Country of origin
* Method of cultivation (e.g. organic, cultivated, wild harvested, etc.)
* The words “100% pure essential oil”

  • Essential oils are generally expensive, so don’t go for unreasonably cheap oils since cheap oils are likely to be adulterated.

Avoid buying essential oils for dogs at supermarkets or health food stores (they may be cheaper but usually of a lower quality).

Don’t take my word for it on this. As always, when it comes to the health and safety of your loved ones, furry or not, do your own research. Below I will list several different sources that provide even more information and advice on what and how to use these helpful remedies at home.

Research:

Home Remedies for Dogs

Essential Oils and Dogs

Forget Everything Bad You’ve Been Told about Essential Oils for Pets

If you have any additional questions, concerns or comments please feel free to contact our resident expert and friend Renee Trubiano. She can help educate you on not only the benefits of, but also how to begin purchasing your very own essential oils for dogs.

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