With two dogs, two cats, one horse, and several koi, you could say Pets R’ Us in this household. We are animal people, have been since birth. And we now have a grand-dog living with us, too. Cooper is our grand-dog’s name. In case you’re interested, Tippy, Tucker, Emma, Noelle, and Donner are our dogs, cats, and horse’s names respectively. Our Koi are named too, but I’ll share their names in a later post (watch for the pond enlargement post coming up late spring, early summer).
Essential oils (EO’s) have been one of my first go-to natural remedies for not only our people ailments, but also for our pets these past several years. I own the Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals by Melissa Shelton, DVM and refer to it first for all my pets needs. If you are a pet lover and want to learn all you can to aid in their wellbeing and good health, then I highly recommend this book. It’s expensive, but wish-list worthy ten-fold.
There are also videos available that share some cool tips on how to use therapeutic grade EO’s on your pets, Facebook is a good place to search, as well as YouTube.
Recently, I viewed a video created by a veterinary technician, Krista Randall, which I found reiterated some of what I had already learned, but also added new recourses to try. I often think of natural remedies like I do of psychiatric remedies in terms of “finding the right one to work”. There’s not a one-size fits all with natural remedies, just as one pharmaceutical drug does not serve all patients exhibiting the same symptoms. So there is trial and error involved, but well worth the effort.
Please remember that any remedy, natural or pharmaceutical, CAN be harmful if used incorrectly. Ie. Certain EO’s are not healthy for certain animals (such as, lemon oil should never be used with cats). Do your research, make sure to use only pure therapeutic grade EO’s such as what Young Living, doTerra, and Jade Bloom produce. Watch for the therapeutic grading, that’s very important!
- For Arthritis, Muscle, Hip dysplasia, Cruciate repairs:
- Combine equal drops of Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Frankincense EO’s. Blend well. If new to using EO’s on your pet, dilute this blend half and half with fractionated coconut oil (this is the liquid version of coconut oil, not generally what you have readily available in your kitchen). Dispense one drop of blend on spine at base of neck, another on spine in middle of back, and another on spine at hips. Gently massage into skin below coat. You can also add a drop to specific trauma areas and gently massage into the skin there as well.
- For Allergens, Insect Bites, and Stings:
- In a diffuser or nebulizer, diffuse Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint.
- You can also dilute a mixture of the above three oils in fractionated coconut oil and apply a drop or two under their chin for allergy symptoms, or topically on the irritated area.
- For Ear Infections and Irritations:
- Using a 4 oz dark glass bottle, fill with witch hazel, leaving just a bit of room for EO’s. Add 20 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense. If heavy ear discharge exists you can add 20 drops of Basil as well.
- Mix well and spray onto cotton swab. Lightly apply under ear flap. Use new, clean cotton swab for each ear so as not to transfer infection or bacteria from one ear to the other.
- Dental Care for Dogs:
- If you do not have cats, you can put a drop of Lemon EO in your dog’s water dish with each refill. NOTE: Lemon is toxic to cats so do not use this method if any cat has access to your dog’s water dish.
- Make a toothpaste by combining 2 tbsp coconut oil (this is the solid kind of coconut oil, not fractionated coconut oil which is liquid), 1 tsp baking soda, and 5 drops of doTerra’s On Guard Blend (If you don’t have On Guard, you can use a blend of all or some of the following therapeutic grade EO’s: Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary)
- Apply toothpaste by wrapping a small gauze pad around your finger, dip it into the ready-made toothpaste and gently massage your dog’s teeth in circular motion.
That’s it for today on the Pets and EO’s sharing. I hope you find these helpful in alleviating pain, discomfort, and tartar buildup in your dogs. For a free downloadable of these tips just click on the tips picture above. Hope it comes in handy for you!
Please let me know how these natural remedies work for you and if you made any modifications that proved successful. Till next time . . .
Forever becoming me,