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Aromatherapy for Your Dog

Nov 22, 2010

photoImagine life without happiness, sadness, love, fear, and anger. Emotions are a crucial part of life, not only for humans, but for animals as well. Being left alone for long periods of time, lack of attention, and unhealthy foods are some of the most common causes of stress in pets. Stress can lead to various health problems such as fatigue, shedding, excessive itching, panting, and aggression.

Aromatherapy can also be beneficial to animals. It can be used to treat itchy skin, hot spots, rashes, ear infections, scrapes, bites, cuts, bad breath, surgical incisions, flatulence, and more. If your pet is suffering from a certain ailment, this form of alternative medicine can have an immediate and long lasting positive effect on his wellbeing.

Here are some simple aromatherapy solutions to common canine health problems:

Yeast/Ear Infection

Combine any of the following essential oils with a base oil and apply to the affected area after cleaning.

* Bergamot – antifungal
* Lavender – soothes skin and relieves itching
* Tea tree – antifungal and antibacterial
* Roman chamomile – soothing and gentle; helps heal tissue

Fleas and Ticks

Mix 15-20 drops of any of following essential oils with a base oil and spray on your dog daily.

* For fleas – citronella, peppermint, lemon, clary sage
* For ticks – lavender, myrrh, bay, geranium

Emotional Stress

Combine 6 drops of lavender, 4 drops of marjoram, and 1 drop of neroli essential oils with a base oil such has sweet almond or jojoba. Apply lightly to the head and spine. Reapply as needed.

Loneliness and Anxiey

Blend 5 drops of cypress, 5 drops of marjoram, and 1 drop of rose otto essential oils with a base oil. Apply lightly to the head and spine. Reapply as needed.

Nervousness and Hyperactivity

Mix 6 drops of lavender, 4 drops of petitgrain, and 2 drops of chamomile essential oils with a base oil. Apply lightly to the head and spine.

Note: Remember to consider your dog’s keen sense of smell when using essential oils. He may whine, pace, or rub his head on the ground if the smell is too overwhelming. The best way to introduce your pet to essential oils is gradually and in small amounts.

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