Sometimes, I love having dogs. Other times, they drive me bat-poop crazy and I need to “oil them up”!!
Yep, that means I pull out my essential oils and I use them to help better care for my 4 legged friends.
These two Brittany Spaniels are wonderful family members. Both of them have very different personalities and, of course, they are utterly and totally spoiled.
Hank, our puppy, is still quite young and super hyper. I suppose this is to be expected for his age of 9 months.
Aida is our liver and white Brittany. She is quite a bit older at 12 years of age and can easily be described as a “Nervous Nelly”.
Neither wants to be left home alone and both love cuddles, walks, and lots of attention.
I found that diffusing essential oils around them helps to calm their moods. I must admit, there is nothing more wonderful and relaxing than a cuddly puppy and a content dog.
Happiness is a warm puppy” Charles Schultz
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Of course, safety is important. Some dogs can be sensitive to certain smells, so be careful and listen to your pet. Always allow your dog a way of escape from the diffuser. If he/she doesn’t like the oil being diffused, your pup will leave the room.
Never ever shut your pet in a closed small room with essential oils diffusing.
If you choose to use oil topically on your four legged friend, ALWAYS dilute with a carrier oil.
Only use 100% pure essential oils that avoid dilutants and fillers. I only trust and use Young Living Essential Oils.
Essential Oils to use caution with dogs: From VMtoday
- Tea Tree
Here is a listing of my 3 favorite and most used essential oils for my dogs.
1) Valerian essential oil
First off, I will disclose that this oil stinks!! The smell is really quite awful, but the effects are amazing and almost immediate on my dogs when they need help calming down.
I will diffuse this oil or use it topically (diluted with olive oil and put on back of neck or paws). For Hyper-Hank, I learned that topical works the best and the quickest. Diffusing works well for my older dog. But, I admit…this oil is one that I use topically ALMOST always.
TIP: Keep in mind, this oil can have stimulant effects on cats. So if you have Fido and Tabby together, one may be come hyper and the other want to take a nap!!!!!
2) Lavender Oil
This oil smells much better than Valerian oil (in my opinion). When 100% pure, it has an earthy floral aroma that reminds me of my Grandmother. I find it so calming and simply lovely. So do my pets.
As an extra bonus, this oil is one that works wonderfully for cats too!
3) Roman chamomile oil
This is a lovely oil. It has a sweet aroma that is very relaxing with sedative-like effects. When adding this oil to a diffuser, keep in mind that you don’t need much and a large amount of any oil can lead to negative reactions.
This oil is safe for cats as well when used properly and in small amounts.
Keep in mind, you can use these oils separately or mix them together to create a blend. With essential oils, the options are limitless.
Here are a few of my diffusing favorites…
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile oil
- 3 drops Cedarwood oil
- 3 drops Lavender oil
- 3 drops of Lavender oil
- 2 drops of Valerian oil
- 1 drop of Roman Chamomile oil
- 3 drops of Lavender oil
- 2 drops of Roman Chamomile oil
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