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Top 5 Essential Oils for Your Dog

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Essential oils have been used for years to treat human ailments, such as the common cold, aches and pains, and even minor cuts and scrapes. There are many types of essential oils that people use for their overall health, but what about dogs? If you’ve noticed your dog itching, for example, some peppermint oil can help. Essential oils aren’t just for people anymore! Your Bel Air dog walker is here to give you some more info on the top 5 essential oils for dogs. The oils listed in this blog are safe for dogs, but it’s always good to check with your vet before trying anything new. Most of the oils are topical, and many dogs have been exposed to essential oils if their owner diffuses them at home. Always make sure the oils you use are safe to use on your dog. 

Depending on what issue your dog is having, here are the top 5 essential oils for dogs and how to use them:

1. Lavender Oil

Lavender has a calming effect for humans and dogs alike. If your dog suffers from anxiety during storms or fireworks, add a few drops of lavender to a spray bottle with water. Spray the mist into the air or even a few sprays onto your dog’s bedding. Lavender can also be used for dogs who experience motion sickness and allergies. It is safe to be used topically and has been used on small cuts and hot spots. 

2. Chamomile 

Another calming essential oil, chamomile can be used alongside lavender on dogs with anxiety. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory and can be used to soothe cuts and wounds on dogs. It is a very gentle essential oil, making its uses very safe and soothing for dogs.

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3. Frankincense 

Does your dog need an essential oil with antibiotic properties? Look no further than frankincense! Known to shrink certain cancers, such as bladder cancer, frankincense can strengthen your dog’s immune system and even has anti-depressant qualities. 

4. Cedarwood

Cedarwood oil works as an antiseptic, especially if your dog may have kennel cough. If your dog is older and has arthritis, cedarwood acts as a circulator for the arthritic areas. This amazing oil is even known to keep mosquitoes away form you and your dog! 

5. Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the top recommended essential oils to get rid of fleas in dogs and is one of the more commonly used essential oils for dog flea repellent. Peppermint essential oil can be used to cool sore muscles, energize tired animals, and soothe upset stomachs. It opens up airways and allows a dog to feel better quickly and effectively. It is an all-around energizing oil for dogs and people.

Have you used essential oils for your dog’s health? If not, have you considered using essential oils to support your dog’s immune system, skin allergies, or general anxiety? Contact us HERE for more info and to book services today with your Bel Air dog walker!

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