Us humans have discovered the benefits of essential oils in our lives about more than 600 years ago. Just like putting on some perfume to elevate our mood or years later to adopt it as aromatherapy, it has its own proven benefits in human life. So, why not for our fur babies, after all they have a great sense of smell!
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the chemical compounds extracted from plants, ensuring to curbs its essence i.e. the smell and the flavor of the desired plant. This essence is then mixed up with a carrier oil to produce the final - ready to use product.
Are Essential Oils Safe For Dogs?
The answer is yes! But, it largely depends on route, quantity, sensitivity and the animal's individuality. Dogs have more than 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose. The part of the brain which detects smell is 40 times larger in dogs than in humans. Hence, we need to be extra cautious about their health while putting these essential oils on our furball.
Researchers have observed positive results of essential oils on pooches for different categories of problems for example: tick infection, digestive discomfort, anger management, tranquility, etc.
Beneficial Essential Oils For Dogs
- Clary Sage
- Marjoram (Sweet)
- Frankincense Carterii
- Cedarwood Virginian
All these essential oils tend to have a different impact on your furbaby. They have antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory effects, including delivering calmness, relieving digestive discomfort and joint pain, controlling anger, sense of relaxation and security. Despite all this, dogs may show a variety of reactions according to their individuality, genetic composition and sensitivity.
Harmful Essential Oils For Dogs
It is suggested to keep a few essential oils away from your pooches as they may induce discomfort, vomiting, problems like difficulty in breathing, or burns on skin or lips may be visible while using the following essential oils:
- Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Citronella Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
- Cypress Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Garlic Essential Oil
- Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Juniper Essential Oil
- Myrtle Essential Oil
- Nutmeg Essential Oil
- Orange Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Pennyroyal Essential Oil
- Pine Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
- Wintergreen Essential Oil
- Yarrow Essential Oil
- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Signs of Discomfort
Dogs have sudden reflexes when they experience even a slight discomfort such as pawing their nose or eyes, sneezing, sudden itching. Vomitions, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing are some of the signs where you should consult a vet ASAP.
How To Apply Essential Oils?
Application of essential oils on pets is through topical route only. You can take 3-4 drops of essential oil on your palm and rub it nicely. You can spread it on your dog’s back or skin. You also may simply let them smell your hand willingly so they can adjust it with their frequency. If you choose to spray it over the body, dilute the essential oil within a 1:9 ratio and apply on an open area from where it can evaporate easily.
If you are looking to go for products which are infused with essential oils then a pet sanitizer is a must! Wiggles Instant Pet Sanitizer is infused with premium essential oils like Holy Basil, Lemongrass & Lavender which work wonderfully to calm down pets. Since tea tree oil is an effective way to repel ticks & fleas, go for a Tea Tree Oil based shampoo like the Wiggles VetGenie Tea Tree Oil shampoo. These products will provide natural protection to your furballs against multiple evils!
Vet’s advice: Avoid using it on small breeds or pups below 2 months of age. Go for organic and premium quality essential oils.