ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR DOG

I have been using Essential Oils for years, on myself and my dogs. I actually started using them because of a simple class for my dogs.

BEFORE WE BEGIN:

Before I dive into essential oils for dogs, let me take a minute and stress the importance of using HIGH QUALITY essential oils. They simply must be 100% pure to be the most effective. When I stumbled upon my favorite brand 2 years ago, I’ve never looked back. Their quality is simply the best.

If you are looking into essential oils, I’d highly recommend purchasing through the brand I trust. They have wholesale membership options, just like Costco. If you want to get started through me, I can offer you an extra level of support and guide you in using your new oils through my years of use, online support, or a get together of show and tell. No matter where you purchase, just be sure to purchase the highest-quality, as other brands can be diluted or adulterated.

Okay, now back to the doggies.

PRECAUTIONS WITH DOGS

I’ve talked to my vet about the precautions with essential oils and dogs and he told me that while there are definitely certain essential oils to avoid, it’s also wise to consider the life of the pet and what risk you should take to save their life. If I had a dog with severe kennel cough, I’d apply thyme or oregano, because I’d consider the risk worth it. The biggest thing to remember is to have common sense. Dogs are MUCH smaller than us, so be sure to apply MUCH less and always dilute. Here are my rules with dogs and essential oils…

  • Always dilute the oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. BONUS FRUGAL POINTS: This also makes the oils stretch further.1
  • Avoid eyes, nose, anal area, and genital areas. Yeah, just don’t go there.
  • Use cautiously with puppies under 10 weeks of age, very old dogs or pregnant dogs.
  • Avoid these oils on dogs regularly: Wintergreen, thyme, clove, cassia, camphor, and oregano. These oils wouldn’t be good to use each day, but are good occasionally when you’re dealing with a sickness that is hard to overcome (like respiratory trouble with kennel cough).

A WORD ABOUT TEA TREE OIL (MELALEUCA):

I often get comments about tea tree oil being toxic to dogs. Tea tree oil has phenolic compounds that can be hard for a dog’s body to process, but only in high doses. The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 0.22 grams is about 4 drops of tea tree oil. This would mean that a 1 pound dog would have toxicity symptoms if you applied 4 drops of tea tree oil.

However, most dogs are around 10-20 lbs. To hit toxic levels of phenols, you would have to apply 40 drops of tea tree oil to a 10 lb. dog at one time. This would be the same as if a 150 pound human applied 600 drops of tea tree oil to their body at one time. OF COURSE this would be ridiculous and toxic. Anybody (or any doggy) given a high amount of phenolic compounds would develop toxicity issues.

When applying essential oils, you need a good dose of common sense. As long as you understand that applying 1-3 drops at a time and diluting for children and pets is the best practice, you’ll be good!

NOTE: The phenolic toxicity level in cats is unknown, but we do know that cats are more sensitive than dogs. It’s advised to avoid Melaleuca altogether in cats unless there is a severe injury or illness.

HOW TO APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS TO DOGS

Aromatically

For dogs, essential oils can be used aromatically by putting a drop of the essential oil on their collar or on their dog bed. You can also make a spray by adding a few essential oil drops to water and spraying the dog’s fur.

Topically

You can apply essential oils to the spine, ears, or even on the toes/pads of dogs. You can apply essential oils directly to the wound pretty much anywhere on the body. But remember to avoid the eyes, nose, anal and genital areas.

Internally

Before you ingest ANY essential oils or make your pets ingest them, you must understand that they must be the highest quality possible. The brand I use is 100% pure and of therapeutic grade. You can put the essential oils in an empty gel capsule or in your dog’s food if they don’t mind the flavor. It is recommended only administering one drop when allowing a dog to ingest internally. Learn more about my favorite brand here.

COMMON AILMENTS AND ESSENTIAL OIL REMEDIES

Skin Care

  • For cleaning and disinfecting the wound: Lavender with a cotton ball.
  • To stop heavy bleeding: Helichrysum.
  • To help with a bad infection: Frankincense

Digestive Support

  • Apply 1-2 drops of the Digestive blend directly to the stomach. The digestive blend is a blend of the essential oils ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise. You can purchase this blend pre-made through my favorite brand, instead of purchasing each essential oils separately:)

Respiratory Support

  • Combine the Respiratory blend (15 drops) and the Protective blend (10 drops) diluted in 1 TBS. coconut oil and apply on bottom of paws or to scruff of the neck. If not working, apply same amount but more often. The respiratory blend is a blend of the essential oils from laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara. The protective blend is a blend of the essential oils wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. You can purchase this blends pre-made through my favorite brand, instead of purchasing each essential oils separately:)
  • Also apply a drop of Lime and Thyme essential oils to the paws.

Natural insect repellent

  • Make my homemade bug repellent spray and apply to the fur, reapplying every 5-6 hours.
  • For prevention of fleas or ticks: Drop 1 drop of the Repellent blend oil directly on tick. This repellent blend has the essential oils of skimmia laureola catnip plant ,amyris bark, african sandalwood, cabrueva balsam, wild orange peel, white fir needle, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus leaf/stem, hawaiian sandalwood, genet absolute, and rose flower.
  • After a tick removal, put Lavender or Melaleuca on wound 2 times per day.

Ear Health

  • Mix 5 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Melaleuca (you can use Basil if you don’t want to use Melaleuca), and 5 drops of Geranium in 1 TBS. of coconut oil. After cleaning the ear with a natural cleaner, use a Q-tip to rub the essential oil mixture in the ear (being careful not to put the Q-tip in past where you can see it). Do this twice a day until the ear no longer looks red or swollen.

Immune Support for Environmental & Seasonal Threats

  • Place one drop of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint in an empty capsule and give to dog, or put in food.
  • Because dogs are carnivores, their diet needs to be grain free-95% of allergies are caused by diet. I’ve found a homemade or raw food diet is best.

Joint and Muscle Support

  • Apply 5 drops of the Soothing blend diluted in 1 tsp. coconut oil along the spine or problematic areas to ease pain and inflammation. The soothing blend contains the essential oils of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus. You can purchase this blends pre-made through my favorite brand, instead of purchasing each essential oils separately:)
  • Essential oils with other anti-inflammatory properties: Vetiver, Ginger, Rosemary, and Peppermint.

Brain and Mood Function

  • For calming: Lavender and the Calming blend. The calming blend has a blend of the essential oils lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean. You can purchase this blends pre-made through my favorite brand, instead of purchasing each essential oils separately:)
  • For moodiness: the Grounding blend. The grounding blend is a blend of the essential oils spruce, Ho Wood, frankincense, and blue tansy. You can purchase this blends pre-made through my favorite brand, instead of purchasing each essential oils separately:)
  • For confidence: Vetiver
  • Rub on paws, diffuse in room, rub on collar, or spray on bedding.
  • Essential oils with other calming properties: Geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang, the Joyful blend, or the Invigorating. The joyful blend contains the essential oils of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus, and sandalwood. You can purchase this blends pre-made through my favorite brand, instead of purchasing each essential oils separately:)
  • Apply 1 drop of Frankincense on spine and 1 drop of lavender on paws.

Promoting healthy cell growth

  • Apply 1 drop of Frankincense directly on the growth, undiluted, 2 times per day.

I think the thing I like most about using essential oils on my pets is that they usually respond beautifully to them. Also, I love the idea of saving money. Just the other day, my dog cut his paw and I was able to take care of it at home!

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UPDATE: BECAUSE OF FDA REGULATIONS, I CAN’T GIVE PERSONAL ADVICE ON WHICH OIL IS BEST FOR YOUR PET:) PLEASE REFER TO MY ARTICLE ABOVE INSTEAD OF ASKING FOR ADVICE IN THE COMMENTS:)

Allergies–Tis the Season…..for You & your Pet!

It appears to be that season-sneezing, watery eyes, stuffed up, and itchy. You really do not get total relief until the first freeze, suffering through the best months or activities of the year. We are not the only ones who suffer from allergies. Our pets also suffer from them. If the symptoms do not go away with the season, it is more then likely a food allergy and their food should be looked at.

Treating anyone of us with over-the-counter meds, for the allergies, wastes money, can make us feel worse, and who knows what those chemicals are really doing to the system??  Try using Essential Oils for allergies–whether it is for yourself or your pet!! Yes, as I have stated, oils can and should be used on your pet and yourself daily! Breathe EO can be for humans and you start out using more in the beginning and then back off as it gets into your system. Not like those OTC drugs that seem to stop working after a period!

For your dog, the Lavender oil is applied daily for seasonal allergies. Cats can also use oils, but need to be diluted about 90%. Everyone benefits from diffusing oils in the house. Inhalation of oils helps with so many issues!

Need advice on this or any other health issues, whether it is you or your pet and using oils–contact me: 920-428-2562. Or drop me a message! You can also go diretly to my website for information or to order:  Happy Oiling!!

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A Dog’s Trust

Ahh, the joys of a winter walk with the dogs……! This is a Tibetan Mastiffs favorite time of the year, the breed of “my kids”.  Getting them out on a cold winter day and seeing the joy on their face-like a child on Christmas or let outside after being cooped up too long.  But along with the joys comes the part I normally would “groan” at imageyearly.  They would get ice balls on/in their feet, because of the intense heat they create.  Now why the groan?  Because my big babies will stop and wait on the trail for me to take the ice/snow packed in their paws out.  On a 4-6 mile walk this can happen roughly 5-10 times per dog, times two front paws.  Rarely do I need to take them out of their rear paws, but it does happen.

So, as this again happened this year, I let out a groan. But then thought, wait, here are these 125lb dogs asking me to dig around their paws for them!  Now most people would say, so?  Well, dogs do not normally care for you to touch/fondle their feet or tails.  So these large dogs, that could do major damage to me if they so chose, stand and ask for this.  This is trust and respect coming from them; which comes from me also respecting them.  Also, massage, breath, and touch on a daily basis creates this mutual respect! You can start massage and touch of an animal at any age, they will soon learn to love and look forward to it.  

Yes, this fur baby takes time and commitment, just like the two-legged kind.  They are part of your family and do much better with the attention they deserve and respect……so give them their massage or learn some Doga,  and breathe and exercise together!!DSCN02122012-03-05_08-02-21_7212012-03-05_08-24-45_354

 

THE WORLD OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND DOGS

ZobhadragoOilBlendsI love using my essential oils on myself, just to reduce the amount of chemicals on my body and in the household. The amazing thing is, I started the use of essential oils on my dogs before myself. For a simple insect repellent or flea and tick repellent. They can be used for wound care, cleaning of ears, and to boost their immune system. Sensitive skin or allergies can be issues with some dogs-adding oils to their shampoo will help soothe the skin.
So many people mention they have issues with their pet and thunder storms or anxiety. Oils can be given to them, used on their feet, or in a room mister-depending on their level of anxiety.
The only difference with pets and humans, the dogs or cats are much more sensitive to the oils then we are. They need to be diluted with grapeseed oil, olive oil, or my favorite, coconut oil. Always use caution with cats-some oils can be toxic to them if used improperly. Always check with a holistic vet or someone who knows or uses them beforehand.

So, share the chemical free world with your pets and start using essential oils on them. They will feel better and sure smell better!!
I can help with questions on how to use on your dog and you can check out the essential oils for you and your family at. Check out my link under Essential Oils or contact me for more information: 920-428-2562!

Yoga + Dogs = Doga

So it is the first week into the New Year and it has been a very cold one here in WI.  As we know, many people use the 1st of January to make that resolution to get healthy, fit, or both for the year.  With the weather discouraging us,  normally daily “to do’s”, something else comes up, now the weather-just cannot go out!!! UGH! What is a person to do?

Many times we say to stay motivated or to keep that exercise time slot, have an exercise partner.  If you have ever tried to exercise at home, you may have noticed your dog trying to join in or get in the way.  You know they always want to be with you and do what you do, so why not let them become your partners for exercise? It will keep you both much healthier.

I take mine on runs/walks 4-5 times a week, because running in a yard is NOT exercise for them.  I also do Doga with them to keep them stretched out and I then am able to touch them everywhere. The hands on and breathing helps to calm them.  Spending time exercising with your fur baby, doing the Doga, you will receive a multitude of benefits!  I can help to show you how do do poses, breathing, massage on your fur baby and create a fun sequence that will benefit you both. 

I have added a small article that was on the DOGVACAY site talking all about Doga. Nope, I am not the only one doing this (around here maybe). But, on the east coast they have actually classes for Doga!! So, click here to read additional information.  Scroll down to, Dogs + Yoga = Doga, of June 06, 2012.

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Overweight Pets

We have our dreaded diets and gym time,  and do all we can to stay in shape. What about the family pet?  What are they being fed, and are they being exercised most days?  If you would not put the food in your mouth why would you feed it to your pet?  And having a large yard, so they can run around in, is not a form of exercise!  

It has been proven time and time again that our pets will develop the same diseases we do from the bad foods and lack of exercise! Dr. Becker has an awesome article that talks about this subject.  Click here to read all about it!DSC002732012-03-05_08-02-21_721

Attention to your pets–why do it??

Many of you that know me and “the Kids”, aka, the dogs.  Know that I give them tons of extra attention, some may think I dote on them way too much! But with the touching and massaging of them, since puppy, they get the feel of someone around the areas that they normally do not like touched.  Yes, I have large dogs, but this goes for small dogs also!!  Most dogs do not like their feet or hindquarters touched or fondled, so when taking them to the vet, they will growl or snap. 

By breathing, touching, or brushing them they use to the sensation of someone in that area.  You or your vet, then can check the animal thoroughly. Also, by touching or massaging them daily, you get to know their body and what lumps or bumps are around!  This helps you and your vet to get things checked out sooner rather then later.

The other reason for checking your dog out, is for locating ticks!!  Yes people, tick season it NOT over yet!!  Most people only check in the spring or early summer, but the little buggers are out until it gets below freezing!  Take the time to get to know your dog–for his/her health!!  You need tips on how, give me a shout out!!frankie20131DSCN0621

Herbicide Exposure is Linked to Cancer!

This article by Dr. Becker explains how adding pesticides and fertilizers to our lawns is detrimental to our pets.

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You may have already added your first round of chemicals, but many people do a schedule on the holidays.  As we are aware of chemicals entering our own bodies, also be aware of what is going into your pets!!DSCN0621DSCN0613

Meet the “kids”

I love working out, whether in the gym or outdoors with my dogs.  When starting my teacher training, for yoga, I was on the trail daily running the dogs.  I do normally talk to them, but I started talking yoga to them when needing to talk my practices out loud.  They listened, got use to it, or just ignored me(?)  I then started using yoga moves on them, just because they were there.  They love it–love the attention!!

I have always massaged and had hands on my dogs.  Needing to be able to handle large dogs and keeping them calm is a huge reason, but also, they love the massages!

So, meet Frankie and Zobha, my Tibetan Mastiffs and training partners.  Frankie is 8 years old and Zobha is 4. They are raw-fed, meaning raw food and bones.  I also started eating healthier because of the research on the food of my dogs.  It seems my life is one huge circle, but always involves my animals!!

 

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