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Controlling Your Pet’s Anxiety Naturally: Dog Anxiety Treatment with Essential Oils

Most of us have seen the 2016 movie The Secret Life of Pets. If you missed it, or need a refresher, here’s the premise: the pet owner leaves for work and during the day the pets have all sorts of great adventures, returning just in time to waiting nicely at the door when the owners return home.

Unfortunately, as pet owners, we know that’s not always the reality. Dog anxiety treatment is often needed.

Some pets have extreme separation anxiety, which can be challenging for the animal and owner alike. Dox anxiety treatment is especially common. Scratching and digging near doors and windows, destructive behaviour such as chewing, barking, whining, and howling, urination or defecation… none of it is how you want your pet to behave.

But there is hope. There are methods to soothe your pet’s anxiety the natural way.

  1. Play some music. Classical music or an easy listening station can help soothe your pet.
  2. Record normal household sounds, like your voice reading a magazine, and play that for your pet. Play it when you’re at home a few times, too, so your pet doesn’t only associate it with you leaving.
  3. Leave out a worn item of clothing you wear. Your smell can bring comfort.
  4. Walk, play with, and exercise your dog before leaving.
  5. Use essential oils!

Of course, we’re big fans of the fifth option – essential oils for dogs. One of the top oils to use for dog anxiety treatment in particular is lavender essential oil. It’s great for general anxiety, sound sensitivity, and separation anxiety. It can also help with travel anxiety, for pets who don’t like going in the car. Place a drop or two on the corner of the blanket or towel your pet will be resting on.

We like Dogs Naturally Magazine’s guide on how to safely use essential oils for pets: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/essential-oils-for-scared-dogs/

Essential oils can be used with the following methods:

  • Direct inhalation
  • Diffusion
  • Mist sprays
  • Topical (compress, bath, massage, and energy therapies)

Thursday Plantation Canada has high-quality essential oils for your dog anxiety treatment.

Visit us at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca for more.

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Your pets are part of your family and you likely care for them the same as you do for your children. Yet, you wouldn’t load your kids up with harmful chemicals — and we’re betting you want your pets to stay safe, too. That means choosing the proper pet care.

The sad fact is, most cleaning products and pet care products can actually be toxic to your furry friends. In fact, most conventional flea and tick products are registered as pesticides in Canada and the U.S. Skin irritation, neurological problems, gastrointestinal disorders, and even organ failure have been reported as a result of pet poisonings.

There is a natural solution: essential oils for pets.

Essential oils can be diluted and used as sprays. Try adding a few drops to your pet shampoo. You can also put a few drops of diluted oil onto your pet’s bandana to act as a stylish flea collar. Make sure it’s diluted well, however, as it will be close to your pet’s nose. Lavender oil and peppermint oil can both be good choices.

Chemicals in lawn care products can also be toxic to pets. A 2012 study found that dogs that were exposed to professionally applied lawn care products had a 70% increased risk of developing canine malignant lymphoma. Several studies over the past 25 years have also linked the chemicals in these products to bladder cancer in dogs. Scotties are even more susceptible to it — this breed was found to be four to seven times more likely to develop bladder cancer.

Other chemicals that can be toxic to pets include antifreeze; battery acid; bleach; drain cleaner; drugs and medication; glue; some household cleaners and detergents (essential oils make a great substitute for this!); kerosene; motor oil; mulch-containing cocoa bean shells; nail polish/nail polish remover; paint, varnish, lacquers, sealants, and stains; paint thinners and paintbrush cleaners; rat poison; and rock salt/sidewalk salt.

You can get rid of most conventional cleaning products around the home by cleaning with essential oils. Check out our guide here: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/effective-budget-friendly-cleaning-with-essential-oils/.

If you’re using essential oils on or around your pets, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, animals have a heightened sense of smell, so a little essential oil can go a long way. Make sure it’s diluted well and always provide an escape route. If your pet doesn’t like an oil, don’t enforce its use. Cats tend to be more sensitive than other pets, so use oil very sparingly around them. Dr. Richard Palmquist, chief of integrative health services at Centinela Animal Hospital in California, recommends one drop of essential oil diluted in 50 drops of a pure dilutional oil, such as grapeseed oil.

“Hot” oils such as cinnamon, oregano, clove, wintergreen, thyme, and birch should be avoided in cats, as should melaleuca oil. Essential oil should never be put into a cat’s ear canals and caution should be taken around the eyes.

Try to use an oil on your pet for no more than two weeks and then provide a rest period.

Thursday Plantation Canada has high-quality, 100% pure essential oils for your pet care.

Find out more today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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