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.
- Play some music. Classical music or an easy listening station can help soothe your pet.
- 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.
- Leave out a worn item of clothing you wear. Your smell can bring comfort.
- Walk, play with, and exercise your dog before leaving.
- 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
- Mist sprays
- Topical (compress, bath, massage, and energy therapies)
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Dogs can really complete a family. They’re cuddly, cute, happy to see you when you get home from work. There’s nothing like a night relaxing in front of the TV, petting good old Sparky. You lift your hand up to smooth back your hair and — EW! What is that? Why does it smell like good old Sparky has been rolling around in something, well, good and old?
You have a smelly dog and need to remove pet odour — and fast. But there’s no reason to send Sparky to the dog shed. You can remove pet odour and stop a smelly dog the natural way — by using essential oils.
First things first when using essential oils for dogs. You want to use an essential oil that is antibacterial. We love eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, pure peppermint oil, or pure tea tree oil. These will eliminate germs and bacteria.
You may also want to choose an oil that is antiviral. Tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus are all great choices. You can use these oils to clean a spot on the rug or floor that may have been contaminated — either by a “gift” your pet left behind or one that absorbed some of the smell.
If it’s more a musk that’s hanging around the house, you can also use essential oils to purify the air. Eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint are all great for this, depending on the scent you’re craving. You can create a natural air freshener, use a diffuser, or make a DIY odour absorbent using baking soda. This can be a good one to keep around a litter box or rabbit/hamster cage.
Pets are more sensitive to essential oils than humans as they are smaller and have lower body weights. Some tips to make sure they stay safe while you clean:
- Don’t let them ingest essential oils. Even if it’s well-diluted, it could still be harmful.
- Don’t use your essential oils undiluted. Even if it can be used topically on human skin, it may be too potent for your pet.
- Don’t diffuse essential oils for too long in closed spaces.
The next time Sparky comes home smelling like the dog he is, you’ll be armed with an arsenal of natural, great-smelling tricks to keep your home fresh.
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Essential oils have so many great uses for health and beauty and natural living in general, and so it is no surprise that many pet parents rely on them when it comes to caring for their dogs. It is important to remember that different pets react differently to certain essential oils. Knowing this, you always want to be sure to introduce these oils to your furry friends properly to avoid any surprises. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to using essential oils around your dogs.
A good way to start that introduction is through smell. Wearing essential oils around Spot or using a diffuser with your favourite oils is a good way to do this. You can even do this by offering the closed bottle to them to smell (make sure there is no oil on the outside of the bottle). This will allow you to observe how they react after coming in contact with the smell of the oil.
Once you’ve established that the smell doesn’t bother them, then move on to topical applications for short-term use. Remember: dogs are more sensitive than humans, so you always want to dilute your oils well and be sure that your dilution amounts are correct for the size of your furry family member. We adopt the ‘less is better’ approach, especially when it comes to topical treatments. Mix with a carrier oil – a rate of 1 drop of essential oil to 50 drops of carrier oil is usually a good measure. Also take special care to not get essential oils in your pet’s eyes. To avoid any adverse effects, avoid using essential oils orally with your pets or for extended periods of time.
Note: Cats have a different system in their liver to detoxify and are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds, so try to stay away from such oils as oregano and thyme, and citrus oils should also be avoided. To be safe, consult your veterinarian before using any essential oil with pets.
Lavender is a great essential oil to use on your pets. If your pet suffers from anxiety, lavender essential oil can be a great way to naturally soothe some of those feelings. A diluted mixture of lavender oil and water sprayed on your dog’s collar can help with nervousness or carsickness. Lavender oil is also great for flea control. Mix 20 drops in a small spray bottle filled with water. Spray this on your dog’s skin for flea control or skin healing, or even relaxation. Adding lavender oil to your dog’s bath water is another effective way to use it. It can also be sprayed on bedding or furniture for odour elimination.
Always remember, just as you’re careful about using essential oils on yourself or your human family members, be just as careful with pets. Improper use can result in:
- Allergic reaction or irritation. Mostly caused by low quality oil.
- Burning and irritation if it gets directly in contact with the nose or eyes.
- Toxicity, when used too frequently and/or improper dosing.
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