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Print Posted By Abundant Living with VO on 08/09/2017

Top 10 Essential Oil for Dogs

Top 10 Essential Oil for Dogs

Just like us, our furry companions need help to keep their body's strong and healthy for life.  One way that we can help our pets stay strong in this area is with the use of certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.  Just like with us, the quality, purity, and efficacy of the oils we use matters with our pets.  Therefore, I recommend being very diligent in doing your homework and knowing the brand you choose before using it on yourself or your pets.  I will have a link at the bottom of this page for the brand that I use and can recommend with confidence to all of you.

There are many essential oils that can be used confidently and effectively with our dogs, but the top 10 that every dog owner should have are as follows:

1.  Frankincense-  This is my "go-to" oil for my dogs.  It has over 200 chemical constituents in it, so it can be used for everything!  Dogs tolerate this oil extremely well.  It is a great oil to use daily as a preventative and immune boost.  Put 1 drop of the oil (neat, not diluted) on the skin area between the paw pads.  This oil combined with Helichrysum can also be used as a natural way to help speed up wound recovery after surgery.  Because of its' chemical nature, it is safe to use directly on a suture wound.

2.  Lavender- This oil is great for the skin and "all things" calming.  Have an anxious dog or one that is too wound up to sleep.  Try placing 1 drop of Lavender on the skin between the rear paw pads, or placing a few drops of Lavender mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil along the spine of your dog.  This oil can also be diffused near your dogs sleep space at night for a relaxing and calming effect.

3.  Helichrysum- This oil is good for helping the animal's body control any bleeding that may occur (externally or internally).  It is a "must have" emergency oil.  Good for cellular vitality and a healthy metabolism.  

4.  DigestZen- Just like in humans, this oil is great for all things digestive.  I have a Ridgeback who loves to not just chew things he shouldn't, but consume them as well.  This oil is used regularly in our house to help smooth out issues in his digestive tract.  Place 1 drop of DigestZen o the stomach area and rub in.  doTerra also offers DigestZen capsules that can be given to your dog internally for a more prolonged effect.  Tip for getting your dog to gladly take the pill:  dip the pill in an all natural peanut butter, and give it to them.  

5.  On Guard (Protective Blend)- This essential oil is full of anti-oxidants, so good for environmental threats and respiratory issues.  Can be used to help the dog's body get rid of warts or certain cysts when applied directly to the area.

6.  Balance (Grounding Blend)-  Great oil for helping bring the dog's body into homeostasis.  Whenever your dog is sick or is under some stress, this is a great oil blend to use.  Apply a few drops of the oil (no need to dilute because the blend already has fractionated coconut oil in it) along the spine and reflexology points on the paws.  Can also apply at the base of the back of the head and along the spine.  Another great oil to diffuse near the dog's sleep area whenever under stress or sick.

7.  Myrrh-  This is another oil that dogs tolerate really well.  It is amazing for the skin...very soothing.  It's a great cleanser, especially in conjunction with Helichrysum.  Good oil for emotional issues with dogs too.  Can be used for hot spots on dogs with great effectiveness.  Place 1 drop (neat, undiluted) on the affected area.

8.  Roman Chamomile-  Calming oil and great for the skin.  Just like Lavender, it is good to use for rashes and bumps on dogs.  This oil helps with dry skin, as well.

9.  Lemon-  If you are wanting to keep your pets water bowls clean, as well as provide a good internal cleanse for you dog, add 1 drop of Lemon essential oil to the water bowl daily.  It is a very cleansing oil for filtering organs in the body.  The oil is also good for uplifting the mood.  This oil is NOT good to use with cats.

10.  Deep Blue (Massage Blend)-  Just as in humans, this oil blend is great for sore muscles.  Massage 1 to 2 drops of oil mixed with 4 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil along spine and/or joints for relief of pain.  

11.  Bonus Mention...CorrectX- This is not an oil, but an oil based ointment that has Helichrysum, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Melaleuca, and Lavender essential oils in it.  It is an all natural and much better version of Neosporin.  The combination of these oils is super powerful and great for helping alleviate inflammation, irritation, soreness, infection, and helps the body heal without scaring.  Absolutely amazing oil based ointment that every dog owner should have.

Here are the reasons why I recommend using doTerra essential oils for your pets:

1.  doTerra sources their oils from places where the plants can be naturally and sustainably grown.  Sourcing from plants that are growing in an environment native to that plant ensures the highest chemical constituency and potency from that oil. 

2.  It is also worth noting that 80% of the oils doTerra uses are sourced exclusively to them.  This means that the growers and distributors for these oils ONLY sell to doTerra, so all oils DO NOT come from the same sources.

3.  doTerra does extensive third party and in house testing on all of their oils.  Having outside independent parties testing the oils gives unbiased validity to the quality, purity, and potency of the product.  doTerra even takes it one step further by offering a website where every consumer can check the chemical profile of each bottle of oil they produce.  The website is www.sourcetoyou.com.

4.  The predominant majority of reputable scientific experts, doctors, and veterinarians using essential oils use doTerra.  Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University Medical Hospital's ER, University of Utah, Cesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer), Dr Eric Z (holistic Chiropractor), and many more use doTerra products in their work.

If you are going to use all natural means as a way to sustain the health of your furry best friend, it is definitely worth your while to do your research and make sure you are using the best product possible.

If you would like to know where to find certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils to use on your pets, head to this site:  www.mydoterra.com/vickiobrien.

All pet owners need to educate themselves on the most effective ways to use these all natural products with their pets.  A great book to have on hand is "Spoil Your Pet" by Mia K Freeze (veterinarian) and Jan C Jeremias.  

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