Dogs are wonderful companions, and an important part of our families, which is why we only want the best for them when it comes to their good health. Yet, there are times when a health condition arises where many of us prefer using a more natural, yet effective solution for our precious fur kids. That being said, if traditional vet care is in their best interest, we would never recommend abandoning common sense just for the sake of taking the natural path. There are excellent holistic vets who offer traditional AND holistic medicine combined, some of which even incorporating remedies such as essential oils.
Our primary purpose at Healing Oils for Animals is to educate you as to when certain essential oils may be used for specific issues your pet may be experiencing. Therapeutic grade essential oils are incredibly powerful healing (and preventative) tools that are effective for the majority of dogs (and other animals), however they may not work for every animal, and the information presented here is not meant as a "magic pill" or cure-all. Not all essential oils are created equal, which is why we only recommend Young Living Essential Oils. Therefore, when we refer to any oil, we are referring to therapeutic grade essential oils by Young Living that are trusted and proven for over 20 years.
Now, on to the very complicated subject of dog allergies. Many pet parents tend to just assume that whatever they are feeding their dog is causing him or her to have allergies. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. We will concur that there are far too many substandard pet products on the market today with questionable ingredients, so we do recommend that pet parents educate themselves as to what they are feeding their pets. Pet food, treats, supplements and pet care products is a subject that requires an entire article unto itself, however we are happy to offer our recommendations upon request.
Just like people, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we are addressing essential oils and dosing guidelines right away. Please consider these approximate sizes of dogs when determining the use of essential oils, and remember, when in doubt, start slowly (less is better when introducing EOs) and gradually increase the dosage once you have determined that your dog (or other animal) is responding well to treatment with essential oils.
Small Dogs ~ 1 - 20 Pounds (0 - 9 kg)
Medium Dogs ~ 20 - 50 Pounds (9 - 22 kg)
Large Dogs ~ 50 - 100 Pounds (23-45 kg)
X-Large Dogs ~ 100+ Pounds (45+ kg)
Dog allergies often require a full holistic health consultation, as well as expensive in-depth blood work to fully evaluate the underlying cause (or causes) of the allergies themselves. And yes, diet can be one of the culprits, depending on what you are feeding your dog.
Another huge culprit is household cleaners, air fresheners, sprays and other toxic items that are in your pet's face (and under their feet) every single day! If you want to see the world from their vantage point, we encourage you to get down on your hands and knees and imagine being bombarded with these things at their eye and smell level day after day. Whatever you clean with, freshen with, spray around the house is absorbed by your pets through their eyes, nose, skin, mouth and paw pads.
Changing household cleaners, first-aid, and other personal care products to Young Living products not only eliminates harmful chemicals, but provides more exposure to beneficial therapeutic essential oils on a daily basis . . . . for your pets and for your entire family!
Treatment recommendations for battling allergies (other than switching to a natural / holistic diet) are as follows:
~ Diffuse: Clove, Thieves, or Lavender.
~ Antihistamine Oils to be Applied Orally, Topically, and / or Diffused: Melissa, Ocotea, Basil, Lavender
~ Anti-Inflammatory (steroid alternative): Raindrop Technique
~ Nutritional Supplements: Allerzyme, NingXia Red, Omega Blue, Sulfurzyme, Life 5
~ Other: Animal Scents Shampoo, Thieves Household Cleaner (Cleaning & Bathing)
~ Polyzyme, Mightyzyme, Detoxzyme, Digest + Cleanse, Inner Defense
~ Give an Allerzyme digestive enzyme with every meal. For Large Dogs ~ 2 or more capsules may be necessary.
~ Give NingXia Red with 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil added. This may be given straight or mixed in with food.
Should you wish to get started with your own oils and products, we recommend that you enroll as a wholesale member in Young Living by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, which gives you the Everyday Oils, a bonus oil called Stress Away, a Home Diffuser, as well as samples to try or share. This is an excellent investment in your health, as well as the health of your animals.
You also have the option of joining as a Retail Member, as opposed to a Wholesale Member, so it is completely up to you. There are also options for monthly Essential Rewards orders, which earn you points that you can spend on additional products, as well as promotional items every month that you can earn for free, just by shopping for what you already need.
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