Great Ways to Use Essential Oils for Your Dog
Here are some simple ways to prevent health problems for your dog. Young Living essential oil products are natural ways to promote health, naturally prevent pests, and help stop tooth decay. Please note that not all essential oil brands are processed to Young Living standards, and if you use other brands, you may not receive the benefits and may be causing harm to your pet.
I am a dog breeder and I can test essential oils and then see the results. I have attended many classes, read numerous books, listened to countless podcasts on essential oils. I have had the pleasure of speaking with some holistic vets who use essential oils. I tried the suggested apps and found out first-hand if the remedies are good solutions.
These solutions contain many benefits without the expensive veterinary costs or side effects of artificial products. These are some of the Young Living products that I have tried. The results have exceeded my expectations. One huge benefit is that I am no longer applying unnecessary poisons to my dogs or adsorbing the poisons myself.
Purification is an essential oil blend made by Young Living and is wonderful for cleaning dogs’ ears. Put a drop of purification in the palm of your hand, rub the end of a cotton swab into the drop, and then wipe your dog’s ear. Repeat the process with a new end of a cotton swab for the other ear. Repeat every day until the swab is free of residue. Kill ear mites instantly. Dr. Melissa Shelton, DVM has conducted tests and witnessed the death of the ear mites when she applied the purification on the microscope slide. Diffused or sprayed purification on your bedding kills pests, disinfects, and keeps your home bug-free without using harmful chemicals.
Lavender is a natural solution for tears. Once a day, put a drop in the palm of your hand and then use your index finger to apply the drop by rubbing your finger over the upper bridge of your dog’s nose just below his eyes. Lavender unblocks the eye ducts and kills bacteria caused by tearing.
I have a couple of dogs with eye injuries from hunting, interacting with other pets, or other issues. Dr. Melissa Shelton, DVM told me about a dog who was a last chance candidate with an eye problem. He used lavender mixed with water and was having success in solving the eye problem. I mixed a solution of 8 drops of lavender in 8 ounces of steam distilled water and a packet of usp grade sodium chloride / baking soda. The package is ½ tsp. Usp grade sodium chloride / sodium bicarbonate can be purchased at Walgreen’s or online; It is used for the Neti Pot sinus rinse. It is an emulsifier and prevents the solution from separating as oil and water do not mix. The solution should be shaken each time before use if you do not use an emulsifier. The mixture is similar to eye wash solutions used on humans. Put the mixture in a glass spray bottle. Spray the solution 2-3 times on the affected eye once a day and watch the healing begin.
Curly, our English Springer’s eye was extremely large due to a hunting accident that occurred in 2006 at the age of 8. The eye was getting bigger and looked like it was about to explode. He was sure he would need surgery and could lose his eye. I started using the solution and her eye returned to its normal size and the cataract is getting smaller. That is incredible.
This solution repels pests, alleviates skin problems and softens the coat. It also soothes your muscles. Mix 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of peppermint in 1 ounce of steam distilled water. Next, add one drop of Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base as an emulsifier to 6 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution weekly or as needed and then massage your dog’s spine with your fingers. Your dog will love this routine.
Thieves, another blend made by Young Living, is great for helping prevent tooth decay. In a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, I mix 2 drops of thieves with 1 ounce of steam distilled water. I use the solution every night to spray my dog’s gums and upper teeth. Raise the upper lip on either side of your dog’s mouth and spray the solution over the teeth. Thieves kill the bacteria that cause cavities. Thieves strengthens your dog’s immune system, it is a natural antibiotic. Antibiotics made from drugs kill both good and bad bacteria. You will need to restore the good bacteria with probiotics like Life 5, yogurt, kefir, etc. if you use artificial antibiotics. The Thieves Solution is a cheaper, easier, and healthier method of brushing your teeth daily or taking your dog to the vet for the recommended 6-month dental cleaning.
Get started by reading the labels and then searching for the ingredients on your computer in the browser’s search bar. I use Young Living Animal Scent Shampoo to bathe my animals. It has essential oils that clean and repel pests without the harmful side effects of other pet shampoos. It does not contain any cancer-causing ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate found in most shampoos. It can be used as needed and not just once every 30 days as directed in most pet shampoos.
Another great Young Living product is Animal Scent Ointment. I’ve been using it to heal wounds. Hunting dogs receive nicks and cuts when hunting. I apply to her sores and her wounds heal faster. It is wonderful to apply after dew claw removal or tail docking. Speeds up the healing process and prevents infections. I apply the pomade on my cuticles at night as I need to wash my hands frequently; the ointment heals my dry hands faster than the other products I have used in the past. Also, there are no addicts.
Another featured product is Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner. I’ve been using it to clean my kennels. Mix 30 oz. water to 1 oz. Household cleaner thieves in a spray bottle and spray on the kennel. It kills germs, bacteria and is safe for dogs even if they lick their paws. I don’t need to take away their water or food, thieves is a natural product that is safe to ingest. I don’t need to rinse it or let it air dry. It doesn’t burn my lungs or irritate my skin. I take the dog out while spraying the solution; It has cinnamon in it and can be irritating to the eyes while the mist sets, which only takes a few seconds.
The author offers information and opinions, not as a substitute for professional medical treatment, diagnosis or prevention. Consulting a veterinarian trained in the use of essential oils is recommended before taking any home remedy or supplement or after any treatment suggested by anyone. Your veterinarian can advise you on what is considered safe and effective for your animal’s unique needs or diagnose your animal’s particular medical history.