Are essential oils a healthy alternative to the chemicals we are constantly exposing our furry friends to? The answer is not as simple as yes or no; essential oils can be beneficial to dogs, but also harmful. Dogs have extremely sensitive noses compared to humans, so essential oil dosage is very important. While certain essential oils can be toxic, other essential oils can be useful as flea and tick prevention, an aid in soothing skin irritations, for calming nervous dogs, and other remedies.
Lavender is one such essential oil. The calming effects of lavender are well known by humans. Walking by a field full of blooming lavender flowers is a delightful experience and has a soothing effect. The same effects can be felt by our canine friends. Lavender essential oil produces a calming sensation and can be useful when traveling with pets to help them relax and fall asleep.
Lavender essential oil also possesses antibacterial properties, which further enhance the usefulness and benefits of using the oil. “Modern oil usage dates to a French chemist and perfumer named Rene Maurice Gattefosse who is known for his accidental discovery of lavender oil’s ability to assist in the healing of burns.”
Whether used for a nervous dog, a restless sleeper, a pooch with some ouchies, or just to create a calm relaxing environment for your fur child, lavender essential oil is a must have for any dog owner.
- CALMING Diffusing lavender or adding a drop to their collar, can calm your dog as much as it does you. Effective for relaxing anxious or nervous pups whether the stimulus is travel, fireworks or thunderstorms. For maximum benefit, use before they encounter the nerve-wracking situation.
- SOOTHING Add a few drops to your pets’ shampoo to soothe dry, itchy skin or bug bites. Add a few drops to their shampoo at bath time.
- HEALING Lavender’s antibacterial properties may be used to treat wounds like hot spots, burns or ulcers and reduce scarring.
Though lavender can be beneficial for dogs, it is not considered safe for use with cats, and is not recommended for pregnant/nursing dogs. Be sure to test a small amount on your dog or consult your veterinarian before full or frequent use.