All you need to know about aromatherapy for dogs

Dog owners always look for ways to enhance the calmness, well-being, and relaxation of their dogs. Vets advise that aromatherapy is a natural way that helps provide such attributes to your dog. Majority of holistic vets recommend the use of top quality essential oils for the dog. This will guarantee minimal reactions in terms of the dog’s sensitivity and allergies.

Vets recommend focussing on the scent rather than on the application of the oil on the fur and skin, as the latter may result in an irritation or allergic reaction. Using essential oils for aromatherapy helps to treat both the physical and emotional pain experienced by dogs in a variety of species. The scents of the essential oils help to provide calmness, a feeling of happiness, promote focus, sleep as well as minimize nausea and sickness.

Factors to consider when selecting essential oils
Varieties of essential oils are available in the market which is made for multiple reasons or uses. When selecting essential oils for your dog, it is important to look for oils that are of high quality and are 100% pure. Look out for the following information on the package of the oil:

  • A label indicating the name, the part of the plant from which it was extracted, and the country of origin
  • The date of manufacture and expiry
  • Any additional chemicals that it contains and if so, the type of chemicals used
  • Cost of the oil
  • Type of tests that have been carried out on it as a mark of quality
  • Organic or inorganic
  • Membership to aromatherapy associations such as National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)

Common aromatherapy essential oils
When selecting an essential oil for your dog, ensure that it does not cause harm to your dog. Some of the essential oils are proven to have beneficial effects on your furry friends. Have a look at the following benefits.

  • Lavender helps ease stress, enhance calmness, and improves sleep due to its calming properties.
  • Frankincense boosts the immunity system, thereby improving the health of the dog.
  • Chamomile helps in calming the dog. It also helps with digestion by relieving stomach upsets and nausea.
  • Lemongrass and citronella provide a pleasant scent that acts as an insect-repellent helping to keep pests away from the dog.
  • Cardamom and cedarwood help to ease anxiety and aggression in timid dogs.