Using essential oils for skin allergies on dogs
I was walking the boys today and we came across a very sad looking terrier, her head was bowed, she seemed disinterested in her walk, and life in general.
On closer inspection she appeared to have had an operation on her back so out of curiosity I stopped to chat to the owner.
This old dog had a skin allergy and the owner had spent £500 at the vets on an operation, but the little dog was still suffering from itchy skin.
“Have you tried essential oils?” I asked (getting in the habit of this now). No she had not so I thought I would investigate.
Yes, essential oils are perfect for treating animals when mixed with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, or even just olive oil.
Here are some recommend DoTerra essential Oils for skin allergies in dogs. DoTerra oils are CPTG grade i.e. certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils scientifically and rigorously tested and graded for quality.
Lets start from the inside. With any complaint we start by boosting the immune system and Frankincense “King of Oils” is one of the most powerful immune buster. Add one drop to your dogs water or diffuse a couple of drops in a diffuser while your dog sleeps or just during the day time.
If the dog is not allergic to lavender (some can be) then lavender diluted with coconut oil and rubbed onto the itchy skin will help to sooth instantly. Lavender is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic so it is a multi purpose oil.
Chamomile is very soothing on sensitive skin. Add a few drops to your doggy shampoo or rub directly on the itchy area with carrier oil.
Peppermint oil is known to sooth irrated skin conditions. This is a powerful oil anti-inflammatory, anti septic, non toxic should not irrate the skin. Dilute and rub on the itchy area for relief
Also known as Tea Tree Oil this oil has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions. Add 2 drops of Melleuca to the dog shampoo, or apply directly to the skin (diluted with coconut oil).
Note that every dog has it’s own preference for smells, so some dogs maybe happy with lavender, others may prefer Chamomile.
These oils are very strong so they must not go near their eyes or nose (if this happens apply a carrier oil, not water to wash it away).
Essential oils are designed to support existing medical treatment, not replace it so always seek professional advice.
Natural health is equally important for our beloved pets than it is for our family.
If you want to give it a try them just contact me for a free consultation.
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