A Pet Care Guide: Which Essential Oils are Good for Dogs?

Cedarwood essential oil is beneficial for dogs
Humans have for long been using essential oils for their overall well-being. However, did you know that these oils can also be used to treat and protect dogs against a number of ailments. Buzzle talks about some safe essential oils for dogs, and how to use them as home remedies.
Useful Tip!
Always use therapeutic-grade essential oil for medical purposes.
We often depend on antibiotics, corticosteroids, antihistamines, dog shampoos, and many other synthetically prepared medicines to treat issues associated with our pets. However, if you allow nature to work, maintaining dog health might become much simpler. Essential oils, commonly referred to as 'nature's living energy', have the ability to heal and support your pet's health. The following are some good essential oils that can be used as far as dogs are concerned.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood provides a natural way to keep your dog's coat clear of fleas, ticks, and pests such as lice and mites.
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This essential oil is a natural way to prevent fleas from bugging your pet. Fleas or any other insects simply cannot bear the odor of this oil. So just take 2 to 3 drops of this essential oil and apply it onto your dog's collar. Now, fasten this collar around your dog's neck, and rest assured, your pet will never be troubled by those pests. Also, using dog flea sprays containing active ingredients like cedarwood and peppermint essential oil can help treat parasitic infestations of fleas and mites.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
It is not uncommon to notice dogs getting anxious, fearful, and depressed in some situations; for instance, during a thunderstorm or after hearing firecrackers burst on festivals.
chamomile essential oil
One of the best ways to calm your stressed-up dog during such times is to use Roman chamomile essential oil. Combine a drop of Roman chamomile essential oil in equal amounts of organic olive oil, and then rub this onto your dog's fur. The oil is well-known for its calming properties; hence, its application can certainly allow your dog to relax and mitigate the stress.
Lavender Essential Oil
This is yet another essential oil known for its calming effect. Rubbing a few drops of this oil onto your dog's collar can work wonders to relieve anxiety and nervousness. Its usage can certainly help calm a hyperactive or agitated dog. Besides, it also acts as an effective insect repellent, which means, its usage is sure to keep fleas and ticks away from your dog's coat.
lavender essential oil
Massaging an oil blend containing 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil is an easy way to soothe irritated skin associated with insect bites. Washing your pet with a dog shampoo containing 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil may also work to relieve skin irritation. Using lavender spray, that is made by combining 10 - 20 drops of lavender essential oil with a cup of water is another way of soothing skin irritations and keeping the dog's coat insect-free.
Moreover, lavender essential oil also acts as a natural disinfectant; hence, can be effective in speeding up the healing of wounds. Use a cotton ball to apply 2 to 4 drops of diluted lavender on the wound, in order to quicken the healing process.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil may be recommended to treat motion sickness and digestion problems such as nausea and constipation in dogs. Just apply a drop or two of this essential oil on the dog's paws to relieve these digestion problems. You can also address these issues by gently massaging the oil (again one or two drops) onto its stomach. Tarragon or lemongrass essential oil, when used in the same way, can also help address these issues.
ginger oil
Ginger is also recognized for its anti-inflammatory activity. So, applying its essential oil regularly may work in treating inflammatory joint conditions such as arthritis in dogs. It will not only be effective in alleviating pain, but also contribute in increasing joint movement and flexibility in arthritic dogs.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil displays strong antifungal and antibacterial properties, and can be used to treat ear infections in dogs associated with yeast and bacterial overgrowth. For usage, mix 5 drops each of lavender, geranium, and melaleuca essential oil, and then combine this with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Now, take a Q-tip soaked in this oil mixture, and gently massage it inside the ears. Do not push the Q-tip deep into the ear canal, to avoid ear damage.
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Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum essential oil, identified for its incredible restorative effect, can be used to treat hot spots, a common skin problem in dogs. Also referred to as moist dermatitis, in this skin condition, the affected area appears red, inflamed, devoid of hair, and infected, and the causes may vary from exposure to environmental allergens (grasses and weeds) to insect bites. Applying this essential oil can soothe the irritation and speed up healing.
For usage, using a spray bottle, apply a mixture containing 4 to 8 drops of helichrysum oil and 2 tablespoons of carrier oil on the affected site. Follow this skin care routine regularly to clear the skin infection.
Niaouli Essential Oil
Skin allergies in dogs are often due to exposure to pollen from grass, weeds, and flowers. In this condition, the immune system reacts abnormally, and releases histamine (chemicals), which often leads to excessive scratching. Using niaouli essential oil, that displays both, antibacterial and antihistamine activities, may help resolve the issue. Its antibacterial properties may assist in treating ear infections in dogs. Niaouli essential oil is often diluted with water before application.
On the whole, when buying oil products for dogs, make sure you purchase the purest form of essential oil from a reputed source. Using any fake or contaminated product will do more harm than good, and cause rashes, burning sensation, and itchy skin, and even produce a systemic response, resulting in breathing problems.

Also, when using any essential oil, make sure you do not apply it on your dog's face, eyes, nose, and genital areas. It is especially important that you consult a veterinarian before using it on puppies and pregnant dogs.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a veterinarian.