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Geranium oil for dogs


Geranium oil for dogs – the new trend

I can’t seem to stay away from essential oils! There’s been a lot of interest in natural ingredients for dogs and their owners. I was a little surprised to read in a UK newspaper recently that the UK’s largest petfood company, Vetsure, recently launched an essential oil-based range of nutritional supplements. This is the first I’ve heard of this from a manufacturer! Essential oils have been avlable in US pet stores for years – but not for pets.

And why not? With my experience in working with animals, I think I know why pet owners would want to use natural ingredients on their animals.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are extracted from the natural oil glands of flowers, herbs or trees. These oils have been traditionally used for thousands of years to relieve stress, support immune system health and promote general well-being.

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. They are used as fragrances, preservatives, insect repellents and even as natural insecticides.

In many cases, their beneficial properties can be traced to their components, known as essential oils. Each essential oil has a unique fragrance that is the result of the chemicals that are present in it. Essential oils act as antibacterial agents, antiviral agents, antifungal agents and even as insecticides.

Why should I be using essential oils?

Essential oils are one of the most natural and safe ways of helping our animals stay healthy. Most essential oils are safe for both pets and humans. A number of essential oils are also safe to use topically, although some may cause reactions on sensitive skin.

You may be wondering why I am so interested in these natural oils. For starters, I’ve always had pets and have always believed that they should have the best of everything. My friends and I all have a different taste in food and sometimes different foods do better in different households. I thought, why not have the same with a different type of food and different medications for our pets.

Some of the most common uses of essential oils include:

Soothing pets during stress

Drying up respiratory infections

Treating diarrhea and stomach upset

Relieving anxiety and stress

As insecticides

I will have a more thorough post on this topic in the future. For now, I wanted to give you a taste of my experience with them. I hope you enjoy these benefits and will give essential oils a try for your pets!

If you have any questions about any of these products, please let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

The first step I’d recommend is to give your pet their first essential oil massage in a carrier oil. Essential oils tend to be concentrated, so you’ll want to make sure they don’t get it on any other area of the body. If you are massaging any areas where your pet might be sensitive, be sure to use a carrier oil that you wouldn’t mind getting in your hands!

My recommendations are this:

Coconut oil:

Lemon

Lavender

Avocado

Peppermint

Jojoba oil:

Wintergreen

Spearmint

Phenoel, from Natural Solutions

As you can see, you have some options!

Once your pet has had a massage and you have a few oils to use for future treatments, you’ll want to look at their body type. There are essential oils for most body types, but some are designed specifically for a certn body type. So, if your pet has a particular skin type, for example, ask your holistic vet about their choices!

Another thing to consider is what the season is. I’m assuming that when you are getting your pet massages, you live in an area where the weather is cold. However, what happens if you live in a place where the weather is hot?

That’s when you can use essential oils to make sure your pet’s skin is protected! Some oils can be applied during the winter months or in the spring when the weather is warmer, but there are also oils that are really designed for the summer months. In fact, you can actually change your pet’s diet based on which oil(s) they’ll be getting. I’ll talk about that below!

So, what are those oils? Let’s start with something simple!

Lemongrass

Phenoel

Wintergreen

Bergamot

Peppermint

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a must-have, but if you are getting your pet massages during the winter months, they may be better off if they get their legs rubbed with bergamot oil instead of wintergreen. Bergamot oil is a bit thicker and it feels a little better. If your pet has eczema, getting some treatment is a must.

Now, we’re going to make things a bit more complicated. What happens if you live somewhere where the sun is out for most of the day? This means that your pet will be getting their massage outside.

Sunscreens!

In addition to your essential oils, you’ll want to have sunscreen for your pet. I find that there are a couple of brands that are specifically made for pets. You want something that won’t make your pet look oily. There are also products that you can put on your pet that won’t leave an oily smell.

As always, it’s all about trial and error, and knowing what your pet does well and doesn’t. I wouldn’t suggest making up your own blend for your pet just yet. I’d start with the products that have a lot of reviews on them and give your pet a test run.

It’s easy to make up your own blends when you have all the tools. Once you start getting into making blends, it’s easier to keep things consistent, but it’s still not too hard to make a mistake. Here’s a few good ones to try out:

What oils do you use on your pet? Have any advice to give? Let me know in the comments below!


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