There has been a lot of talk lately about essential oils and animals lately, and while I'm simply a dog lover and not a veterinarian, my 90-plus-pound black lab is a pro when it comes to being a dog and choosing the EO products he wants. ;)
So I thought I'd share what Sir Mac enjoys as an oily dog...
First off, Mac is an overall healthy dog. He is almost 4 years old and he is energetic and easy going. He runs constantly. We feed him Blue Buffalo food, which we believe is one of the highest quality food types out there. We also give him monthly flea and tick repellant and check him regularly for any health issues common to dogs his size and age.
But like any farm dog, Mac has the occasional stomach issue and he often gets skin cuts when he is running through trees and in the fields. The following oils and essential oil products from Young Living are his favorites:
When Mac has a digestive upset, he usually chooses peppermint. By "choose," I mean I open a couple bottles of oils that I believe would help his digestion and he usually goes for the peppermint over the DiGize oil blend.
I put Peppermint in my hands and rub it on his stomach area and he usually enjoys licking the oil off my hands as well.
Peppermint is also a great oil for dogs when they get overheated. Mac prefers to lick it off my hands when he gets hot. You could also put a drop in your dog's water, but make sure to have non-oily water available if he or she doesn't like the taste of Peppermint.
Mac loves his Lavender EO. When we are in the middle of a stressful situation, such as moving or hosting a big event with lots of people around, I will often diffuse lavender in our house. Mac likes to be near the diffuser when it has lavender in it.
Mac also likes when I put lavender EO on his paws. He enjoys the calming aroma and he sometimes licks it off his paws while he's calm and content on one of his favorite couches or on mom and dad's bed.
Animal Scents Ointment
When Mac get's a cut or scrape, I will put a drop or two of lavender right on the cut to soothe and clean it and then I cover it with the Animal Scents Ointment. The ointment helps protect the cut from dirt and bacteria.
Most of the time, Mac likes to lick the Animal Scents Ointment off because he likes the taste. :)
Mac also likes having the Animal Scents Ointment on his paws in the winter when the pads of his feet get dry and cracked from the cold ground and snow.
As Mac grows up, we will give him more options for essential oils and EO products for the issues that dogs tend to have as they age. My sister dog, Riley, is 11 years old, and she enjoys a bunch of oils and oil supplements, including Frankincense, BLM, Grapefruit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Copaiba.
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Already a member? What are your furry kids' favorite oils?