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Essential Oils For Your Dog’s Allergies

5 Great Oils For Dog’s Allergies

1. Lavender

Lavender is a great analgesic, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.

Note that while lavender is very useful, it contains no antioxidant compounds and can oxidize when it’s stored.

These oxidized alcohols can cause allergic responses, so be sure your oil is high quality and hasn’t been sitting in your cupboard.

2. Roman Chamomile

This oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anti-parasitic properties. It can be used topically or orally.

3. Myrrh

This oil is anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and also has astringent properties. It can be applied topically.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic. It can be used topically or orally.

5. Oregano and Clove

These oils can be added for immune support, an important component of allergy prevention and treatment. They can be applied topically, given orally or placed in a diffuser.

While oils are useful and generally safe, they are powerful and can cause a wide variety of adverse effects.

The largest problem with essential oils is that they may contain contaminates that make more serious issues arise. You need to use your due diligence when choosing oils as most oils in the high street will state they are 100% natural in fact can contain 92% of fillers and synthetics

For this reason, you should only use therapeutic grade oils from reputable companies and verify the quality of oils before using them.

Animals have an acute sense of smell, so in most cases it is best to use oils that are diluted and always provide an escape route.

Watch your dog carefully for signs that he isn’t tolerating to the oil, and remove it if he doesn’t seem to like it. Cats are particularly at risk for oil reactions and in most cases we use oils very sparingly on cats.

One drop of essential oil diluted in 50 drops of a pure dilutional oil such as fractionated coconut oil is usually enough.

To reduce the chances of sensitivity and organ toxicity, don’t use the oil for more than two weeks and then provide a rest period.

Oils can be used for longer periods, but it’s best to consult with somebody trained in their use before considering this.

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