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Find Out How Essential Oils Can Help Your Dog

Essential oils for your dog are a simple, safe, and healthy solution to many issues. And, they can help your dog live a longer, happier life.

Research has shown essential oils have the ability to relieve conditions ranging from itchy skin to digestion problems. From anxiety to depression. And, so much more.

But… there’s still some uncertainty here.

Essential oils for dogs (and humans) are a relatively new idea. As with any new idea, we (as humans) must do our own research to come to our own conclusions about how effective they are.

They kind of seem too good to be true… don’t they?

If these ‘solutions’ have the power to do everything they claim… why are we just now finding out about them?

Do they really work? And, what can they be used for? We’ll discuss this and more in today’s article.

How Do Dogs Use Essential Oils?

Before we dive in to what various oils may be used for, lets discuss how they can be applied safely to your dog.

When you scroll down to the oils, you’ll notice they may say ‘can be applied topically, ingested, or inhaled. You might also hear it phrased as ‘can be applied topically, aromatically, or internally.

Just as with anything else that’s new, the introduction of essential oils should be gradual and slow. Start with a small amount of an essential oil and watch your dog’s behavior. If the response is neutral but you aren’t seeing much an effect therapeutically, you can generally add more essential oil or increase the frequency of application. Be sure not to start out with a huge amount immediately, though. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Aromatic Application of Essential Oil

When talking about aromatic or ‘inhaled’ application, we’re talking about the use of a diffuser. That could be a nebulizing diffuser or water diffusion.

Nebulizing diffusers pull oil directly from the bottle and disperse the oil through the air. If you’re using a nebulizing diffuser in your home, make sure your dog has a place to escape the ‘air’ from the room if she wants to.

With water diffusion, you start with 1-5 drops of oil in a diffuser. If you have never used oils before, professionals recommend using the water diffusion method rather than the nebulizing diffusion.

Applying an Oil to Your Dog Topically

If we say an oil can be applied topically, that means the oil can be placed on your dog’s skin in certain places.

The most common area to place oil is along the spine of your dog. It’s the area the oil is usually best tolerated.

Some professionals recommend applying oil to the tips of a dog’s ears. Some dogs are okay with this, but most don’t prefer this method. You should avoid using this method if your dog has long ears. Dogs with long ears can shake their head and get the oil in their eyes accidentally.

The skin along the paw pads can sometimes tolerate essential oils… but make sure the oil is diluted if you’re placing it here. This area can easily become irritated.

Finally, certain oils can be placed in your dog’s shampoo. Dogs who have itchy skin usually benefit from this application.

Internal Application for Dogs?

And… internally. Be sure before you provide your dog with any essential oil internally, you fully understand the oil is designed for this (and find out whether the oil should be diluted and how).

Some essential oils can be placed in food and/or in drinking water. A general recommendation is 1 drop per 2 cups of drinking water for dogs.

Calming Oils: Oils to Reduce Anxiety and/or Irritability

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): This oil helps to provide a calming ‘mood’ for dogs who are feeling anxious or nervous. Roman chamomile can be inhaled, ingested, or applied topically to your dog.

Hops (Humulus lupulus): Hops can help calm a dog who is anxious, nervous, or irritable. This oil can be inhaled, ingested, or applied topically on your dog.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian root is a relaxant and mild sedative. It offers calming and soothing support for your dog when she is experiencing anxiety, panic or some sort of tension.

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans): Nutmeg can help a dog who is anxious or hyperactive with scattered energy. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): This oil has many uses, but most commonly, lavender can be used to soothe and comfort a dog who is experiencing distress and/or anxiety. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog. (P.S.- This oil can also be used for allergies, burns, ulcers, and insomnia).

Oils for Fearful Dogs: Dogs Who are Feeling Stressed Out

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii): On its own, or with the support of other essential oils that help reduce a dog’s fearful emotions, Frankincense can help reduce extreme stress. This oil is used in severe cases of fear to help a dog ‘come back to the ground.’ This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Violet Leaf (Viola odorata): If a dog is shocked or hesitant toward a situation, violet leaf can be used to reduce feelings of nervousness by providing a feeling of comfort and safety. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Linden Blossom (Tilia cordata). Linden blossom can assist in providing a sense of safety and trust. This oil is commonly recommened for dogs who have a history of abuse. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum): Sandalwood provides support on a physical and emotional level. Dogs who have emotional imbalances, worry, or uncertainly of situations are among those who can benefit from this oil. It can be very effective on its own, or in combination with other essential oils. And, can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Oils for Aggression: Let’s Provide Some Comfort

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia): Vanilla has comforting and nurturing qualities for dogs who experience nervous tension, irritability, and/or anger. Dogs who have been known to bite are among those who this oil is recommended to. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea): This oil is generally recommended for female dogs but can also be used for male dogs who are experiencing feelings of anger, frustration, and/or mood swings. This oil has been found to have soothing effects. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Yarrow has not only shown the ability to heal physical imbalances, but emotional imbalances as well. This could be a dog who has experienced trauma, neglect, and/or abuse… or a dog who is over-sensitive. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Rose Otto (Rosa damascena). Rose Otto is recommended for dogs who have a history of neglect, abuse, or suffering of some kind. This oil is also recommended for dogs who are displaying any sort of aggression. It’s important to note that alternative veterinarians have a disclaimer with this oil… a dog may continue to display aggressive behavior in the beginning of the use of Rose Otto but you may see positive results once your dog has been exposed. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides): Vetiver provides comfort and reassurance for an anxious dog showing aggression. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically.

Oils for Sadness: Relieving the Depression

Neroli (Citrus aurantium): There are many dogs who do not particularly care for this oil. But, if your dog will accept this oil, it can be used to support a dog who is experiencing depression, grief, or loneliness. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use).

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Peppermint has been known to have a calming effect on dogs (and humans!). And, can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog.

Oils for Flea and Tick Prevention: Make Your Own

Essential oils can be used to prevent fleas and ticks from living on your dog’s body without exposing your dog or your family to those dangerous chemicals from traditional flea medications.

Lemongrass Oil: Insecticidal

Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil doesn’t kill fleas and ticks, but it does work as an effective repellant to fleas and ticks.

Citronella Oil: Citronella isn’t a surprising candidate on this list. After all, we do use this to protect ourselves against mosquitoes. But, it is also highly effective in repelling fleas and ticks.

Cedarwood Oil: Insect repellent

If you don’t want to make an essential oil ‘flea and tick killer’ yourself, you can investigate Richard’s Organics Naturally Gentle & Safe Flea & Tick Spray which contains a mix of peppermint, cedar, clove, and rosemary essential oils to kill fleas and ticks… and repel mosquitos for up to 4 weeks following application.

Approach with Caution: Follow Some Rules

While oils can be extremely helpful, just as with anything else, we must be cautious. Essential oils are powerful and can produce adverse effects.

‘Principles of Safe Use’ must be in place.

If your dog doesn’t like an oil, don’t force her to use it.

In cases where an oil must be dilated, one drop of essential oil per 50 drops of ‘carrier oil’ (Like grape seed oil) is generally enough.

It’s also possible to overuse oils. Make sure you’re not one of those people who starts using essential oils, and then unintentionally overdoses yourself or your dog.

Be sure not to get essential oil around or near the eyes. And, wash your hands after using any type of oil.

To reduce the chances of your dog (or you) becoming sensitive to an oil or unintentionally overdosing on an oil, a general recommendation is using an oil for no longer than two weeks and then take a rest period. Come back to using that oil later on.

There’s More to Learn… Start Studying Today

This article just brushes the surface of essential oils.

It’s not meant to be a ‘you’re ready to do this’ type of article. You must do your own research before using any essential oil on your dog.

Print this out for reference- and ask a holistic or alternative veterinarian if your individual dog would benefit. Remember, every dog is different. And, depending on the health of your dog, some may be acceptable whereas other aren’t recommended.

And, not all oils should be treated equal… make sure the oil you are purchasing is of high-quality.

There are hundreds of ‘fake oils’ out there. You want your first impression to be as good as it can be. If you try out a ‘bad’ essential oil first, you won’t know if it’s really helpful for your dog (or for you).

You should never place an essential oil on your dog’s skin (or let them inhale/ ingest) without first fully understanding the oil you’re using.

Bottom line… be sure to do further research before implementing essential oils into your dog’s routine.

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How CBD Oil May Help Dogs with Cancer

When your dog is suffering from cancer, watching them fight can become overwhelming. And, it’s equally as frustrating since we can’t help as much as we would like to. Thankfully, there continues to be more and more research released regarding alternative treatments. One potential alternative treatment you may want to investigate is CBD oil. Fortunately, one of the companies I work with offers excellent, high-quality CBD Oil (it’s important to note here– I do not receive any type of compensation for referrals– I just absolutely love their product).

Before we go on further into this article, it’s important to note that CBD oil for dogs isn’t the cure for cancer in dogs. We wish CBD oil could be the cure, but unfortunately that’s not the case. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t still help your dog in a few ways. We’ll talk about them here.

And, a little disclaimer here, if your dog has cancer make sure you discuss this option with your veterinarian before implementing this into your dog’s routine. If your family veterinarian is unsure about alternative treatments, you can request a visit with a veterinarian who specializes in alternative medicine.

What Exactly is… The “C” word?

The basic definition of cancer is abnormal growth of cells in the body. The abnormal cells in the body grow uncontrollably (we’ll talk more about this in a few moments) and begin destroying the body’s ability to function properly.

Cancer is extremely common in dogs, approximately one of two dogs will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The types of cancer dogs are diagnosed with includes:

  • Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is common in dogs, but it is usually benign.
  • Mammary Cancer: Female dogs are prone to breast cancer. Breeds most susceptible to mammary cancer include Poodles, Dachshunds, and Spaniels.
  • Head and Neck Cancers: Dogs are prone to developing mouth cancer. This type of cancer must be treated immediately and aggressively. Dog breeds most susceptible to developing this type of cancer include Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, German Shepherds, and Scottish Terriers.
  • Lymphoma: Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes. Dog owners usually catch this cancer once an enlarged lymph node is apparent. Lymphoma can be an aggressive cancer and should be treated immediately following diagnosis. Breeds prone to Lymphoma include Dachshund, Pomeranian, Chihuahua, and Brittany Spaniel.
  • Testicular Cancer: Testicular cancer is common in dogs, particularly dogs who have retained testicles.
  • Bone Cancer: Bone cancer is common in large-breed and senior dogs. The most common area bone cancer occurs is in the leg bones. You may notice unusual swelling, lameness, or pain in dogs who have bone cancer. Certain breeds are more susceptible to bone cancer than others (Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Irish Setter).
  • Brain Cancer: Brain tumors develop in the tissue of the brain. They’re generally slow-growing and not found until symptoms begin. Fortunately, this type of cancer is rare in dogs. There are certain breeds at an increased risk including Doberman Pincher, Scottish Terrier, Olde English Sheepdog, and Golden Retriever.

There are other cancers dogs may develop… and even if your dog doesn’t have cancer I can’t recommend Dr. Dressler & Dr. Ettinger’s book enough. You can find it here. I have multiple copies… hopefully I will never need them. But, with the rates of cancer being so high, i’d rather be prepared.

How Can CBD Oil Help?

CBD oil helps to manage inflammation, decrease pain, manage seizures, and stimulate the appetite. Each of these benefits may sound relatively small when it comes to the full picture. But, each of these can result in your dog feeling much better. The anti-inflammatory and anti-pain effects from the CBD oil may help your dog feel more comfortable. Maintaining a healthy appetite is critical to your dog’s strength.

CBD has also been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increasing the death rate of tumor cells. CBD kills cells by helping the immune system and blocks their ability to produce energy.

Cancer cells are different than your dog’s normal body cells because they don’t die on their own. Normal cells that are old or damaged have a “control system” that causes their death. This process of cell suicide is known as apoptosis. Cancer cells do not have the ability to induce apoptosis. The damaged/mutated cells just continue to grow and grow… which forms tumors. CBD has been shown to ‘turn on’ apoptosis and stop the growth of tumors.

CBD oil can also help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiation). Researchers have found combining chemotherapy with cannabinoids had better results than using chemo alone. Researchers believe combining chemo and CBD can also reduce those terrible side effects, like nausea, from the chemotherapy treatments.

Testimonials Mean the World

Testimonials mean the world to us as dog lovers. We want to check out what others are saying about the product, right? Of course. That’s why we have compiled a few of CannaCanine’s CBD oil testimonials below:

“I have been using your CBD oil with Judah, my 13 year old Springer Spaniel, as a part of his natural treatment program for a skin cancer on his ear. This treatment includes prayer, faith, CBD oil, a healthy raw diet, and a couple other essential oils and cream. Since hearing of CBD oil, we have tried a couple different brands and have found yours to be of great quality. I have found that CBD oil applied topically has greatly helped with minimizing and controlling the affected area, while giving him a dropper by mouth each day has helped him to be at ease. Some of his lumps have even shrunk drastically! Thank the Lord!! Judah is such a good boy and deserves the best treatment. This is why I use CannaCanine! And it is awesome to hear that it is affective for anxiety too because I can recommend it to my training clients as another way in helping their dogs relax.” -Judah, Skin Cancer

“Rudy has bone cancer which puts a lot of strain on his system. It is painful and very exhausting as it drains his energy. However CBD oil has helped him increase his energy level and take away the inflammation in his leg. It also helps to relieve the pain caused by the cancer. CBD has made a huge improvement in the quality of his life! Rudy can now enjoy his days better in peace and comfort through CBD.” -Rudy, Bone Cancer

The Bottom Line on CBD and Cancer

There’s some promising research regarding CBD and cancer in dogs and humans. Researchers are continuing to study the benefits of CBD oil, and more research is expected to be released in the future. In the meantime, there are benefits researchers have found to help your dog already (reduced inflammation, etc.).

Don’t forget to talk to your veterinarian prior to implementing CBD into your dog’s routine. Once your veterinarian gives you the ‘go-ahead,’ visit CannaCanine’s store here and use code ‘YEAR’ for 30% off!

 

How CannaCanine’s CBD Oil Can Help Your Dog

As a Canine Behaviorist, I am continuously searching for new ways to help improve the lives of dogs and their families.

The most common ailments and illnesses I am approached with…? Anxiety. Separation Anxiety. Anxiety from cancer. Anxiety from new situations.

One of the products I have been learning about in the canine behavior and wellness field throughout the past several months is CBD oil. I wanted to learn as much as possible about the oil before recommending it to clients- and get some samples, talk to corporations, and professionals about the benefits.

When most clients hear the words ‘CBD oil,’ they are worried about their dog being “high” from the CBD oil… but dogs cannot get high from the CBD because it’s not psychoactive.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 compounds uniquely found in cannabis plants such as hemp. These compounds, called Cannabinoids,  are naturally found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, found in marijuana, CBD doesn’t contain any psychoactive properties or effects. The hemp plant naturally contains a higher percentage of CBD compared to marijuana plants.

So, How Does it Work?

CBD interacts with a system known as the ESC (Endocannabinoid System)… a system present in all mammals (yes, even us). The ESC regulates many different processes in the body; sleep, mood, anxiety, stress. And, like many other systems in a mammal’s body, there are receptors to regulate these.

CBD binds to the receptors in the ESC to help balance the systems in your dog’s body.

It’s like a puzzle piece. One puzzle piece fits into another to help your dog feel better.

CBD Helps Your Dog in Many Ways

CannaCanine’s CBD Oil is not only used to reduce your dog’s anxiety, but can also be used for the following conditions:

When a dog has the above conditions, generally some type of pharmaceutical drug is recommended. Pharmaceutical drugs are often not natural and your dog runs the risk of side effects (short-term and long-term).

CBD oil offers your dog (and you) a natural alternative.

CBD for Dogs with Cancer

CBD has been studied extensively to help dogs with cancer. CBD has been found to have an anti-tumor effect and stop cancer cells from growing. CBD blocks the energy given to the cancer cells and increases the effectiveness of other cancer treatments.

Dogs with cancer are commonly known to have trouble eating, too. As a result, your dog starts to lose weight and becomes lethargic. CBD oil helps increase your dog’s appetite and, in turn, assists in maintaining their current weight or getting him back to a normal, healthy weight.

We’ll talk about dog cancer diet ideas in another article. But, if you can get your dog’s appetite stimulated when they have cancer, that’s huge. That alone could provide your dog with higher life quality.

Think about when you’re not feeling well, but your stomach is rumbling because you’re so hungry. You’re uncomfortable. You’re probably miserable. Would you try a natural product to help stimulate your appetite and make you feel better?

You speak for your dog. And, she depends on you to make sure all of her necessities are taken care of.

Which Brand Do You Recommend?

As a professional in this industry, I am continuously sent samples of products for my clients. By far, the best CBD product I have been sent is from CannaCanine.

CannaCanine

CannaCanine is 100% organic and non-GMO. There’s 17 mg of  CBD per dropper.

CBD oil that isn’t organic could contain pesticides and herbicides, which could result in more harm than good for your dog.

On top of being the best CBD product quality-wise, for every bottle that’s purchased at CannaCanine, a free bottle is sent to Canine Haven Dog Rescue. If you make a purchase, and you would like a free bottle to go to a rescue of your choice, you can e-mail the organization to have the free bottle sent.

And, since it’s the Year of the Dog, CannaCanine has a special discount of 30% on all of their products.

What Ingredients Are in CannaCanine’s CBD Oil?

Unlike many CBD oils you’ll find, CannaCanine’s CBD Oil has only 2 ingredients; organic MCT Coconut Oil and organic CBD Hemp oil.

What are the benefits of the coconut oil? Coconut oil can work wonders for our dogs. Coconut oil can help with itchy skin and eczema in our dogs. And, if you apply coconut oil topically, it can assist in the healing of cuts, wounds, and hot spots. And, it’s a powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

Wait… there’s more. Coconut oil also helps with digestive problems including inflammatory bowel syndrome.

You can see why their CBD oil is so powerful. And, why CannaCanine’s CBD oil is my oil of choice to recommend to my clients.

Frequently Asked Questions About CBD for Dogs

I’ve encountered many questions about CBD oil for dogs. And, I would like to address a few of them for you here. You might find some of the common questions have already been answered above. But, for those who don’t have time to read the article in full until later on, you can get a glimpse (but, make sure to come back and read the remainder of the article, it could really help your dog).

What is CBD exactly?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It’s the main compound found in cannabis plants. CBD doesn’t alter mental function, and it doesn’t get your dog high (or you, if you are interested in trying CBD for your anxiety).

Does it have to be used daily to work?

No, it can be used on an as-needed basis. And, is actually most frequently used as-needed rather than daily.

Is CBD legal in the United States?

Yes, CBD is legal in the United States. Any dog owner has the ability to purchase and carry CBD oil.

Do I Need a Prescription for CBD oil for my dog?

No, you don’t need a prescription for CBD oil.

 

The Bottom Line on CBD Oil for Dogs

CBD oil is generally a safe, healthy alternative to traditional pharmaceutical drugs. Instead of giving your dog Xanax, in my professional opinion, it’s at least worth a try to see if this natural oil could help your dog with his anxiety.

If your dog has a skin condition, why not try a natural oil before applying a pharmaceutical ointment?

More and more people are leaning toward natural alternatives to keep not only their dogs healthy and happy, but themselves as well.

If you’re still on the edge about CBD oil for your dog, take a look at a few of CannaCanine’s testimonials here.

You can also take a look at some of the videos people have submitted about how CBD oil has helped their dogs below:

Veterinarians and Dog Owners Recommend CBD:

CBD Gets Rid of Dog’s Seizure:

CBD Relieves Dog’s Anxiety:

CBD Oil Relieves Dog’s Pain:

Disclaimer: The following are the opinions of a Professional Canine Behaviorist. Prior to the implementation of any product, you should first consult your veterinarian to ensure safety. 

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