I have always had a love for animals, specially dogs. My very first job through high school was at a boarding kennel. I want nothing but the best for all dogs which is why I will always to to steel a pet if your around me with your fur baby. I now have two dogs of my own and I have really taken to the dog mom title. I basically revolve my day around my puppies needs. I hope I'm not the only one who completely adores their fur babies.
Since I adore my dogs, I choose to only use Young Living essential oils and products in our home, specifically because of my dogs which I have written about before. There is no way that I want chemicals being absorbed into their skin through their paws or licked up from the ground. If I am taking such great lengths to avoid chemicals in products and ingredients we use, I am not one to use other things for their emotions either. Young Living Essential Oils may support our animals and their many personalities that come with them.
I am writing this post to help find calming essentials oils that may help support your dogs during times when they may have fear or worry. My dogs emotions change much with whats happening around them and can sense the emotions in the room better than anyone. Since dogs have such as good judge on their surroundings,sometimes not understanding exactly whats going on in the human world its important to consider their emotional health too.
Remember, you can use this information for anytime of year for those puppies who need some peace and calming in their life, such as dogs that are fostered, adopted, or were miss treated in their past. Even now, I hope you can use this information as people search for support for their dogs during the holiday celebrations. With tomorrow being July 1st, I wanted to get you some things that come to my mind to support dogs by creating a calming environment in the home.
The idea to share about this now is because it’s not even the month of July, but the holiday commotion has certainly started. Yesterday, fireworks were set off near our community all evening long. The dogs in the neighborhood started barking immediately after each firework boom. Those poor pups.
If you have an apprehensive dog at home or just seeking to gain some information about how to help your pup get through fireworks, storms, meeting lots of people and maybe all because of their past then keep reading. My goal is to share with you how essential oils can be the natural way to support even dogs emotions and fears in life, just as they do for you and me.
Two Special Considerations:
As always, safety needs to be considered here because essential oils are powerful. It's necessary to know how to use essential oils safely with your pets, just as it is important to consider safety with children and babies too. It took me time to incorporate essential oils into our dog’s lifestyle, it’s a process of introducing essential oils slowly.
My very first tip is to only use Young Living Essential Oils. Remember, not all essential oils are created equal. I only use Young Living Essential Oils because of the Seed to Seal Quality Commitment in Sourcing, Science, and Standards. If you’re not a member yet, I would be honored to help you get started with Young Living Essential Oils. I always recommend the best place to start is by ordering a Premium Starter Kit. Once you order your Premium Starter Kit, I will be a personal resource to you and provide you with more education. As always, you can reach out to me directly with any questions about getting started.
My second tip is to use the Essential Oils Animal Desk Reference. I found it very insightful and gave me confidence to use my Young Living Essential Oils in my house with my dogs. If you are using Young Living Essential Oils in your home and you have animals, you will want to have this book as a resource. The book provides details on essential oils that may be used with your animals and proper dilution for different sizes of dogs.
Fireworks and Essential Oils for Dogs
I absolutely love July and fireworks. It’s actually been one of my favorite celebrations since I was a young kid, probably because it's my birthday month. Although now being a dog mom, I know sometimes it’s no fun for them and I don’t want any puppy to suffer or be in fear.
Fireworks, even thunder storms, can be scary for any animal and sometimes even little children too. Young Living Essential Oils can be the natural way to support these emotions experienced during life.
Around the Fourth of July, there’s fireworks and loud parties, sometimes these happen at all hours of the night, meanwhile some of our fur babies are home alone and terrified. I actually hate the thought of a little pup feeling some of these emotions, being scared, shaking or hiding, and maybe crying too. I don’t want that for anyone’s dog. What worries me is that these celebrations not only occur on July Fourth but sometimes fireworks are set off days leading up to the Fourth or even after, which means that anxiety can be building up in our dogs for many days which isn’t good.
Personally, if your dog has these moments often I would be using some of these essential oils through out the day.
For this week specifically, I would start preparing and doing the groundwork for the Fourth of July now, or in the future start days leading up to the what ever causes these emotions in your dog.
There are a few different ways to use Young Living Essential Oils with your dogs. I personally use them in all three methods but for their emotions and creating a uplifting or calm home, I apply topically on my two dogs and I also put essential oils in a diffuser to support their emotions.
All this week, I will start getting my dogs relaxed with essential oils that help create a calm environment. The more consistently we use essential oils throughout our lifestyle the more support we will get from them, our dogs are no different.
Essential Oils in the Diffuser:
First way to support your dogs is to put calming essential oils in the diffuser and consistently.
People often turn on the diffuser right when fireworks or event occurs, but that’s too late. It’s a very common mistake that I see many people make. I like to start the diffuser in the morning so that the essential oils have time to support my dogs all day.
Just like our bodies balance with more consistent use of essential oils, so will our dogs. Start the diffuser in the morning to create a calm, peaceful, and relaxed environment for everyone, including the dogs. Diffusing is actually a good place to start when first introducing essential oils to animals too.
Simply choose your favorite blend of essential oils for the diffuser, there is no right or wrong combination. Your puppies may end up enjoying specific blends more than others, just like people. By starting to use them before the actual event occurs, for example using them all this week (4th of July), it will give you a chance to see which combinations your pups enjoy the most. As you start to use them often, you will see which ones your dogs are drawn to and how they support their moods.
I typically put about 6 drops of essential oils total when using my diffusers. There is no specific combination but there are about 9 essential oils that come to my mind which are known to support emotions,moods, feelings and can help create a calm and relaxed environment. I would pick anywhere from 1 to 4 of these essential oils at a time, to try out in the diffuser. Remember, if you enjoy another essential oil add that to the mix too.
Here are 9 calming essential oils that may support your dogs when used in the diffuser: Lavender, Stress Away, T-Away, Peace & Calming, Patchouli, Valor, White Angelia, Joy, and Frankincense.
Essential Oils for Topical Application:
Another option is to apply Young Living Essential Oils on the dogs fur topically. I often apply essential oils to my puppies for various reasons to support their skin or help keep outdoor annoyances away in a healthier way than traditional products. I apply essential oils behind their ears and all over their bodies with lots of love!
Remember, there are specific dilution ratios when applying essential oils to dogs. If you have small dogs or puppies, be sure to read the dilution chart in the Essential Oils Animals Desk Reference. You can use any carrier oil to dilute the essential oils when applying topically. A carrier oil will be any of the vegetable oils such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or almond oil. Even though I have two bigger dogs, I started out diluting all essential oils when applying topically to their body. They enjoy Lavender and Stress Away, which are both essential oils that really mellow them out.
Here are 9 calming essential oils that may support your dogs when applied topically: Lavender, Stress Away, T-Away, Peace & Calming, Patchouli, Valor, White Angelia, Joy, and Frankincense.
To apply essential oils topically:
Apply a drop or two to your hand, rub them together, then rub down your puppy's fur. If you wish to or require carrier oil dilution, simply squirt fractionated coconut oil onto your hands before rubbing down your dog.
For convenience, I often make a calming roller or calming spray to use when needed with a customize blend of mellow mix essential oils that support my pups. You could apply the blends to your hands then apply to your dog. You could also apply them directly to the dogs. Once you make these recipes, you can use the roller directly on them or spray the recipe onto their collar or fur.
Calming / Mellow Mix roller: In a 10 ml roller bottle, add desired essential oils with correct number of drops for the size of your dog, then fill the rest with carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. (review dilution chart in reference book)
Calming /Mellow Mix Spray: In a 2 ounce, glass spray bottle, add desired essential oils with correct number of drops for the size of your dog, then add a squirt of Thayer's Witch Hazel and fill the rest with water. (review dilution chart in reference book)
9 Calming Essential Oils
Remember, you can use this information for anytime of year for those puppies who need some peace and calming in their life, such as dogs that are fostered, adopted, or were miss treated in their past. With a loud holiday approaching us, I know there are many people looking at how essential oils can be used during this scary time. If your fur baby has a particular personality you may use these essential oil in your home to support their needs everyday. Here are some things to know about the 9 calming essential oils:
1. Lavender - One of my go-to essential oils, its our swiss army knife of essential oils. Lavender promotes feelings of calm, supports a worry-free outlook, and may help fight occasional nervous tension. Its balancing scent may also help calm the mind and body. (Everything you need to know about Lavender)
2. Stress Away- The name says it all, it's an exotic scent of lime and vanilla promotes relaxation and helps create a calm, enjoyable environment. This blend also includes Copaiba, Cedarwood, Ocotea, and Lavender.
3. T-Away - An Animal Scents Essential Oil that is specifically formulated for animals. It's a blend of Tangerine, Lavender, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, German Chamomile, Frankincense, Valerian, Ylang Ylang, Black Spruce, Geranium, Orange, Helichrysum, Spanish Sage, Patchouli, Coriander, Blue tansy, Bergamot, Rose, Lemon, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile and Palmarosa. Wow! T- Away will help promote positive feelings.
4. Peace & Calming- it's a sweet-smelling blend of Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming creates a deep sense of peace, balance, and emotional well-being.
5. Patchouli- Have feelings of jealousy, obsessions, or insecurities? Patchouli allows for these feelings to dissipate while it promotes clarity in the mind.
6. Valor- a blend of Black Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. It helps balance the energies within the body and helps to give courage, confidence, and self-esteem.
7. White Angelia- a blend of Bergamont, Myrrh, Geranium, Royal hawaiian Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Black Spruce, Melissa, Hyssop, and Rose. It creates a sense of protection and positive energies.
8. Joy - a beautiful blend of Bergamont, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. This blend creates a joyful aroma that helps overcome deep seated emotions.
9. Frankincense - an essential oil that can be describe as having a sweet, warm, Boswellia aroma that is stimulating or centering. Frankincense is useful for its comforting properties, helping the mind focus or overcome challenges, and promote relaxation. (How to use Frankincense)
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