Aromatherapy is a discipline with 4500 years of history that, at present, is usually used as a complementary practice to conventional medicine. It consists of the use of essential oils extracted from vegetables, by inhalation or by direct application on the skin, to heal various ailments, both physical and emotional. In recent decades, its use has also extended to pets and is consolidating itself as a specialty that promises well-being, balance, and cure, particularly in cases of fear, nervousness, and alteration. In addition, in many veterinary schools, it is already dictated as a chair.
How to use aromatherapy in dogs
The smell, that sense that never rests, is much more developed in animals than in humans. Therefore, we must be very clear that aromatherapy in dogs cannot be used on a human scale. Everything must be much more diluted so that it does not cause any damage. Its use is safe, provided that the veterinarian’s recommendations regarding frequency and dose are followed.
Once adapted to the characteristics of dogs, this discipline can be useful to your pet, both physically and emotionally. It is considered very useful, for example, to promote positive attitudes in training, as a repellent of external parasites or to inhibit unwanted behaviors, such as separation anxiety.
A recent study showed that the use of lavender aromatherapy was effective and safe as a method of relaxation in canines with separation anxiety from the owners. In more than 70 percent of patients, symptoms disappeared or decreased.
Some beneficial essences for your dog
We tell you the benefits that some essential oils can bring to your dog:
- Lemon: Ideal for you to concentrate during training, as it will enhance your attention. In addition, it is good for the circulatory system, regenerates connective tissue and repels insects.
- Chamomile: As good as it is, it is beneficial in cases of impatience and irritability. It also relieves allergic inflammation and eczema and heals wounds faster.
- Eucalyptus: It serves to improve the mood and mental stimulation of your pet because it helps increase blood flow to the brain. It also drives away insects.
- Neem tree: Reduces stress in dogs that are anxious.
- Mint: It’s good to lift your spirits.
- Incense: Recommended for when you have to leave your dog alone, as it reduces stress and depression.
- Benjuí Tree: It can be a good ally for fearful, aggressive or very anxious pets, due to its antidepressant, relaxing and sedative effects.
- Agrimony: Recommended to stop itching caused by fleas.
- Aspen: Use it if your dog has a storm phobia.
- Garden plum: Keep this in mind if your dog does not like to travel by car.
- Impatience and Clematis: Improve attention span during training.
- Punk Rock: Help in cases of animals that have suffered trauma, relieving stress and increasing their courage.
- Cedar: It is a good insect repellent, in addition to strengthening the skin and improving its elasticity.
- Orange: Calms digestive problems, nervousness and stimulates the lymphatic system.
- Star of Bethlehem: For all types of trauma, including pain.
It goes without saying that aromatherapy, whether for people or for animals, is safe only if it is used following the recommendations of manufacturers and specialists. For this reason, as your dog does not know how to read the labels or the veterinarian’s instructions, better keep these products in good safety. This will prevent possible accidents if your pet decides to use a bottle as a toy or as an object of exploration.
Luckily, everything evolves and we live in a world where disputes between conventional medicine and alternatives are over and the best of each is used for the welfare of humans and animals. However, it is important to emphasize that no treatment is harmless, however harmless it may seem. Therefore, do not risk the health of your dog playing the veterinarian. For aromatherapy to be a good tool to improve the quality of life of your pet, first consult with professionals and consult them with everything you need.