The mighty essential oils

Howard Baker - RN BSN

Courtesy of Howard Baker Hobo enjoys the sweet aroma of spring.

The mighty essential oils may have many benefits for you and your dog. Before picking out your favorite essential oil it is important to understand the incredible sense of smell dogs have. Studies have shown the average human has about five million smell receptors, while the average dog has between one hundred and twenty-five to two hundred and fifty-million smell receptors. Many essential oils are potent and can overwhelm your trusted pet. If a dog can smell something forty feet below ground then they probably can smell the slightest spritz of an essential oil — so always use caution and use in moderation. Never use full strength essential oil on your pet. Diluted oils in water and gradually introduced to your pet. Make sure your dog enjoys the essence and you are getting the desired effect from the oil you are choosing. I will discuss safety, pitfalls, dangers, and benefits of incorporating essential oils into your pet’s daily routine.

Safety, I do not recommend using any perfumes or essential oils on or around cats. Have an escape route for your pet if they do not like the smell of a particular scent. Avoid spraying oils around your dog’s nose, eyes, genital/anal area. I do not recommend using oils around pregnant dogs, puppies or dogs of advanced age. I also avoid cinnamon, wintergreen, thyme, clove, camphor and oregano or any oil considered “hot.” I do not recommend adding essential oils to drinking water or food. Essential oils are not created equally and you should always do your homework before purchasing or using any oils on or around your pet. I strongly recommend before adding an essential oil to your dog’s routine to discuss in detail with your veterinarian.

Lavender has shown to have a calming effect on humans and dogs alike. Lavender has been used for centuries as antiseptics, disinfectants and in potpourris. Lavender also has a calming effect and is often used for relaxation and to help prevent motion sickness. Although Hobo the Wonder Dog has no issues with motion sickness he does travel quite a bit, he logged more than sixty-thousand miles last year. Keeping odors down in the car are sometimes a challenge. I often use commercial dog cologne on my dogs to keep them smelling fresh and clean between baths. I have started using a lavender spray in the car to keep it smelling fresh. I use the following recipe:

8 to 10 ounces of bottled water

8 to 10 drops of a high-quality lavender essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle

Remember to shake before use as oil and water will separate.

Use the recipe to spray your car’s seats and flooring (test in a small area first) before a ride to calm and relax. A quick spritz before going outside the home will help repel insects, fleas and ticks. A quick spritz in the home before you leave just might calm your dog’s separation anxiety. Spraying your dog’s bedding will keep it fresh and fungus free. I want to keep Hobo stress free as possible, and as happy and healthy as I possibly can. Why not make every day a spa day for your dog with a spritz of lavender.

Never spray an essential oil in your dog’s face.

Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]

Courtesy of Howard Baker Hobo enjoys the sweet aroma of spring. of Howard Baker Hobo enjoys the sweet aroma of spring.

Howard Baker


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