My cat Edison broke his leg on a cold November night in 2011. I rushed him to the emergency vet around 11pm, where the doctor told me I was going to have to put him down or amputate his leg. The next day, I took my Edison to my regular vet, where the doctor told me to cast his leg for 6 weeks and he’d be fine! Turns out, Edison was fine, all it took was a cute festive cast and some TLC.
I learned after the traumatizing experience that you can’t always trust “professionals.” Sometimes you need a second opinion, and sometimes YOU have to decide what is best for your animals – after all, nobody knows your animals like you do.
Shortly after that incident, I began the road to become certified in natural animal care. Throughout that experience, I learned a lot about essential oils and aromatherapy for healing in animals. Although I do support western medicine to some extent, I much prefer natural healing, especially for my fur kids. Since Wynston’s recent diagnosis of intrathoracic tracheal collapse, I made the decision to treat him holistically, rather than with steroids or inhalants. Many of my readers/followers have expressed much interest in essential oils for dogs, so here is a quick run down of wonderful oils that you may find helpful!
Heartworm and ticks: As heart worm has been a growing problem this summer, many have expressed the interest in alternatives to a preventative pill (myself included). Here are some oils that can be used at repellents and preventatives.
– Lavendar: reduces mental stress (I have used this for years in my house)
– Marjoram: calms the nerves.
– Palo Santo
You can use essential oils in many different ways, as they are non-toxic. Make sure you buy a good, natural brand. You can warm oils in a warmer, use a diffuser, directly apply oils to skin/fur, put some drops in a warm vaporizer, the list goes on and on! You may want to dilute oils for your pets, and the amount you use depends on the oil and situation. Please be advised to do specific research for your particular needs in terms of how much to use and how to use it, and always consult your vet if there is an emergency.