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A dog is a man’s best friend. It only makes sense that you want to do everything you can to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Taking the holistic approach with essential oils can treat your dogs in a variety of ways.

Certain oils have properties that are safe to use on dogs, allowing you to treat conditions without having to take them to the vet.

Keep Pests Away

Some essential oils can be used as a natural insect repellent, ensuring that your dog doesn’t get chewed up by different insects. Citrus oils have been observed to repel many kinds of pests.

Fleas, ticks, and other pests are common for dogs to deal with. By using a drop or two of an essential oil, it can provide the repellent that your dog needs without having to turn to prescription drugs or other expensive treatments.

Certain citrus oils, including lemongrass, can be used as a bug repellent while also helping with digestive problems and arthritis.

Prevent Shedding

Plenty of dogs shed. No matter how often you brush them, it may seem as though they leave a trail of hair or fur wherever they go. Some breeds are more prone to shedding than others. However, most of this stems from skin conditions.

Flaxseed and olive essential oils can help with shedding as well as dry skin. If it seems as though your dog is constantly scratching, you can use these essential oils by the teaspoon on their food. Your vet may even have these oils in the form of a powder or capsule.

Reduce Fear

It’s hard to see a dog with a lot of anxiety. When you’re taking them to the groomer or on a long car ride, you don’t want to see them shaking with nerves the whole time.

Essential oils, when properly used, can help to calm your dog down. It may also help your furry friend to build up some confidence. Neroli or lavender essential oils can be used topically with a carrier oil like jojoba or aloe vera gel.

If your dog is hypersensitive to sound, then you may want to use Melissa or lavender oils. In addition to topical methods, you can also use a diffuser so that inhaling the aroma can help before, during, and after their fearful activity.

When you use essential oils, be sure to follow the instructions. High-quality oils used sparingly is the best approach.

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