Aromatherapy, or Essential Oil Therapy, Can Calm Anxiety and Stress in Older Dogs
When used correctly, aromatherapy can be a safe and effective way to calm anxious dogs, reduce inflammation and fight infections by inhibiting bacteria and soothing muscle aches and pain that are common conditions of senior dogs.
Important facts about aromatherapy and essential oils you need to know:
Aromatherapy oils, also known as essential oils, are administered either through inhalation, ingestion or contact with the skin, where they are absorbed into the body and into the blood stream and distributed to various tissues throughout the body.
It is important to only use essential oils that are clearly marked ‘100% pure’ on the label for aromatherapy treatment for dogs. Oils that are not marked ‘100% pure’ may contain dangerous chemicals and compounds. Poorly made essential oils may lessen their therapeutic effects and cause more harm than good.
Look for the following information that should be printed on the label:
- The words “organic,” “wildcrafted,” or “unsprayed”: The purity of the plants your oils come from has been diminished if they were sprayed with pesticides or touched by chemicals.
- The Latin name – Many essential oils share the same name. The Latin name, also called the biological name, is used to distinguish between specific plants.
- Country of origin: It’s always good to know where your oils came from.
Some essential oils may be toxic to cats and pose a health risk to dogs. Consult with a veterinarian before using essential oils on or near your pets.
Essential oils are concentrated and should never be applied in their pure form. Dilute essential oils before using them. Always check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet or adding supplements.