DOG MOMS • This one’s for you! Dog dads too 😉 I grew with dogs, so did my husband, so as soon as we bought our first house (10 years ago this year!!) we started looking for a rescue. We fell in love with Maggie, a 3yo black lab mix, as soon as we met her. She was our first baby, still is.
When we rescued Oliver as a puppy 4 years ago (a black lab mix too) it was becoming more apparent Maggie was slowing down and showing signs of discomfort in her hips/back legs. We did everything the vet recommended, and then I heard a holistic vet speak at a doTERRA conference. I knew I had tools at home already to help Maggie!
Maybe you’ve seen my video, or maybe this is the first time you’ve heard this, but when I tell you Maggie is obsessed with doTERRA Copabia oil, it’s no joke! And I understand why. This oil tastes like beef jerky, and it has been incredible for her joint health. At our last well check the vet couldn’t believe Maggie’s almost 13!
I whole-heartedly believe in the healing powers of plants, and these incredible oils have worked wonders for our family. But since this post is about dogs, let’s chat about some important tips when it comes to Oils for Dogs 🐶
• Not all brands of essential oils are created equal, so go with a trusted source so you know exactly what you’re getting. (You’d be surprised that most oils on the shelf are full of synthetics even if the label says otherwise 🙄)
• If you’re going to diffuse around any animal make sure they can leave the room if they’re not found of the aroma. (A study conducted in a dog rescue shelter diffused a combination of Lavender and Chamomile oil and observed an increase of resting and a decrease of barking. But when Peppermint and Rosemary oils were diffused, researchers observed more activity.)
• Just like human babies, you’ve got to heavily dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) before using them topically. Avoid using oils topically on puppies.
• And just like human babies, less is more in terms of drops of essential oil. Start out small, heavily dilute, use it sparingly, and steer clear of “hot” oils like Oregano, Cinnamon, Cassia, etc.
Did you read my Oils For Cats post?
🐩 Dog Art by @meowmeowbycat