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Essential Oils and Pets

Aromatherapy for Pets

Veterinarians, rescue groups and clients all ask me how I manage to work with nut-case rescue dogs and aggressive dogs. For almost 30 years I have been working with essential oils which is NOT to be confused with what I call “smell pretty” junk. Luckily, in the past decade or so, true essential oils became available in the United States, which meant that I did not have to travel out of the country to get them. One first has to understand the difference between the types of oils and not the trendy versions that started in the late 1990s and have escalated to untold and untrue proportions.

There are three types of oils and only ONE defined essential oil in the true sense.

  1. Perfume grade
  2. Smell-pretty grade
  3. Therapeutic grade

Perfume grade is obviously your perfume. Smell-pretty grade is the stuff you plug into your walls or use for your laundry, like dryer sheets.

Most oils are cut with the same ingredients they use in dry cleaning chemicals. Not only are they dangerous but smell nothing like real essential oils and offer no therapeutic benefits and they feel greasy. When I do classes I ask people to bring whatever oils they have, almost the entire class brings in their lavender oil. Whether you purchase them from the grocery store or health food stores here is the 99.9% reality. They are fake oils cut with commercial chemicals. Every bottle of lavender oil I have ever seen in my classes says the same thing. Not for internal use or do not ingest. True 100% therapeutic grade essential oils are good enough to ingest (with certain oils excluded). People do not, please do not be sucked in by the ads on television!

Because of their protein-like and lipid-soluble structure our body’s cells and blood can immediately absorb them, since they are so much alike. The three things both therapeutic grade essential oils have in common with the human and animal body are carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The average single oil, as opposed to a blend which has more, have anywhere between 75 and 400 chemical constituents. There are many types of oil properties such as anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and so on.

Having run Denver Afghan Hound Rescue for almost 30 years, you rarely get in normal dogs. They have been poorly bred in breeder puppy mills, abused, neglected and any other thing you can imagine. Most of the dogs I have taken in were not dogs that could be placed, a rescue cannot keep them all and killing all the ones that had issues was really not a great option. Consequently, that sent me on the path of how can I try to “fix” these kids. The same is true with grooming and training dogs. Whether they were never properly groomed trained or the pet caretakers always let the dog get away with being aggressive the outcome would be the same. The vet always said the dog had to be drugged. Not only is that really dangerous but that also teaches the pets to be fearful and never teaches them anything else.

Pure therapeutic grade essential oils have properties that the fake ones do not. They can alter the DNA structure and brain wave patterns. Combined with flower essences, it is an unbeatable combination. Now, by law, I have to state the following. Not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any physical or mental issue. Not approved by the FDA. Not being approved by the FDA makes me give a great sigh of relief considering that many of the pharmaceutical drugs they approve start killing people and the FDA pulls it off the market. But Hey! I thought you all tested and approved it!

Pure essential oils have been known to work on not only emotional issues but physical issues as well. People are now realizing that everything from aggression, (not brain damage induced) to fear of thunder and separation anxiety can be treated without the use of toxic and damaging drugs. You can use lavender to help stop bleeding, Deep Relief or Panaway for bone injuries, Peace and Calming for doggie nerves and hundreds of others. Deciding what oils matched with what flower essences can sometimes be time consuming at the very least you know you are using healthy, non-toxic methods. One of the best parts is that essential oils and flower essences can cause no harm. The only possible danger is using them incorrectly such as essential oils on your hands then touching your eyes so you should always consult a trained professional as well as always keep your veterinarian informed on what you are doing.

In people, therapeutic grade essential oils have been known to assist in fighting off bacterial and viral infections, lung infections, skin conditions, blood conditions, mild depression, anxiety and even has kept many cancers in remission. If there is a physical or emotion issue, there is a therapeutic grade essential oil. For example, if you are getting the cold or flu the first thing to take is Thieves and oregano internally. If you cannot sleep you can take a capsule of lavender or vetiver. In the kitchen, if you are cooking and do not happen to have the fresh lemon in your fridge, you grab your therapeutic grade lemon essential oil and keep on cooking. I, as well as my kids, and now many of my patients, take therapeutic grade essential oils daily.