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It's National Puppy Day!! And to celebrate, I thought I'd touch on a subject that seems to be popping up a little more frequently: Are Essential Oils Safe to be Used Around Dogs?
In short, YES! Fluff-Butt McFluffikins is not going to play dead for 'realzies' with a drop of lavender running through your home. Essential oils have actually been shown to be beneficial for Canines and Equines. However, as with many things, the key is small doses and having factual information.
It's important to note, dogs and horses are able to metabolize most inhaled and topically applied essential oils. Cats, lizards, birds, fish & rodents cannot. Their body makeup is entirely different, which is why aromatherapy is not recommended for these little critters. However, that doesn't mean you have to eliminate all essential oils from your home. It simply means that you need to take some steps to ensure proper safety when using them. Here's some key points.
Anise, Birch, Bitter Almond, Boldo, Calamus, Camphor, Cassia, Chenopodium, Clove, Garlic, Goosefoot, Horseradish, Hyssop, Juniper, Mugwort, Mustard, Oregano, Pennyroyal, Thyme, Rue, Santalina, Sassafras, Savory, Tansy, Terebinth, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormwood and Yarrow. - K. Leigh Bell, 2002
As long as you're modest and respectful with your oils and follow safety precautions, aromatherapy can benefit you and your little dog too! If you're looking to learn more about animals and aromatherapy, we highly recommend "Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals" by Kristen Leigh Bell, Master Animal Aromatherapist of 32 years. This book has been our guide for many years and is highly more credible than a blog.. *WInk*Wink*
We love our waggy-tail slaps and cold wet nose kisses, and we know you do to! If ever you have any doubt, please, always reach out to a vet before using any product on your fur-babies. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
I hope this has helped clear the air for any of our fur-parents! Happy International Puppy Day, Bubblers! Give your furry fluff-butts a pat from us!
Until next time, stay Bubbly <3