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Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

If you’re into essential oils, you probably know all the wonderful benefits they have, and how to use them to reap those benefits. But, did you know that they can also significantly benefit your dog as well?! Using essential oils for dogs can offer a natural, holistic alternative to some of the most common and severe symptoms that dogs get.

In order to get a better understanding of exactly how to use essential oils for dogs, I teamed up with Orange County heath and wellness professional, Dr. Nikki Knight. Together, we determined the Top 10 Ways To Use Essential Oils For Dogs, based on the most common dog problems, such as anxiety, inflammation, fleas, and allergies. And here to help us demonstrate is her fluffy fur baby (and one of my best friends), Chewie!

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Dr. Nikki KnightDr. Nikki Knight is a family nurse practitioner with an expertise in essential oils. She has dedicated the past 5 years to essential oil research and implements them into her nursing practice as well as her home.

She currently works and lives in Southern California and is a mom to three (2 humans and a pup). Credentials: Nikki Knight, DNP, APRN, FNP.

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What Are Essential Oils?

  • Natural aromatic compounds found in plants.

  • Extracted by steam distillation or cold-pressing.

  • Powerful and safe, without side effects.

  • 50-70x more powerful than herbs.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

Top 10 Ways To Use Essential Oils for Dogs

  1. Frankincense: Anxiety, Colitis, Inflammation, Infections, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Tumors, Warts

  2. Lavender: Abscesses, Anxiety, Allergies, Burns, Conjunctivitis, Inflammation, Tumors, Vertigo, Wound Care

  3. Lemon: Anxiety, Electrolyte Balance, Immune Boost, Infections, Lymph Function, Claw Strength

  4. Oregano: Bronchitis, Colds, Infections, MRSA, Ringworm, Strep, Staph

  5. Peppermint: Asthma, Bronchitis, Diarrhea, Fever, Heatstroke, Inflammation, Muscle Pain, Ulcers

  6. Calming Blend: Anxiety, Burns, Inflammation, Wound Care

  7. Digestive Blend: Allergies, Diarrhea, Digestive parasites, Ulcers, Vomiting

  8. Protective Blend: Abscesses, Colds, Flu, Immune Support, MRSA, Oral health, parasites, Spider Bites

  9. Respiratory Blend: Asthma, Allergies, Colds, Heatstroke, Kennel Cough

  10. Flea Repellent – In a 16oz spray bottle, put 4-6 drops of Rosemary and 4-6 drops of Cleansing Blend; fill remainder of bottle with water. Lightly spray dog, avoiding the eyes. Reapply as needed for flea prevention.

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How To Apply Essentials Oils To Your Dog

  1. Aromatic – dilute in an oil diffuser for mood management, air purification, and/or opening airways.

  2. Topical – spray or massage on localized areas for immediate comfort and/or immune support.

  3. Internal –  Mix with food or dilute in water for digestive support, or problems with the mouth, throat, or liver.

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Tips For Using Essential Oils For Dogs

  1. Dogs tolerate oil well, but dogs vary greatly in size. Use tiny amounts of oil for sensitive skin, puppies, and toy breeds. Dilute with coconut oil if needed.

  2. Apply oils between toes and on the pad of the foot when doing foot application.

  3. The oils do not build up in systems like drugs do; reapply as needed.

  4. Avoid contact with eyes, flush with milk if needed.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

As an essential oil expert, Dr. Knight recommends doTERRA brand oils. When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Check out their website at doTERRA.com.

To purchase essential oils for your dog, visit doTERRA.com or contact Dr. Nikki Knight directly.

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