Dogs have 40 times more scent receptors than humans, allowing them to identify smells up to 100,000 times better than us. With their incredible noses, and because their world revolves around scent, aromatherapy can be used with dogs. Keep reading to learn about how to use Farm to Aromatherapy products to help your dog and also how to keep your dog safe when using these products.
Aromatherapy for Dogs and Dog Owners
Over the last few years, the number of dog owners who consider aromatherapy as an added treatment for canine well-being has grown significantly. We recommend asking your veterinarian before using any essential oils around your dog or other pets. Safety and effectiveness can vary from dog to dog and pet to pet, so always ask your veterinarian to be sure you are doing what is best for your pet.
One of the top benefits of aromatherapy for dogs is for stress relief purposes. It can be hard to calm an anxious dog. Whether it be a thunderstorm, fireworks, or any other common source of stress, your dog may be scared with little you can do to help calm them. Put a couple drops of Farm to Aromatherapy’s Lavender Essential Oil in your diffuser with water to help relieve that stress your pooch is feeling. Remember to only add a small amount of lavender to the diffuser! Your dog’s nose is significantly more sensitive than yours, so what you find pleasant they may find overpowering.
Farm to Aromatherapy room mists are great for covering up pet smells in rooms and on soft surfaces, but be sure not to get any of the product on your dogs. Remember that our aromatherapy system is not designed for topical use, on you or your pets. If you do accidentally get some of the product on your dog’s fur or skin, contact your vet immediately.
Safety Tips for Aromatherapy Around Dogs
Of course, it is important to make sure your canine friend is safe while you use your Farm to Aromatherapy products.
- Always ensure that you keep open flames and bottles out of reach of pets and children.
- Talk to your vet about essential oils before using them around your pet.
- DO NOT run your mist diffuser for more than 2 hours at a time around your pet.
- If your pet ingests any products or gets essential oils on their fur or skin, contact your vet immediately
The AKC notes that cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree, wintergreen, and ylang ylang essential oils are all potentially poisonous for dogs. DO NOT let your dog ingest these oils or get them on their fur or skin.
A happy and healthy dog brings peace of mind to pet parents. An added benefit is that the lavender that calms your dog will have the same effect on you! We would love to see your four-legged friends, so tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and let us know how you use aromatherapy for your dog.