I can't believe this is the first blog post about Mr. Felix! He's the centre of the family if you ask him but don't tell the cat that! However the last week has been all about Felix as he went in for surgery last Thursday. He had a broken tooth and needed an extraction and while under anesthetic, he had a dental clean too. One extraction, however, turned into 3, so we had a poorly dude afterwards. Loaded with pain medications I got ready for a couple of days of looking after him day and night.
We got home around 6pm and no surprise Felix was tired. I got his dinner ready with his pain medications as prescribed by the vet. He wasn't allowed any exercise so afterwards I got one of our pet travel cages out, put his blanket inside with a blanket on top and because he was pacing around prior to this, I put a diffuser on with two blends of essential oils called Balance (the Grounding Blend) and Serenity (the Calming Blend).
Felix's favourite essential oil is Balance - now I hear you ask, how do I know? Before using essential oils on Felix, I ask his permission or in some cases which oil he prefers. Leave the cap on the bottle and let your dog sniff the bottle. If he/she turns their head straight away, it's a no. If however they keep sniffing, you got your yes. Felix will not leave the Balance bottle alone which is why I say it's his favourite.
Balance is a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile and fractionated coconut oil. The blend helps promote grounding feelings as well as helping you feel relaxed.
I added Serenity to the diffuser as well as it's another great blend for relaxation and has a calming aroma which would help Felix settle down and it worked great. I had the diffuser running an hour before bedtime too and he was more calm and settled down for the night quickly. He woke up twice during the night and I put the diffuser on for another hour and I found him quickly settling and falling back asleep again.
We continued this for the next couple of nights and it was a peace of mind that he got the rest he needed and felt relaxed, so he could recover without issues and without stressing about.
Not all essential oils can be used on dogs, so it's important to do some research before you start with your own dog. A dog's brain is only 1/10 the size of a human but the part which controls smells is 40 times larger than in humans. A dog's sense of smell is about 1,000 - 10,000,000 (depending on the breed) times more sensitive than a human's. A human has about 5 million scent receptors and a dog has anywhere between 125 million to 300 million!
So when using essential oils which are so potent, it's important not to overwhelm your dog. Never leave your dog alone in a room with a diffuser - you want them to be able to leave the area if they get overwhelmed by the aromas. Only use a couple of drops in the diffuser and if you are using the oils topical, it's very important to dilute the oils with an edible carrier oil.
Not all essential oils can be used on dogs and if your dog is prone to seizures, the list is longer. Some oils to avoid are: Wintergreen, Thyme, Clove, Oregano and Deep Blue. But there are so many you can use and it's great to have tools for minor things where a vet isn't needed but your dog isn't feeling at its best. Tummy problems, joint pain, repellent spray, support the immune system and help them be relaxed and settled like the ones I mentioned in this post; essential oils are great tools for your dog too. A great resource is My dog oiler where you can find recipes, info about dilution and usage. And of course you can ask us. We'd love to help out and share what we have used with Felix and if you want more info on essential oils in general, contact us for more info here.
Disclaimer: The info in this post are for educational purposes and provided only as information. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases and the use of essential oils are not to be replaced with medical/veterinarian care. Readers are advised to discus essential oil use with their medical advisor/vet.