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As a dog owner I often wonder what is in the treatments and products which I use on my dog.
I am sure every owner feels this way at some stage, given the spotlight which is on products which we ourselves use I think we are far more aware of what is used in products nowadays.
There are thousands of products on the market aimed at our precious pooches, whether its the monthly flea and worming treatments or the dog shampoo (when you have a cocker spaniel who is very partial to rolling in anything this is an absolute must!) the enormous list of ingredients can be rather daunting.
Finding a natural alternative to these products was something that I was very interested in. Having researched thoroughly I found that essential oils were the perfect alternative.
Essential Oils help with a wide range of ailments that dogs suffer with such as arthritis, itchy skin, digestive problems, weak bladders, as a replacement flea treatment, the list really is endless. Essential Oils can even be used to help with behavioural and training problems.
The area which interested me the most was how I could use an essential oil as a replacement flea treatment and to also help with my doggy’s digestion as he is treats my shoe collection as a running buffet and pebbles as an appetiser!
In terms of flea control, adding a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a carrier oil and rubbing it over your dog can prevent fleas – or you can add a few drops of lavender oil to a gentle shampoo if you prefer. Not only does the Lavender deter the fleas it also relaxes and soothes your pooch.
Whether its a case of trouble with digestion, loss of appetite or constipation there are several essential oils which can help, peppermint oil, ginger oil, tarragon oil or lemongrass oil are the best for doggy digestion trouble.
The uses for essential oils on dogs is endless! Not only is it completely safe for our doggy’s it is 100% natural. So instead of using products with chemicals in there is finally a natural alternative that works and smells wonderful.