Aromatherapy offers a safe and effective relief for dogs suffering from anxieties. When tiny particles of essential oils, flower essences or pheromones are inhaled, they are absorbed by your dog's mucous membranes. They enter his brain, his bloodstream and his nervous system. Your dog becomes more calm and more relaxed as psychological and physiological effects occur.
Common Causes and Indications of Anxiety
Many situations can create anxiety for your dog. Separation anxiety often results in destructive behavior. Some dogs are afraid of loud noises, and others are anxious around small children, or nervous around brooms, canes and walking sticks. Your dog may follow you, getting underfoot or be afraid to leave your side when he's anxious and frightened. Pacing, panting and trembling are signs your pet is suffering from anxiety. He also may hide, and some dogs will attempt to dig their way out of a room or a yard when they panic.
Essential oils are made from aromatic bark, flowers, leaves and roots. The medicinal essences are steam distilled from the plants, creating highly concentrated aromatic oils that can enhance the calming and healing abilities of animals and humans. Use a diffuser, or place a few drops of essential oils on your pet's bedding or crate pad, or on a cotton ball located near your pet. Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, sweet marjoram, sweet orange, vetiver and ylang ylang are relaxing anti-anxiety herbs that are safe for dogs.
Flower essences are extracts of organic flowers that are infused with alcohol. A sun tea is made from the medicinal flowers and spring water. The flower tea is then blended with brandy to create a tincture. The tincture is then diluted with spring water, resulting in flower essences that can ease your pet's anxieties and restore his emotional balance. Flower essences can be applied topically, given orally, or diffused into the air.
Pheromones are hormones that are produced naturally and create a good feeling response in others of the same species. Dog appeasing pheromones are available in pet stores. Use a diffuser to release the pheromone particles in the area of your home that's frequented by your dog. Pheromones used in aromatherapy are an effective way to relieve your dog's stress and anxieties.
Karen Mihaylo has been a writer since 2009. She has been a professional dog groomer since 1982 and is certified in canine massage therapy. Mihaylo holds an associate degree in human services from Delaware Technical and Community College.