That’s what one aromatherapy practitioner from Minnesota, US, set out to discover.
After working in an animal rescue home and seeing first-hand the levels of physical and mental distress some animals endure, Amy Delong decided to experiment with complimentary therapy, which she had been using on herself for more than 15 years.
Delong used lavander, sweet markoram, pettigrain, mandarin, tea tree and a whole host of other plants and herbs to treat wounds, ear infections, muscular injuries, arthritis and even anxiety in her furry patients.
“Since they’re plant-based they are all contributing something different,” she said. “Dogs will respond more because their scent is so much stronger – less is more.”
The animal-lover took her investigations to a new level when she set up ‘Moving Spirits’, a holistic healthcare service for animals. She then used her clinic as a platform to teach others the skills and techniques needed to administer treatments on animals correctly.
Aromatherapy oils can be applied to dogs in a number of different ways:
1. Rub the oil into the dog’s coat.
2. Apply directly to the inside of the dog’s ears or at the base of their paws.
3. Diffuse oils into the air to encourage inhalation.
Delong recommends letting the dog ‘choose’ the oil they want by letting them sniff the scent first. Apparently, dogs often know instinctively which plants and herbs are going to help them.
According to Delong, more and more pet-owners are opting for complementary therapy over traditional medication from a vet.
“I’ve seen what aromatherapy and alternatives can do for people,” she said. “My animals right now are all grieving and struggling with anxiety, so something like this allows me to support them because I don’t understand what they’re saying.”
Although complementary therapy can be beneficial for humans, its effects on animals are largely unknown and you are advised to always consult an expert if you think your pet is ill.
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