Arthritis Treatment For Dogs: Holistic DIY

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Arthritis Treatment For Dogs

If you're anything like me, you love using essential oils (EO). I'm often in the kitchen making all sorts of concoctions from bath salts to sugar scrubs. Yes, I relish adding the essential oils to the mix and enjoy the soothing aroma and benefits. This got me thinking about EO's and wanted to try some with Keira because her arthritis tends to kick in out of nowhere. I searched until I found an arthritis treatment for dogs that passed muster.

Buyer Beware

Using essential oils with your dog isn't as easy as you think. They're some oils that we should never use with animals. This list is not exhaustive so be sure and double check before you use EO's on your dog. I'm so thankful I had researched EO's before making this recipe for arthritis treatment for dogs because I would have used an ingredient I wasn't comfortable with using.
  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Leaf/Bud
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Juniper
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Yarrow
Dog's obviously can't talk, but they certainly do communicate to us so watch your dog closely for excessive scratching, sniffing, whining or nervousness. These are all signs that the EO may be bothering your furry friend. Don't use any oils on puppies under ten weeks old to be on the safe side. If you want to use essential oils with your pup hydrosols are a much better choice. Make sure you gradually introduce the oils over time. Finally, what's good for a large dog is not okay for a small dog. In this instance, size matters and less is more when working with oils.

Essential Oils For Dogs

There are numerous EO that is healthy for dogs, and again, this list is not exhaustive and further research should be done to make sure you are using a safe dog oil. I found a recipe that was dog-friendly but used rosemary. After researching arthritis treatment for dogs, I decided not to use this ingredient.
  • Cedarwood Atlas,
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Ravensare
  • Rosa
  • Valerian
Keep in mind that dogs are more sensitive to EO than we are. Because of this be sure to dilute the oils and use in moderation. Please take special care not to get oil in your dog's eyes. You can apply oils to yourself to introduce your dog to the scent which helps get them comfortable before you use it on Fido.

Where to Apply Essential Oils

Once your dog is used to smelling essential oils on you, she will respond well to topical application. For our furry friends a perfect place to start applying in on their paws. For our arthritis treatment for dogs, we will use it on our hands and massage the oil onto the muscles.

Arthritis Treatment For Dogs

This recipe relaxes Keira, and when finished with her massage, she is a refreshed pup. The number of drops is approximate, but I do faithfully use coconut oil mainly because of the added medicinal qualities.

Arthritis Treatment For Dogs

  • Lavender Oil is known for its calming effect and is very soothing. Dog's typically like the smell and is known for its healing properties.
  • Ginger Oil is an amazing oil and used for many anti-inflammatory problems including pain management and arthritis.
  • Frankincense Oil is key to reducing inflammation in joints and muscles and has been cited to prevent the breakdown in cartridge tissue. These oils use is common for pain reduction for muscles, joints, and tendons.

Arthritis Treatment for dogs

  When massaging the lotion, be sure and get the oil onto the affected joints by working through Fido's coat and rubbing into the skin. Rub in a rhythmic movement and cover the entire leg or affected limb. Enjoy this time with your loved one. When they are finished, you're finished. Listen to your dog, she will tell you when enough is enough. Have you used Essential Oils on you pet before? I'd love to hear about your experiences with essential oils.

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  • It looks like you did some great research and this could make a huge difference from some dogs. I don’t have any experience with essential oils, but I know a lot of people have used them with positive results.

    Beth Patterson on
  • It can be confusing because there are so many options out there. One can never be careful enough!

    Maureen Lake on
  • Thanks, Beth I started to use them myself and my family with some good results so wanted to research their use with dogs.

    Maureen Lake on
  • We are using a hotspot treatment with essential oils. Love it so far, but it is nice to see a list of ones to avoid. It can be such a confusing area!

    Carleen on
  • This is such a great resource for dog parents with arthritic dogs. I love that you choose coconut oil as a carrier. Pinning this for future reference, thank you ?

    Jane on

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