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Throughout the year, it seems like the one problem my dog has, is to constantly scratch his itches ALL day long. I have tried many different sprays from local pet stores but they cost me an arm and a leg, and most of them were only sub-par and smelling of skin irritating ingredients. I am also very leery or buying products from any of the companies that sell aromatherapy products for pets because many of them say they are for use on dogs AND cats. It is not safe to use essential oils on any cats because they do not metabolize toxins the same way that humans and dogs do.
herbs and essential oils can be used on your dogs too!
When you are trying to heal many problems that arise for your hippy housepets (your cute pooches in this case), you can use many different healing herbs and essential oils just like you do with your human first aid kit! Dogs are extremely receptive to aromatherapy and herbalism, as long as you remember that they are smaller and built with much stronger noses.
When using essential oils or herbal remedies, it's important to use much smaller doses and less essential oils. All of my sprays in my shoppe are dosed appropriately for dogs noses and body sizes. To the human nose, the scent may be less fragrant, but to the dog's nose, it can be extremely fragrant. I usually like to think of dog dosing in the same sense as babies and toddlers. The doses are usually close to the same.
Healing from the inside out is the first step
Many American dogs find themselves with so many diseases and ailments because of their poor inner health. A large portion of the dog foods sold in grocery and pet stores contain all kinds of nasty fillers, GMO's, byproducts, corn, and toxic chemicals. Couple that with the lack of proper vitamins and minerals and exercise and just like humans, you end up seeing an immune system that can't keep up. In many cases, a change in diet and lifestyle is all that is needed to clear up a whole host of problems.
Hot spots, also known as moist eczema...
DIY Healing Hot Spot & Anti-Itch Spray For Dogs
- 4 Tbsp. witch hazel
- 2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable glycerin
- 1 Tbsp. hemp seed oil
- 2 drops geranium essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops Virginia cedarwood essential oil
- filtered water, to fill
- 8 oz. spray bottle
- Combine ingredients in an 8 oz. spray bottle.
Shake well before each use. Spray directly onto raw irritated hot spots. Repeat 1-4 times daily as needed. If your dog suffers from flea allergies, spray entire body daily as needed. Do not spray on your dog's face or near their eyes.