Dogs can have allergic reactions just like humans if their immune systems start recognizing some allergens or substances as dangerous. Although these allergens are not harmful to most animals and can be found in most environments, some dogs could have strong reactions to them, causing various allergic symptoms:
Itchy tail and back
Snoring as a result of an inflamed throat
Essential Oils for Dog Allergies
This is certainly the essential oil you need for your dog. It has various beneficial properties: antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-anxiety, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and more. This is the oil to use when your dog feels uncomfortable and you still can't figure out what is the cause.
It is also a nice oil to use in treating ear infections and skin-related problems of dogs resulted from allergies. Unlike tea tree oil which is poisonous to dogs, niaouli is very safe to use. It contains antihistamine and other antibacterial properties, which can give your dog an instant relief.
There are many different varieties of marjoram, of which sweet marjoram essential oil is the right one to use. Apart from its antibacterial property, it also helps to calm and relax the muscles. Sweet marjoram is mainly used for treatment of skin infections and wound care, which also works great for your dog.
This is one of the most effective essential oils for dog allergies. It is used for treating irritations and skin conditions like eczema. It also offers pain relief with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
This flower was originated in Germany, and it is often taken as a soothing tea to help calm the body. The oil from this flower is used for treating allergic reactions, burns, and skin irritations. Chamomile is also not poisonous and can be used for dogs.
This essential oil can be administered either topically or orally, and it is often used to treat allergies because of its antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is very good for treating allergic reactions that cause respiratory or digestive problems.
This oil is a natural antihistamine, which can be used to relieve excessive mucus and inflammation that caused by allergic reactions. It is safe, and works great for dogs and cats. For a better result, you can combine it with lavender and peppermint oils.
Other Essential Oils
Myrrh: Myrrh oil contains antiseptic, astringent, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used topically for the treatment of allergies of dogs.
Elemi: Elemi contains anti-infectious and antiseptic properties. It can be used topically or orally in treating allergies.
Mountain savory, oregano, and clove: These oils help to boost the immune system for the prevention and treatment of allergies. It can be used topically, orally, or by adding it to a diffuser.
How to Use Essential Oils for Dog Allergies
Use Quality Oils
Make sure you choose oils that will help improve the conditions of your dog. Only go for therapeutic-grade oils, because other types contain chemicals and solvents, which can be harmful to your dog. Do not be tempted by the price of the inferior ones which may cause serious conditions such as clogs in liver.
The strength of these essential oils is usually determined by the human body, and it equals about a 100-pound dog. So it is advisable to dilute and restrain these oils to make sure they won't do harm to your dog. Always use base oils like olive oil to dilute essential oils. Never use water to mix essential oils, because oils can't be mixed with water, and this can also irritate your dog's skin.
Apply Essential Oils
Essential oils can be applied on dogs in three ways:
Aromatically: Essential oils can be aromatically applied on dogs by putting just a drop on their beds or on their collars. You can also put some drops in base oil and then spray their fur.
Topically. Essential oils can be used on the toes, ears, or spines of dogs. These oils can be applied directly on the dog’s body, but be careful to make sure the essential oils do not enter their eyes and other sensitive parts like the genital areas.
Internally. This can be done by putting the oil in an empty capsule or in their food if they can stand the smell. Only one drop is recommended for this method.
Other Tips for Dog Allergies
Except for essential oils for dog allergies, the following ways can be used to help your allergic dogs:
Give your dog baths regularly.
Clean your dog’s paws after going out to remove allergens.
Avoid using products that you have noticed are allergic to your dog.
Seek advice from vet dermatologists.
Use omega-3 or biotin to reduce itching.