|Posted by Andrea Flanagan on April 19, 2016 at 2:20 AM||comments (0)|
When your beloved 4 legged companion needs surgery it is always a stressful time not just for us humans but for our pet too. Yes dogs do tend to bounce back a lot quicker then we do but they can come home still groggy from the anaesthetic and feeling sore and tender especially if stitches are required.
To make things even more uncomfortable they may return wearing the ‘cone head’ (Elizabethan collar) and watch the back of your legs as it can be a lethal weapon that your dog seems to find great pleasure in running into you constantly with .
During the first night try some essential oils of roman chamomile and lavender as these oils will help your dog settle down and get some peaceful sleep. Just apply 2 drops of each oil to a cotton pad and let your dog sniff. The usual reaction is to start licking the air with their tongue (see pic) and if able they may even roll onto their back. This is a positive reaction and your dog is accepting the oils and will get relief from them. If they show no interest then do not pursue as they do not require assistance. Try using these essential oils with your dog for the few nights and once they start to show no interest stop using.
Dogs are known for their sensitive noses and when in the wild will sniff out native herbs and foliage to assist with any ailments they may be suffering from. They know what they want so never force essential oils on your dog as it will create more stress which is what we are trying to avoid in the first place.
If your dog is suffering nausea from the anaesthetic try some drops of ginger essential oil on a cotton pad and see if they are receptive. ALWAYS contact your vet if the nausea continues for an unreasonable amount of time or they start vomiting blood as there may be an underlying cause that needs urgent medical attention.
Just some extra loving kindness with essential oils will help bring some much needed peace for your furry friend and for you
|Posted by Andrea Flanagan on April 1, 2016 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
I love the holiday season for celebrating with family and friends. But with all the partying and good times we forget the effect loud noises, especially fireworks, can have on our family pets. That's where aromatherapy can work wonders in calming your dog by helping to ease the anxiety and make the night a more positive experience. Start the night by ensuring your dog is in a secure environment, preferably inside where there is no chance of escaping. The best place in the house would be your laundry especially if this is the place they would normally sleep, so make their pet bed comfortable and spray a spritzer, made up of essential oils and water, over the bedding. . Talking to your dog before leaving by reassuring him that all is well and that you will be returning can also help to ease his fears. Do not fuss too much or promote a sense of worry as your dog will pick up on this and start to feel anxious. Prior to leaving give your dog a gentle massage with lavender essential oil by applying it to the tips of ears, chest and tummy but avoid the eyes and mouth. This will help your dog to relax and ease any separation anxiety he may be starting to feel. Make sure there is fresh water available and if he has already eaten the main meal leave a favourite treat that will take his attention away from you leaving and keep him amused for a period of time. Also leaving a radio on in the house or near the laundry will help to mask the noise from fireworks or neighboring parties and leave the light on so he feels safe and comfortable in his environment. By applying the above techniques and providing a safe environment for your family dog you can enjoy bringing in the New Year confident all is well back at home and your dog is a "Carma Critta".
|Posted by Andrea Flanagan on March 29, 2016 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
It’s that time of year again when the sound of scratching and moaning begins and for some dogs it becomes a red raw and sore situation with flea allergies. Although chemical treatments that you administer direct to the dogs skin are a quick-fix, the damage they do has adverse affects on your dog’s health and if you knew the chemicals that are in these products you wouldn’t go near them. Natural flea control is effective as long as you are persistent and use a holistic approach.
A holistic approach to flea control includes not only attending to your dog’s coat but what you feed him and the bedding that he sleeps on. Raw meat is always best and combined with an Omega 3 & 6 supplement as well as a blend of garlic and brewers yeast and those fleas will run for the hills – or someone else’s dog! It will also improve your dog’s breath and overall well-being. Weekly washing with a chemical free, natural dog shampoo will not dry out your dog’s skin and will leave a soft and shiny coat that’s a pleasure to cuddle. Along with the weekly dog wash also clean the environment they live in. Wash the blankets with a chemical free powder (preferably), dry in the sun and then give it a spray with some tea tree oil and lavender (you can also add this to the wash to kill the eggs) and your dog will not only be ‘flea free’ but sleep like a baby. Vacuum the carpets around the house and all the areas the dog frequents including the car (this too can have a tea tree and lavender spritz) and make sure you empty the vacuum at the end in the bin so no eggs left to hatch.
If you clean your house on a weekly basis why not include the dog as part of that routine during flea season? You will have a happy and healthy loving companion who will be sure to show his or her appreciation with lots of tail wagging!