Use Aromatherapy for Your Pet

Use aromatherapy for your pet

Aromatherapy is a well-known treatment for various human disorders. Traditionally it has been known that it helps people with mind and body problems, but it also gets a reputation for its effectiveness on pets.

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Pets, such as people, can suffer from many of the same medical conditions. Arthritis, for example, is a painful condition that can affect a Chihuahua in the same way as the 65-year-old owner.

Nobody likes to see their pet suffer. It can be heartbreaking because, for most pet owners, their four-legged friend is part of the family. Aromatherapy can be the non-intrusive, affordable remedy you need to make your pet feel better.

Although we may not be able to know the exact mindset of our pets, we do know that pets sometimes show anxiety when they feel afraid, intimidated or insecure about their environment.

These feelings can cause them to lose sleep and be on their toes, often snarling at those they love. Some pets will express their frustrations while others are silent, but their nervous conditions cause chunks of their fur to fall out. Aromatherapy can have a calming effect on your pet.

Hyperactivity is another condition that some pets may experience. Certain smells that are used to give a calming effect during aromatherapy can calm your pet to some extent and perform miracles when combined with positive training.

Some pets may benefit from adding aromatherapy to the medical treatments they receive from their veterinarians. Sometimes it helps the medical treatments work faster and the animal can calm down enough to perform these treatments without extreme fear and anxiety on them.

Before you start an aromatherapy program, you must teach yourself thoroughly. Although traditional aromatherapies are effective and safe for people, not all of them are recommended for pets.

Animals may be sensitive to some flavorings and the oils must be diluted before this therapy is applied to them. Consult your veterinarian about which oils can be used and how much they need to be diluted.

It is also important to know that oils are the best form for use in petaromatic therapy. Candles can easily be knocked over by the pet and they can even try to lick the hot liquid from the candle.

Dried potpourri flowers are also not recommended because the pet might try to eat them and they are not good for their digestion. Oils are the best form, but they must be removed far from the reach of the pet. Consult your veterinarian before you start an aromatherapy program for your pets.