A dog’s sense of smell is extremely powerful. Dogs have more than 300 million olfactory receptors compared to just 6 million in humans. That’s why dogs can be easily trained as bomb/drug/police dogs. Utilizing essential oils has shown to soothe anxiety and increase a state of calm in pets. Used as aromatherapy, directly on the skin, or ingested with food is still a fairly new phenomenon in the veterinary industry and remains controversial. Since I’m always seeking out new therapeutic modalities, especially that work complementary with traditional medicine, I’ve done exhaustive research on the topic and believe at this point, there is still much to be explored with regards to safety and efficacy when applied more invasively (directly on skin or by ingestion).
But certain high-grade essential oils used in diffusers are safe and have many benefits. Currently, we have chosen Young Living Essential Oils that are handpicked to be the safest and most suitable for pets. Lavender, for example, have subtle yet powerful calming/soothing effects on pets and people.