Before using any oil on your Doggie, simply try holding a bottle of it in your hand with your furry friend friend in the same room. Allow the Doggie to approach the new item, but avoid letting them actually smell the bottle just yet. Remember that Doggies are scent-driven animals and have more acute sense of smell than humans. You don’t want to overwhelm them with too much too fast. If your Doggie seems okay with the scent, you can let them smell from the bottle. Give it a day or two and try it again, then move forward only if everything is okay. At that point, you can diffuse it in a room, adding a couple of drops to a diffuser, but do not apply it directly just yet. Post that you can choose from one of the below mentioned options which have been proven safe for Dogs.
1. Cedarwood Oil
Latin name for Cedarwood oil is Cedrus Atlanticaor deodara, which is best known for its ability to repel and kill pests like fleas. It also has a wide range of beneficial properties, including being an antiseptic for the lungs and an expectorant for coughs like a kennel cough. This oil is also good for resolving stiffness in dogs that commonly occurs with increasing age and helps with arthritis and back pain. Cedarwood oil may also help eliminate dandruff, strengthen kidney functions and can also be used to calm nervous aggression in dogs who need greater sense of inner security and in those that have separation issues.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavandula angustifolia, commonly known as Lavender Oil, is considered one of the most versatile essential oils. It creates a sense of peace and harmony and offers a calming effect on dogs and their humans too. This oil is soothing to the central nervous system, it can ease car ride anxiety and car sickness as well as help with allergies and insomnia. This is a good, safe oil to use anytime your dog is in a stressful situation, like a trip to the vet or when traveling, as well as during training in order to slow hyperactivity. Having this as your Car's perfume might also help.
3. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass oil is well-known to repel insects like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. It can also be used to kill fleas. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to water in a spray bottle, and then apply the spray to your pet’s coat and massage through. Not only will it keep those ticks and fleas away, it can also improve the condition of your dog’s skin.
4. Citronella Oil
Citronella oil is known for its insect-repelling abilities. Since it has a scent that overpowers even humans, just think about what it will do to your Doggie. When used in small amounts, it won’t overpower, yet the smell will still ward off insects. It can not only keep ticks and fleas away, but it’s been found to be very effective on a species of mosquito known as Aedes Aegypti whose bite causes the dreaded Yellow Fever. You can add 2 to 3 drops to water in a spray bottle and then massage it through your dog’s coat.
5. Spearmint Oil
Spearmint oil can help support weight loss in your dog and also address issues like diarrhoea and colic. It’s known to aid in balancing the metabolism and stimulating the bladder. When used in small amounts over the short term, it helps a wide range of gastrointestinal issues in Doggies.
Just like there are essential oils that help dogs in numerous ways there are some that can prove harmful to them. Some of the toxic essential oils are, Peppermint oil, Clove oil, Tea Tree oil, Thyme oil and Garlic oil.
Do note that you need to consult your vet in case anything does not seem right. Your dog might just be allergic to an ingredient that you just don't know yet. Always take the opinion of a vet in case of any confusion or issues.