Your pet will benefit from Aromatherapy at Tucked Inn Kennels!
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. For decades, if not centuries, this has been an important part of everyday life for many people, and we have extended its use to our furry guests!
A natural and safe option for dogs, aromatherapy works via the senses and since your dog’s nose is much more sensitive to smell than yours, it’s not surprising that this form of holistic therapy is gaining popularity amongst pet owners.
The aromatic molecules of the essentials oils that we use at Tucked Inn Kennels enters the nasal cavity, sinuses and lungs of our guests, and are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Essential oils are also considered to possess “vibrational energy” – this is believed to have a positive healing effect on the emotional states of the body and mind.
Although there are hundreds of essential oils available, all of which can have different effects on dogs, we have chosen to use lavender and eucalyptus
Lavender is considered to have a variety of benefits for dogs, and is especially noted for the following properties:
- Calming, sedative action: It is an excellent oil to help calm dogs that are fearful, agitated, hyperactive or anxious.
- Flea and tick control: Although it doesn’t kill fleas and ticks, it can be useful in helping to repel them.
- Skin therapy: It can help to provide some relief when applied to dry, itchy skin.
- Fragrance: In addition to its medicinal benefits, its fragrance makes for an effective way to control pet odor.
Eucalyptus is also very widely used for its numerous benefits, and is especially noted for the following properties:
Flea control: Like lavender, this can help to repel these parasites.
- Skin therapy: It can be useful to help soothe skin after insect bites, stings, and skin rashes.
- Antiseptic qualities: Its disinfectant properties can be useful for skin problems and also when cleaning bedding.
- Respiratory therapy: Its inhalant properties help to combat respiratory problems such as sinus infections and bronchitis.
- Fragrance: Eucalyptus can also be very effective against pet odor.
How We Use The Oils
We use eucalyptus oils in our cleaning solutions for our main facility, and lavender oils via Lamp Berger products for diffusion within the building. We can also offer direct application to your pet for an effective treatment for flea and tick control. We do not use any method of direct application of concentrated oils without our pet owners’ consent. By adding a drop of the oil to the back of your dog’s neck, and a drop to the base of the tail, it helps to repel pests and adds to the effectiveness of the benefits noted above.
We also add lavender drops to our laundry when washing our bedding to aid in bed freshening!
We can also dilute the oils, for milder complaints or for initial introduction to the essential oils themselves. Diluted solutions can also be sprayed on your dog’s skin for flea and tick control, skin healing, or relaxation.
We do not use essential oils as an inhalant, although this is a common practice. We also never give essential oils by mouth or in food, they are never applied to open skin wounds and we do not use them on pregnant or nursing animals. And we only use certified organic (where available), 100% pure, and therapeutic grade essential oils.