Does your pooch pace or hide during storms, appear unsettled when driving in the car, or act up when left home alone? Maybe he begins drooling when company comes over or gets nervous around other dogs. Whatever the case, you’re not alone! Anxiety in dogs is more common than you may think. The good news? There are a few natural solutions that have been proven to help calm an anxious dog. One powerful remedy: Aromatherapy!
Since a canine’s sense of smell is way more powerful than ours (their nose is anywhere from 10,000-100,000 times more sensitive than humans), it may come as no surprise that they’re easily affected by scents. When used correctly, essential oils have been linked to a wide range of benefits. Depending on the oil, they include anxiety relief, reduced stress, skin support, digestive support, natural bug repellant, and much more.
But, before you start rubbing random oils onto your pooch, there are some things you need to know. For example:
Essential oils are extremely concentrated and must be diluted with a carrier oil (like coconut or olive oil) before applying them to your dog’s skin.
You can over-do it with oils.
There are different grades of essential oils – only use therapeutic grade oils.
Not all essential oils are safe for dogs.
Different animal species process and react differently to essential oils. Read up and ask your vet about species-specific differences before using oils.
That’s why it’s nice to use a bottle that’s already pre-formulated for dogs. Enter: Calm Gold by Omega Pet.
This organic and all-natural calming serum is meant to relieve pet anxiety. You simply apply a dime-size amount onto your hands and gently massage the formula onto your pup’s body, targeting the back of his ears, shoulders, and belly. Trust me, a little goes a long way!
The Essential Oils in Calm Gold
Lavender Oil – This popular fragrance is well known for its ability to promote calmness and reduce stress. Not only in humans, but in canines as well. The effects were put to the test in 2006 during a clinical study that examined 32 dogs with a history of travel-induced excitement. First, the dogs went for a ride in cars where no scents were added. Then, they took a second ride and, this time, the dogs were exposed to the ambient odor of lavender. The results? Dogs spent significantly more time resting and sitting and less time moving and vocalizing when exposed to the lavender scent. Along with its calming benefits, lavender is said to help repel mosquitoes. Egyptian Geranium Oil – This is another oil that is linked to easing anxiety and promoting an overall improved mood. It’s also considered an antimicrobial and anti-fungal agent, meaning it helps to fight off infections. Additionally, it’s a natural flea repellant! Chamomile Extract – Chamomile touts a whole lot of goodness for dogs. Since chamomile contains chemicals that can relax muscles, it’s considered a wonderful natural anxiety reliever. Rub a little on your pet’s tummy to also help relax muscles in the stomach and ease gastrointestinal upset. Plus, it contains anti-microbial properties that are linked to healing skin irritations and reducing inflammation.
Other Active Ingredients In Calm Gold
Olive Oil – Remember earlier when I talked about the importance of pairing essential oils with a carrier oil? Well, in this product, olive oil is the featured carrier oil. Using olive oil as the base also gives this serum a thick and somewhat tacky texture. Glycerin – This compound is found in many skin care products and helps to moisturize the skin.