5 Natural Oils You Must Have In A Canine First-Aid Kit

5 Natural Oils You Must Have In A Canine First-Aid Kit

Last update: 29 April, 2018

More and more people decide to take their pets to a naturopathic doctor and treat them with homemade remedies. Here are the best natural oils to have in your dog’s first-aid kit. Of course he deserves the best!

Your dog’s first-aid kit

You already know your pet must be well-taken care of and treated accordingly. Perhaps, some people may think putting together a canine first-aid kit is a bit overboard. However, it can be useful for certain circumstances which require first-aid or even to prevent taking your pet to a veterinarian emergency clinic.

Ask your vet what oils are good for you dog

The experts recommend including the following elements in the canine first-aid kit:

  • Omega 3 supplements based on salmon, flax-seed, or primrose oil for hair problems.
  • Flax-seed, macadamia nut, jojoba oil, or clay green earth for skin problems.
  • Arnica, horsetail, or devil’s claw for joint pain.
  • Hawthorn, valerian, passionflower, sandalwood, or incense for behavioral problems, fear, anxiety, or nerves.
  • Flaxseed, chamomile, green nettle, or horsetail for mite or food allergies.
  • Aloe vera for insect bites.
  • Coneflower or basil for strengthening defenses.
  • Manuka honey for burns or superficial wounds.
  • Fennel, seaweed, kettle, or green clay  soil for dental plaque and bad breath.

Essential oils for dogs

This thousand-year-old therapy provides many benefits for people’s health. Since a long time ago, specialists have prescribed and recommended oil treatment for animals. Pet owners can put together a first-aid kit for dogs which include natural oils. Below are the best options:

1. Mint oil

It is a digestive stimulant that reduces pain caused by overeating or eating spoiled food. Additionally, this is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oil. It is good for respiratory problems, and acts as a natural energizer. For example, it is used on athletic or work dogs. It should not be applied around the eyes, nose, or on open wounds.

2. Lavender

It’s mostly used on people and animals in naturopathic medicine. It contains analgesic and healing properties can be used on cuts, burns, minor skin irritations and scrapes. Regarding its affects on “emotions”, it’s helpful for sleeping and relaxation. It’s good to take before going on a long road trip.

3. Chamomile

It’s another powerful relaxant for reducing fear and anxiety. You can use it to calm your dog down during Christmas parties. On an organic level, it is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. It regenerates the skin, and treats moderate pain or bruises.

4. Tea tree

A dog getting vaccinated

Making sure of the oil’s purity is important because otherwise it can be toxic for dogs. It has anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties; therefore, it’s perfect for your dog’s first-aid kit. Only use it based on your vet instructions.

5. Mandarine

Don’t use this citric oil cannot on hairless areas (for example, the stomach), because contact with the sun causes irritation. The pleasant aroma mentally relaxes the dog making him feel peaceful. You can also use it to relieve digestive problems, fight against depression, stimulate the immune system, and detoxify the liver.

It is important to know whether or not the animal suffers from a serious disease. If so, he must be taken to a veterinarian specialist to get proper treatment. Self-medicating is never a good idea for puppies and pregnant dogs, even if you are 100% sure of knowing what the problem is. 

You can try one of these homemade canine remedies. They can be used as a supplement to a medication or conventional treatment. Always get informed about the side effects for each essential oil and prescription. Nevertheless, don’t forget how important your dog’s first-aid kit is.

The contents of My Animals are written for informational purposes. They can't replace the diagnosis, advice, or treatment from a professional. In the case of any doubt, it's best to consult a trusted specialist.