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29 July 2015 - 5:52 am
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I am researching all kinds of stuff to try to keep Tanner healthy (Eric has been checking him for lumps practically daily), and I've come across some information on essential oils (mostly for people). Has anyone used essential oils on dogs? I know there are some that definitely can't be used. I am looking to start taking Tanner to a holistic vet (who actually works in the same vet office and with the oncologist we used for both Jake and Roscoe), and it's one of the questions I want to go over with her but I wanted to see if anyone here had any experience with them? 

I became really sold on holistic medicine when my daughter came down with the flu. The doc gave her theraflu and I read horrible stuff about it (Plus the doc said it hadn't been helping) so I didn't want to give it to her. We have a friend who is Japanese and into holistic remedies and he gave us a simple recipe (a cup of broth containing as much tumeric, fresh garlic and cayenne as you can stand). We gave it to her a few times and within 24 hours her symptoms were practically gone. Both myself and Eric have used this recipe too and it has always helped. So I've been looking into holistic health for us pretty much since. When Roscoe passed away, it really kicked me into high gear. 

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29 July 2015 - 5:23 pm
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Elizabeth-  My niece recently got me interested in using essentials oils.  When Lucy had kennel cough we tried Homeopet cough which seemed to help and then we tried peppermint essential oil.  Any oils used on pets need to be diluted in a carrier oil.  I found a lot of information on Pinterest and also Young Living essential oils.  

I'm certainly interested in what others have used and would love to try more.  

Good luck!

Mary, Lucy's mom

Lucy's front right leg was amputated 12/19/11. Thankfully there was no tumor, but her nerves were found to be degenerative.  Life as a tripawd is Lucy's new adventure!!

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29 July 2015 - 6:34 pm
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I had a great vet that used many holistic approaches to treatment, from occupuncture and Reike to homeopathic tinctures etc.  He was the most awesome vet, but he has passed.  I do not believe we used any essential oils during the treatment of my bernese mix that had bone cancer.  We got 6 good quality months more than I was told we would get.  I sure wish he were still around to give me advice on Cin.

I would suggest finding the vet that you have confidence in, and asking lots of questions.

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29 July 2015 - 8:57 pm
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I am just getting into essential oils with Young living.  I am learning right now.  I am planning on asking a lot of questions I know that you can give a lot of them but some need to be diluted with the carrier oil like coconut oil.   Maybe we can all share info we find out.  I know there are some essential oils you can mix to make flea, tick & mosquito sprays with.



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30 July 2015 - 10:32 am
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Great question! Yes there are ways to use them on dogs but you have to know which ones are safe and which ones are not so safe. We've written about it here:

Discover the Natural Health Benefits of Essential Oils for Dogs, Cats and Horses

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