Dogs Loss of Appetite and How Essential Oils May Help
Dog loss of appetite can be caused by various factors. It is important to find out the root cause for the problem in order to be able to address it successfully. Some common reasons for a dog’s loss of appetite include:
- Dog Stomach Problems
- Age (older dogs)
- Teething or Tooth Problems
- Emotional issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress
Consult with a Vet to find out the root cause of your dog’s loss of appetite to treat it correctly.
An essential oil that is great to reduce stress and anxious feelings and calm a dog is Lavender Essential Oil. The dog whisperer Cesar Millan uses Lavender essential oil to help dogs with emotional distress. Simply rub a drop of Lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands. Softly massage the dog’s ears, stroke along the spine, and down the tail.
The following oils are commonly used to increase appetite in dogs:
- Wild Orange
- Digestive Blend
Simply a blend diluted to your dog’s weight to its paw, so he/she can smell the oil. You can also apply the oil to your hands and gently rub your dog’s tummy.
Always keep in mind that essential oils are very powerful and a dog has a much greater sense of smell than humans. In general, dogs respond really well to essential oils but like with everything new, use caution. Let your dog smell the essential oil before you use it on him/her. Should your dog react adversely such as drooling, whining, leaving the room try to dilute the essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (the scent might have been too strong) or switch to a different type essential oil. Usually dogs will perk up and get excited when they smell something they like.
Dogs also differ very much in size. Make sure to dilute appropriately (read article on Using Essential Oils Safely with Dogs). Always consult with a holistic Vet or Certified Aromathearapist with questions about using essential oils safely with dogs.