Maintaining good health in dog sled race breeds is every caring owner’s first priority. As people look to holistic methods of staying healthy, dog owners have begun to realize the potential that could have for their race dogs. One such method that is being explored is the use of essential oils to heal and promote good health.
Essential oils have a wide range of medicinal uses that could be useful for a sled dog. These pups are exposed to the cold, making them susceptible to many infections and diseases. If you see your pup looking down, and scratching at his ear, he could be suffering from an ear infection. Dog sled owners have starting use essential lavender oil mixed with melaleuca and geranium to treat ear infections in their dogs. This has proven to be a great natural cure without the traumatic trip to the vet.
Lavender is also a good antiseptic for wound care for pets. Applied with a cotton ball, you will destroy bacteria and promote healing. Helichrysum can be used if the bleeding is heavy, and frankincense if the infection gets worse. Ginger and rosemary essential oils also work at keeping swelling down.
To support overall health in the dog you can create your own capsules consisting of lavender, lemon and peppermint. This will help to build their immune system and keep them healthy.
For use on pets, essential oils should always be diluted with another benign oil such as coconut. You can also use them in scientifically proven methods such as high quality diffusers that spray only small amounts into the air. Make sure you stay far away from the nose, mouth, eyes and genitals. While most essential oils are perfectly safe, some can be irritating on contact for dogs.
If you have a sled dog that is unusually active and rowdy, you can put oils such as lavender where he sleeps. Most can also be applied topically as well, especially after a bath. Just be cautious about the facial area.
Mushers main concern is the health of their teams. Looking for natural ways to accomplish this is not only better for the dogs, it is cost effective. Imagine the savings between a vet visit for a common ear infection and applying essential oil drops to the ears three times a day.
Other natural methods for keeping a dog healthy include incorporating organic foods into the diet. Eliminating the chemicals and steroids found in typical food is going to make a huge difference.
The next time you participate in a dog sled race, consider the hard work these loving animals are doing for you. Show your appreciation for that by finding natural essential oils and healthy foods that keep them feeling great.