In this article, we will be taking a look at using various essential oils for dog skin allergies to help get your dog start feeling better in no time at all. Essential oils have been used for their various healing and restorative powers for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
There are three main ways to use essential oils, these are with a diffuser, in spray form, and as a topical treatment. Thankfully, each of these methods are easy to use but we will only be focusing on using them as a topical treatment.
Essential Oils For Dog Skin Allergies
As different brands use different strength oils, we always recommend that you dilute the oils as recomended on the label of the product you choose to use.
When used as a topical treatment, lavender oil has been shown to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. There are also additional tests that have shown it also has various anti-fungal and antihistamine properties making ideal to use as a treatment for skin allergies in your dog.
On the flipside, there are a very small number of dogs that have shown to actually be allergic to lavender oil. Although this is very rare and symptoms tended to be a red rash that faded quickly, we just wanted to make you aware.
Similar to lavender oil covered above, chamomile essential oil has shown various anti-infection, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties when used as a topical treatment.
There are a number of dog owners who have reported having success when using it on the areas of their dog’s skin that are itched the most. To a lesser degree, it has also been reported that some dog owners choose to use it as a topical treatment for any burns on their dog or any allergic reactions.
The oil of the Elemi tree native to the Philippines has proven to have a number of useful properties when wanting to use it as a way to treat skin problems in your dog.
The main ones we will be taking advantage of in this situation is its various anti-infectious and antiseptic properties. Now, we just want to point out that if your dog’s skin condition is from something other than an infection then Elemi essential oil may not be of any benefit to you as it has not shown any anti-inflammatory properties.
It is said that Myrrh was given to baby Jesus as a gift by a wise man and for good reason. It has a large number of benefits for a wide range of different uses. It is said that Myrrh is the most popular essential oil in the world as it is extremely popular in the Middle East and Africa.
It has shown to have various anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-infectious properties that you can use to your advantage when trying to treat your dog’s skin condition. Dilute it as instructed on the packaging and then apply it topically to the required area on your dog and wait for its restorative properties to take hold.
Although you may not know it, the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Peppermint have probably been used to your advantage multiple times during your life already as it is very common in most ointments for a number of conditions in humans such as acne or eczema.
Simply apply the peppermint oil to your dog’s skin in any area required and wait for it to take effect.
Although clove oil has shown various anti-allergies and antiseptic properties, it usually stings when applied and can continue stinging for some time after application. Depending on skin sensitivity and the number of open cuts or sores on your pet this can almost feel like a burning sensation that can become very painful.
As your dog does not understand the reasoning behind you applying the oil it may affect your relationship with your pet so we advise you to use one of the other options on this list.
As tea tree oil can be toxic to dogs, Niaouli is usually used as a safer substitute. It has numerous properties that can be useful when treating either skin allergies or skin conditions in dogs with essential oils. It has shown to poses antihistamine and antibacterial properties like many other oils on this list.
Again, as it has no indication of having anti-inflammatory properties, it may be better to go with one of the other options on this list depending on what you suspect the problem is with your dog’s skin or coat.
Sweet Marjoram is one of the best essential oils with muscle relaxing properties. Although this won’t directly help your dogs skin condition in itself, it offers some relief to your dogs muscles it if has been tensing because of the pain.
It has also displayed various antibacterial and antiseptic properties and has been used for the healing of bacterial infections in people multiple times. As slight infection can be common if your dog is scratching its skin a lot due to skin allergies then Sweet Marjoram could be useful.
The oil of the Helichrysum plant is another essential oil that you are able to leverage to your advantage. It is commonly used as a treatment for eczema in humans as well as a few other skin related issues.
Its anti-inflammatory properties are excellent for treating various skin conditions and dog owners have started leveraging this for any skin allergies their dogs have. Helichrysum also has a number of properties related to pain relief that make it even better for treating any issues your dog may be having.