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Cross-Country Travel With An Anxious Dog


Author: Leanne M.
Skill: Homeopath
Date: 03-20-2012
Views: 2,007
Word Count: 237
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 6998-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Anyone with a canine companion will attest to the challenges of long-distance auto travel. We were moving from the mid-west to Colorado. A long two day travel in over 100 degree heat.

I had anticipated the difficulty so I obtained a prescription from the vet. He casually mentioned the fact that a small percentage of the dogs have a paradoxical response to the medicine; meaning instead of relaxing the animal it would make them MORE anxious. Somehow when he said that, I knew my dog was going to fall in that group.

Within a few hours of setting out he began to whine, pace, pant, and act strangely. We stopped at as many rest stops as we could but we needed to make time. By the time we made it 1/2 of the way to the hotel, he was an emotional mess. I was determined not to set out the next morning until I located my oils.

After applying a few drops of the Peace & Calming essential oil blend, which has Blue Tansy, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange and Ylang Ylang to all the pads on his feet, he laid down in his kennel and just let the world go by. I needed reapplications every 2-3 hours but as soon as I reapplied he would chill-out and just sit with eyes open and alert but calm.

I wouldn't attempt another extended auto ride without these oils. They are essential.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: behavior — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: anxiety — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
3.Associated topics: anxiety — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
4.Associated topics: dogs — "Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
5.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
6.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
7.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
8.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link

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