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How To Relieve Discomfort In Your Itchy Pet


Author: Dr. Stephen B.
Skill: Veterinarian
Date: 12-26-2012
Views: 18,285
Word Count: 319
Questions Received: 4
Testimonial ID: 8095-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Excessive itching in dogs is a very common symptom found in the canine world. As a veterinarian with nearly 40 years of treating animals, I have seen thousands of itchy dogs. Avoiding vaccines, drugs, chemicals and poor diets can help reduce the excessive itching and skin issues. I recommend avoiding all of these.

I recommend using essential oils to help the body rid itself of toxins which have accumulated in their bodies in their lifetime. Washing you dog's feet after taking them on a walk in areas where neighbors or municipalities may have sprayed herbicides or pesticides, will help reduce the toxic load on their emunctory organs.

I also recommend applying a few drops of diluted Frankincense on their foot pads when they are going into areas where there is a concentration of dogs to help reduce their exposure to infectious materials.

I have found the use of Juniper oil to be helpful in supporting the liver and kidneys. I recommend rubbing a few drops into each ear or on the pads of the rear feet once per day for six weeks and then weekly thereafter to assist these two organs in eliminating toxins.

I have also found Lavender oil to be soothing to the skin and reducing the extreme itching. I put a few drops in two ounces of water and spritz on the skin as needed for helping reduce the itching and self mutilation that often comes with this situation. I also recommend the use of the oil blend, Purification diffused into the room where the dogs sleep, to help with the purification process.

You can also mix a few drops of Frankincense and Lavender into organic coconut oil and massage into any hot spots that are very itchy for the dog to help her or him more comfortable. Consuming this combination, or any of the Young Living oils, are safe and helpful to the body in its healing process.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: dermatitis,eczema — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.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
3.Associated topics: skin — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
4.Associated topics: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
5.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
6.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
7.Associated topics: dogs,dermatitis,eczema — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
8.Associated topics: itching,dermatitis,eczema — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link

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