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Dog Had Itchy Ears, Legs, And Face

Author: Jane P.
Skill: Kinesiologist
Date: 09-18-2013
Views: 4,121
Word Count: 431
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 8923-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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My four-year-old Australian cattle dog mix (48 lbs) got bitten last Tuesday. Her face and eye were really swollen from the poison (probably a black widow spider, but the vet wasn't sure). She was also very itchy as evidenced by her biting herself and rubbing her face on my carpet.

I didn't realize what was happening for a couple of hours and when I finally figured it out, I realized I needed a vet visit. This would get some Benedryl into her by injection and, while not my first choice, I let them give her a steroid injection. The histamine production stopped immediately and her swelling went down over the next couple of days.

I also used Lavender oil, diluted with some V-6 oil, on her legs and groin area for a few days to help with the residual itching. Her groin was especially red and inflamed from her licking it.

All was seemingly fine until Sunday, when I noticed that she was itching and biting herself again and losing a lot of hair. I also noticed that the inside of her ears were hot, thick feeling, and red. I dowsed that she was being affected by grass allergies. I gave her a bath and washed all of her blankets and bedding to remove the pollen.

Back to the vet, because of the sudden hair loss, for a full annual physical. She's pretty fine, but I need to go back in a couple of weeks as her heart and blood work were a bit off. The vet offered drops for her ears which I refused. I started dosing her again with the Lavender on the inside top part of her ears, but it didn't seem to be doing the trick. Her ears were still hot and swollen and the groin was patchy and hot. I added Helichrysum, cut with V-6 oil, and layered it over the Lavender. The next morning after I did this, her ears were 90% better. Thinner and cool to the touch with just a bit of heat deeper inside. Most of the spotting in her groin was gone. As I write this, it's Wednesday and she's pretty much completely healed. I realize that after the episode with the spider that she's become more sensitive to the grasses that grow around Santa Fe, which is what probably caused the further reactions. For the time-being, I'm stopping her from rolling on the ground, until I know she's stabilized. Yeah.. for the Young Living oils that effectively helped my dear Jenna.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
3.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "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
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."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: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link

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