Carrier Oils for your Dogs

Carrier Oils for your Dogs

Essential oils, though useful in the therapeutic treatment of health, wellness, and behavioural issues in dogs – can NEVER be used at full strength. Due to the sensitive nature of a dog’s sense of smell and certain physiological differences, essential oils must always be diluted regardless of application method. Carrier oils are extremely important for this reason. The dilution ratio for dogs does not need to be any higher than 1%. A rough guideline would be to add no more than 3 drops of our pure essential oil blends to a 1 oz. (shot) glass of your choice of carrier oil. Carrier oils vary in price and availability but more importantly they have their own therapeutic properties. Choosing the right carrier oil is important.

Macadamia Nut Oil has been associated with a non-fatal syndrome, characterized by vomiting, ataxia or weakness, fever, muscle tremors and depression. Dogs are the only species in which signs have been reported. The mechanism of toxicity is not known, meaning we are not 100% sure why dogs are affected.

Carrier Oil Notes Topically Internally Inhalation Availability Cost Approx. per 100 mL Properties
Olive Oil Extra Virgin / Cold Pressed   Up to a Tbsp. per day depending on size of dog, good for coat Recommended Easily Available Under 5 Vitamin E, oleic acid
Coconut Oil   Helps with dandruff and odor Up to tsp per day, supports thyroid function Recommended Most Health Food Stores 5-10  
Sunflower Oil Unrefined organic Nourishing to the skin, improves scar tissue Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Recommended Easily Available Under 5 Potassium, vitamin b and e, omega 6 fatty acids
 
Apricot Kernel   Rehydrates, soothes minor skin irritations Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Has calming Properties Available Online 15-20 Oleic acid
Sweet Almond   Skin nourish , hydrates Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Grounding Properties Most Health Food Stores 20-25 Minerals, oleic acid
Grape seed processed Easy for skin to absorb Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Recommended Easily Available 10-15 Polyunsaturated fatty acids
Kukui Nut Expensive, blend with other carriers Restorative, hydrates, nourishes dry skin Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Aids in Mental Regeneration Available Online 15-20  
Aloe Vera Use a least 90% pure Cools on contact, soothing burns Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Not Recommended Easily Available 5-10  
Borage Seed Oil Mix with other carriers Encourages renewal of skin cells Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Beneficial for depression Available Online 20-25 Fatty acids
Camellia Oil expensive Immediate absorption, strengthens nails, penetrates coat Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Not recommended Available Online 20-25  
Evening Primrose Oil expensive helpful with skin issues, strengthens skin cells Anti-inflammatory, safe for diabetic dogs, Consult Veterinarian before use Not Recommended Most Health Food Stores 15-20 Fatty acids
Jojoba Wax, solidifies in cool temperature Easily absorbed, strengthens sensitive skin, and cleanses dirt and excess oils in coat. Not recommended Not Recommended Available Online 25-30  
Avocado Oil Combine with other carriers for topical Good for nails, slow to absorb, not recommended Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Not recommended Most Health Food Stores 10-15 Vitamins a and d, linoleic acid
Vegetable Glycerin Colourless Odorless Recommended Not Recommended without veterinary supervision Highly Recommended Most Health Food Stores 5-10  

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