Essential oils also help dogs

DEBORAH WHEELER 654-8443 | @WaltonSunDeb dwheeler@waltonsun.com

The concept of using essential oils for better health has been around for quite some time and just recently has been steadily gaining followers who swear by them.

But did you know that essential oils can also be used for the well-being of your pets?

Bonnie Soroka, owner of Shaggy to Chic Dog Grooming & Boutique, said essential oils are the big craze right now as people are getting back to nature and using holistic methods for well being, health, and moods.

"And people are finding these essential oils will also work for pets," said Soroka. "On dogs to keep them calm during storms, and for health. Dogs feed off your anxiety."

To calm a pet during a stressful time such as storms or during travel, Soroka recommends putting lavender on the inside of back paw or ear flap.

There is also a blend called serenity that is a blend of lavender, different flowers and sandalwood.

Fractionated coconut oil is a carrier oil that is used by massage therapists to calm and relax clients, said Soroka.

"Put a little in your hands and you can then rub your hands over your dog's skin to get that calming effect," she said. "We use aromatherapy at our shop to calm our dogs. We spray a blend on their tail or chest, and we use lavender on the grooming arm."

Diffusers go into the air as aromatherapy. Or run the bottle under your nose or the pet's nose.

Another popular one that is getting a lot of use is sweet marjoram for its antioxidant and health-promoting benefits in supporting the immune system.

In that same vein is an essential oil called on guard, which is the antibiotic topical that is effective in helping bug bites such as fleas on pets, just place a drop on top of bites, said Soroka.

TerraShield is a natural dietary supplement that can be used as an insect repellent for dogs or for yourself.

Soroka stocks all of these in her shop located at 2282 W. County Road 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, and what she stocks is 100 percent essential oils.

"It's nice to have something to use instead of drugs, even on pets," she said. "It's a throwback to the way things used to be."

For more information call 714-3723.