Alternative Medicine for Your Pet
Beyond getting prescriptions for your dog or cat’s health, what other options do you have?
CBD Oil. There are a number of ailments that might be treatable with CBD oil. It can reduce pain or inflammation. It might reduce the occurrence of seizures, and if your dog or cat suffers from anxiety, CBD oil can provide some relief. It can give them a sense of relaxation as well as better mobility and joint function.
There are several methods for how to give this to your pet. Rub some on the inside of their mouth. Squeeze the dropper filled with the right amount, determined by their weight, and then follow with a treat to ensure they swallow. Using a porous treat will allow it to absorb in; then simply give your dog the treat, after it soaks in. Or you can mix it into their food.
Your cat might be curious and lick the dropper as you squeeze it into their mouth, or you can drip some on their paw, which they will proceed to lick clean.
Aromatherapy. A different approach uses essential oils, such as tea tree oil. Ylang-ylang, eucalyptus, citrus, and pine oils are dangerous for pets though and should be carefully avoided. However, these present another option for addressing your dog or cat’s stress or anxiety.
Does your pet get motion sick in the car? Try an aroma therapy specifically for this! Look for oils that are 100% pure, which will come in small, concentrated amounts. Look for suppliers (not multi-level marketing companies) who can answer your questions and package in glass bottles made from cobalt, amber, or violet glass. This prevents the oil from degrading over time. You can even explore how they are grown, to ensure environmental consciousness. And genuine oils will also contain both the Latin and the common name, as well as the country of origin, extraction date, and lot number.
Applying them can be as simple as just pet your cat or dog! Essential oils are absorbed through the skin (dilute them first with a base like almond, avocado, or coconut oil).
As always, consult with your veterinarian first, before using anything of a medicinal nature on your pet.
*Nothing in this content should be construed as medical advice from The Pet Professionals LLC, and we always encourage pet owners to fully and openly discuss their pet’s health and any concerns with their veterinarian.