Keep the Fleas and Ticks Off:
Lemongrass, Cedarwood, & Terrashield Essential Oil
10 drops of each oil in an 8 oz. spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil or 20 drops in a 16 oz. spray bottle and fill with distilled water.
Spray Basset down and rub it in...avoiding the head. Do this every few days in the spring and summer. Winters are not a problem for us in the Pacific Northwest.
Please make sure to take your dog, their bedding, etc., outside before using cedarwood. The fleas will try to flee and no one wants that to happen in their house! Should you get uninvited guests in your house, simply mix 10 drops of cedarwood with a box of baking soda, shake it up, and sprinkle it on your carpet. Let it sit for 20 minutes then vacuum it up. This mixture of baking soda and cedarwood will also ensure that none of the fleas survived as they sit in your vacuum cleaner.
Aches and Pains - Limping or Sore Legs:
Deep Blue & Lemongrass
Place 1 drop of Deep Blue and one drop of lemongrass in a small dish with about 1/2 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil then pour onto the painful area of your dog and massage in. Do this two to three times a day to help reduce pain.
Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary (2 Drops EA)
Place 2 drops of each in 12 oz. of water. We use Bonner's Castile Soap as well. Pour in the bath, and you are ready to go!
Kidney and Bladder Issues:
DigestZen, Lemon (optional), Frankincense, Basil (optional), FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Mix up in a little dish with 2 drops DigestZen, lemon, and frankincense, 1 drop of basil, and FCO. Dip your finger into the mix and apply over your dog's bladder five to six times per day AND swipe a drop in your dog's mouth five to six times per day.
** Frequent/consistent use of oils is very important.
On Guard Essential Oil
If your dog’s teeth are in bad shape – lots of tartar buildup, etc., put ONE drop of On Guard on a toothbrush or gauze pad and rub his or her gums and teeth one to two times a day. Even one time a week can help to maintain good oral health.
Also, put a drop of On Guard with some baking soda and coconut oil to make a paste and scrub those teeth!
Ear Health Issues:
Peppermint, Frankincense, Lavender, Coconut, Basil, or Melaleuca (for large breed dogs)
Peppermint and frankincense, one to two drops applied around the base - front and back of the ear - and rub cotton ball around the inner ear with 1 drop of frankincense, lavender, basil or melaleuca, and 1/2 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil. Wipe the inner ear flap. Remember, do NOT go down the ear canal area you cannot see.
Again, you do not drop oil down the canal of the ear. Do this three times a day for 5 to 7 days.
Note: If you have a large breed dog (over 50 lbs.) you can instead use melaleuca*.
See tea tree oil at the bottom of this page.
On Guard Essential Oil
If your dog’s teeth are in bad shape – lots of tartar buildup, etc., put ONE drop of On Guard on a toothbrush or gauze pad and rub their gums and teeth one to two times a day. Even one time a week can help to maintain good oral health. Also, put a drop of On Guard with some baking soda and coconut oil, make a paste and scrub those teeth!
Upset Tummy or Carsick:
DigestZen & Lavender
Put 2 drops of the digestive blend in your palm with a teaspoon of coconut oil (FCO). Rub together then rub on your Basset's tummy.
Do this every 2 to 3 hours just three times a day. It works like a charm! Follow with one drop of lavender and coconut oil. Rub down the back for calming. They will love this!
Lavender, Purify, Rosemary
Mix equal amounts, lavender, Purify, and rosemary. Then moisten (squeeze out) cotton ball and clean out inner ear. Be careful not to go down the ear canal where you cannot see.
Do this daily until you no longer see ear mite detritus.
** Use lavender to soothe the inner ear. **
Potty Training Tips:
Serenity, Balance, Lavender, & Wild Orange are great choices for this. (The first three are also used for anti-anxiety and calming! Wild Orange is uplifting.)
Use one drop of essential oil of your choice. Put a drop into your puppy's crate or diffuser near the crate. This will help calm your dog. It will also make your dog associate the smell with where they eat and sleep. You can then diffuse in other rooms of the house and your dog will associate the smell with the "den," and he or she will not want to soil that area. The KEY is to start using the oil in the crate. Happy housebreaking!
Home Essentials Kit
This is the Home Essentials Kit, and it comes with the top 10 oils you will use on your dogs AND YOURSELVES!
Plus, it comes with a diffuser. When you purchase a kit through doTerra, you save the $35 wholesale fee, and it is totally waived when purchasing an oil kit. This gives you a wholesale account, which is the most cost-effective way to purchase doTerra essential oils.
We will also be your guide through this process of learning! Contact Us
Here are two great books that will guide you also: The Essential Life Book and Spoil Your Pet
Always Dilute Your Oils Before Applying to Your Animals!
We recommend putting these oils on the bottom pads of your Basset's back paws. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil. Less oil is more often the rule of thumb.
Example: 1 drop oil to 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon coconut applied every 2 hours if some issue is severe up to three times a day, to back pads of feet and between toes.
FCO = fractionated coconut oil (this is liquid coconut oil). You can buy FCO through doTerra for $12.
A Word About Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca):
We often get comments about tea tree oil being toxic to dogs.
Tea tree oil has phenolic compounds that can be hard for a dog’s body to process, but only in high doses. The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 0.22 grams is about 4 drops of tea tree oil. This would mean that a 1 pound dog would have toxicity symptoms if you applied 4 drops of tea tree oil.
However, most dogs are around 10-20 lbs. To hit toxic levels of phenols, you would have to apply 40 drops of tea tree oil to a 10 lb. dog at one time. This would be the same as if a 150-pound human applied 600 drops of tea tree oil to their body at one time. OF COURSE, this would be ridiculous and toxic. ANYBODY given a high amount of phenolic compounds would develop toxicity issues.
When applying essential oils, you need a good dose of common sense. As long as you understand that applying one to three drops at a time, and diluting for children and pets is the best practice, you’ll be good!
NOTE: The phenolic toxicity level in cats is unknown, but we do know that cats are more sensitive than dogs. It’s advised to avoid melaleuca in cats, unless there is a severe injury or illness