Wondering if essential oils can help your dog's upset stomach? Essential oils have been used for many centuries, and it's not uncommon that they're also used for ailments affecting pets. Essential oils are simply oils that have been extracted from certain plants. The term "essential" derives from the fact that the plant's "essence," the characteristic fragrance of the plant, is extracted. While essential oils may be beneficial for ailments such a dog upset stomach, consider that essential oils must be used with caution as improper use can cause toxicity.
Always keep bottles of essential oils out of your dog's reach and never apply a concentrated oil on your dog's skin! If you suspect toxicity from essential oils see your vet immediately or contact the pet poison helpline at 800-213-6680 (a $49 fee per incident applies).
Essential Oil for Dog Upset Stomach
For dogs with an upset stomach, more than a single oil, a combination of oils may be helpful. This way, the extracts can work in synergy to provide soothing relief. All essential oils should be diluted before use.because they are very concentrated. A popular product often recommended by holistic vets is DigestZen produced by dōTERRA." It's a known tummy tamer that aids digestion, soothes dog upset stomach, indigestion and motion sickness and helps maintain good digestive health. The blend is made of ginger, fennel, coriander peppermint, tarragon, anise, and caraway.
[adinserter block="4"]When Bocce got an upset stomach after a dietary indiscretion, his owner and veterinarian Mia Frezzo, withheld dinner and applied 2 drops of DigestZen to his abdomen, repeating a few hours later before going to bed. In the morning, Bocce was back to being his normal self.
Veterinarian Dr. Janet Roark lists DigestZen as one of the top essential oils for dogs and cats. It helps for vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, internal parasites, parvo and general digestive wellness.
Another helpful product, this time to ease motion sickness in dogs, is Motion sickness for dogs Wellness Oil made by Nature's Inventory. This product is 100 percent organic and contains the essential oils of ginger and peppermint to help aid the dog at an emotional level while settling the stomach.
Other than applying to the body, essential oils can often be diffused into the air with an essential oil diffuser. Just 30 to 60 minutes is already sufficient to be effective. Always read product labeling carefully before use. If you are interested in trying essential oils for your dog's upset stomach, consult with a holistic vet for advice.