In today’s chaotic world, combined with the unsteady state of the economy, more and more people are being forced to alter their lifestyles – whether that means taking on a second job to make ends meet or cutting back on little luxuries.
Regardless of the personal sacrifices, the effects of our stressors are trickling down to our pets. Whether our pets are being left alone for longer periods of time, not getting an extra 20 minutes of exercise, eating lesser quality food, or being the recipients of our vented frustrations, it’s important not to compromise the health of our pets, as the long-term effects can be very harmful.
While there are external forces you cannot always control, staying mindful can help maintain health in your pet and you– as studies have shown that pets can provide emotional support, lowered blood pressure and stress levels.
Making the Time
It’s easy to fall into the trap of "I’m too busy" for this or that… but when it comes to maintaining your pet’s health, it’s necessary to find the time for keeping your pet on a regular exercise and walking schedule.
As bladder problems can develop from your pet being forced to "hold it", be sure to either find a friend or sitter for regular walks, or make it a break for yourself in between other obligations to spend the time with your pet.
In addition, maintaining a healthy weight, supported by regular exercise, can greatly help overall health and well-being.
Recognizing Behavioral Changes in Your Pet
Animals’ intuition is very strong. Be sure to keep an eye out for unusual behaviors in your pet, as these may be signs of underlying conditions such as aggression, anxiety, depression, or other health concerns. While you cannot always be a companion for your pet, you can provide support in other ways.
Advantages of Aromatherapy
Just as aromatherapy benefits humans, pets too can reap the therapeutic effects. Besides offering a pleasant smell, essential oils can provide many practical functions that assist the body.
First used by groomers and pet salons, you can affordably bring your pet positive results from at-home application. For instance, lavender and eucalyptus oils not only help repel insects, but can help your cat feel sleepy and relaxed.
Dogs can benefits from the effects of Roman chamomile, which can address ear infections plus ease the nerves of a dog in pain.
How to Use Aromatherapy
Before using aromatherapy on your pet, be sure to research the best dilution appropriate for the course of treatment you are seeking to avoid any harm. Neverfeed your pet alcohol or essential oil directly. Generally, one ounce of a base oil is recommended with 2-3 drops of essential oil.
Oils are commonly dabbed on the bottom of the paws, on acupressure points such as the ears, or lightly sprayed in a mist. You also do not have to apply aromatherapy directly to your pet, but can instead spray onto bedding.
As animals have a heightened sense of smell and may be prone to allergies, always be sure to use a mild solution the first few times to ensure a positive aromatherapy experience!