Unfortunately dogs, as well as humans, experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma refers to both bodily injury as well as mental distress following a traumatic experience that the dog has gone through. Traumatic issues may include past abuse by a previous owner or breeder, neglect, getting hit by a car, an attack by a animal, or it could be as simple as an extremely loud noise such as fireworks. Your dog may be experiencing flashbacks from their traumatic experience. If you witness them being extremely anxious, whimpering, restless, dealing with insomnia or nightmares, or having separation anxiety, you may be dealing with a dog with PTSD.
With a little time and patience you can help your faithful companion get past these issues.
Properly used, essential oils can help calm your anxious dog and help to build their confidence up.
PTSD Canine Support
Some dogs may not like certain essential oils or may be sensitive to them, so you’ll want to start slowly with them. If you find your dog turning away or avoiding you when you try to apply the oil, these particular oils may not be a good fit for them. Spray a tiny bit on a cloth and let your dog smell the oil. If your dog starts to rub their face on the floor or rubs their nose with their paws, don’t push it on them. We don’t recommend using essential oils on dogs under ten weeks of age.