Zane is our crazy loveable 9 year old cross breed, who despite his advancing years, still thinks he is a pup and has never quite learned to clam down when travelling in the car!
Zane suffers from a mix of excitement and nerves when travelling and although he has been used to the car and our doggy vans since we adopted him at 9 months, nothing we have tried has worked to ease his symptoms.
As our family holiday to Blackpool was coming up and knowing that with a rest stop, it would be a 3 and a half hour journey for Zane and with our 2 young children, I wanted to ensure that everyone was comfortable and settled.
Holistic Therapies For Dogs
Being a massive fan of holistic therapies and using them on myself and my family for years, I wanted to know if these would have the same benefits for our canine family members too.
After my studies, I was delighted to learn that they do in fact offer a host of benefits to dogs!
I have also been learning more and studying the uses of Essential Oils, and having used them regularly on myself, family and friends for the past 8 months, I decided to try using them on my dogs.
Of course, knowing which oils are safe to use and getting the quantities accurate is something which I also had to study in order to ensure the safety and well being of my boys during the trials.
In the weeks leading up to our trip, I started to massage both our dogs and use lavender whenever Zane showed any signs of stress.
There did seem to be an improvement in his symptoms, but I wasn’t sure if this was just coincidence.
So on the morning we were heading to Blackpool, I massaged both dogs and popped a calming Essential Oil blend on the pads of their paws and massaged behind their ears.
After the initial excitement of being in the car, Zane calmed down literally to the point where my husband asked if he had fallen out of the boot!
When we stopped halfway for a rest, I got Zane out for a paw stretch and a drink and he was the calmest I have ever seen him when we have been travelling. Although excited to be going on his holidays, he was not highly strung, stressed out or barking at everything!
The use of the Essential Oils was definitely a game changer!
Just to be sure, on the way home after our trip, I did not put the oil blend on Zane to see if it would make a difference and my goodness it definitely did!
After 30 minutes of travelling I had to stop and massage the oils on to Zane as he was so stressed, it was unbearable and upsetting for the rest of us to watch.
Once treated with the oils, we set off again and it was like someone had flicked a switch and Zane was just so calm and settled in the back of the car!
After the results of this experiment, I have been using the oils more on Ziggy and Zane, and practicing Reiki and canine massage on them too. They are the most Zen dogs on the planet I bet!
I am therefore delighted to be adding canine holistic massage and reiki to the list of services offered by Stardust Doggy Care.
Ziggy is a big sun worshipper, which means he often has to be lathered in sunscreen to protect him. As there is not yet a specific formula for dogs, often Ziggy can suffer from dry and flaky skin.
After using different aids from olive oil to creams, I started using the Stardust Allergy Aid, more in hope than anything else. I have been applying it to Ziggy’s skin, just along his spine once per day for the last 6 weeks and the results have been amazing!
His skin is clear and looks lovely and healthy and he’s not scratching like mad any more. The added bonus is he also smells amazing too!
So far, we’ve only been offering our oils and holistic massage to the Stardust gang. Here’s what a few of the mums and dads had to say:
“Maisie is a 10 year old black lab and like most labs as they get older, she has been experiencing some stiffness in her knees and joints. As labs are prone to arthritis, taking action early is key to ensuring minimal pain in later life.
Following a few days of limping on one of her back paws, Maisie started using the Stardust Joint and Muscle blend. Massaged on the pads of her paws and the affected area twice a day, after 2 weeks she is no longer limping and running about mad again like a crazy pup.
Maisie also has prescribed medication from the vet, however we had this before using the Stardust blend. There is no doubt that it is certainly helping her.”
“I have used Lisa’s oils a couple of times this year, one was a calming / relaxing oil, which was great for my dog Molly – plus I had the best sleep I’ve had in a while.
The second oil was for her wounds, where they helped to sooth them in order to heal more quickly.
I have seen at first hand how helpful these oils can be. Thanks Lisa!”