We have fluctuated throughout the years, between 3 to 14 Pit Bulls in our home. They are an extremely intelligent and strong breed, not meant for everyone, that is for sure! But, I will likely never be without a Pit Bull or a Sphynx cat in my home! Almost every dog who has ever blessed our home with their presence is a rescue dog. Often, they were destined for euthanasia when no one else could take them on. They have taught me the most about canine veterinary medicine, because being my first "children" - you can bet that I want only the best for them. And, if a health condition arises, I want the most natural, but effective solutions for them. However, if traditional methods are still in their best interest - I am fully willing to admit that. Loving holistic and natural medicine - and especially essential oils - does not mean that we can abandon traditional care. There is always a time and a place for it - and I hope that I can truthfully educate you on when essential oils are WONDERFUL and when essential oils should probably be left out for a certain purpose. My goal is to present to you only things that are effective for the majority of dogs, and not information intended to sell oils or present some "magical cure-all" for every problem. For example, Heartworm Prevention is always a very requested item to have a replacement for naturally. Although there are some natural items that are showing great promise, I would say we are far from having any solid or reliable methods at this time. I am working on it passionately - as our newest addition to our pack is "Babe" - the black and white dog on the couch. I volunteered in Oklahoma after the May 2013 Tornadoes left many animals homeless and buried in the post-tornado debris. Babe was one of the dogs who did not get claimed by an owner - and I ended up adopting her and bringing her back to Minnesota with me! Once home, routine blood testing revealed that she was heartworm positive. Although a set back, she is an important part of my mission to advance heartworm treatment and prevention with essential oils, and she is a part of our current heartworm study, which although not perfect, is very exciting!
The main point is, animalEO will only present products and natural protocols that I feel comfortable with my own dogs relying on. I do not wish to present essential oil products to you, that do not have a good track record! Until we have good veterinary evidence that a protocol is being effective for the majority of animals (let's face it, nothing will ever be 100% for 100% of the population) - I do not want to create a product for that purpose. There are many companies out there that will ride the "natural band wagon" - and just because there is a huge desire and need for a natural solution to many conditions - they will make one up without any proof that it is actually effective. I am okay with anecdotal evidence, because although I cannot always "prove" the scientific pathway for a response, clinical evidence and results are very worthwhile in my opinion. So, although I cannot tell you all of the scientific ways that Copaiba has been helpful for arthritis pain and stiffness, clinically we have seen the benefits in hundreds if not thousands of animals (even humans.)
The most common questions we are asked, is what to use with certain situations. Once you have obtained an accurate diagnosis along with the help of your veterinarian (this is REALLY important) - here is a list of products that I will most often select to support that particular condition. Obviously, this list is not all inclusive - and can vary depending on your dogs sensitivity or responses. Layering multiple products can be really helpful for some cases, but even starting with just one item can be effective for some. There is no right or wrong - but there is a lot of individual variation. Please do join our Facebook Group - by CLICKING HERE - we have a dedicated "Pack" of administrators who can help to suggest products, and to help you with any questions you may have as you start using our products! While not veterinarians, we appreciate the common sense and real world experience of our group members! Always read the product page for each product you purchase or are interested in fully for directions and suggestions on use!
Abscess Dental: Dog Breath to the tooth area, Any-Itis orally in food.
Arthritis: Any-Itis orally in food, New Mobility RTU topically.
Addison's Disease: AdrenoBalance
Allergies: AromaBoost RTU or Boost in a Bottle topically on a regular basis. YeastyBeasty RTU topically to problem areas.
Alopecia X: AromaBoost RTU, Boost in a Bottle, or KittyBoost (for very small and sensitive dogs) topically. AdrenoBalance as an additional topical application. Hormone Blend either diffused or used in a Petting application.
Anal Gland Issues: AromaBoost RTU or Boost in a Bottle topically applied on a regular basis to the dog as described on the product pages - not directly onto the anal glands. Skin Spray Base made into water misting spray directly onto anal gland area.
One thing I do not have a shortage of, is dogs in my life! Okay - they are like potato chips - and I could have a few more! I became attracted to Bully Breeds when I was in college. A sweet little puppy, who weighed only 2 pounds, came into the vet clinic where I worked, in a coma. She had "fallen" off of a two story deck onto cement, likely with the aid of the 2 year old child who was left unattended with her.
It just so happened that she was a Pit Bull. Long story short, she was abandoned at that veterinary hospital, and I ended up adopting her. I was committed to having the "best Pit Bull on earth" and training her so well that no one would ever be afraid of her. This started my life-long passion to prove that the breed is what you make it, not a name or a look. So, yes - the picture on this page IS all of my current pack (as of 2014) - 4 Pit Bulls and 1 Pit Bull/Chihuahua mix. (Long story, don't ask!)