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A Weimaraner Dog 🐶 & his Recovery Supported by doTERRA Essential Oils

Mr Higgins had the flu and was not eating or drinking for 4 days and had lost 10lbs.
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We boarded our dog Mr. Higgins for 5 days during travel.  Even though he was vaccinated, he still acquired the flu. When we picked him up his eyes were drooping, he had very concentrated urine, had a horrible cough and was throwing up.  He didn’t eat half of the food we sent with him. We took him to the vet immediately.

The Vet administered 700ml of subcutaneous fluids, did a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia (which he didn’t have), gave him anti-nausea and antibiotic shots and wanted to hospitalize him for severe dehydration.  He also had a fever.  We didn’t want to leave him again so worked with the vet to keep a close eye on him. The vet sent us home with two different oral antibiotics, which he took for two weeks and anti-nausea medicine, which he took for five days. They did blood work and swabbed his throat to confirm the diagnosis of canine influenza*.

Three days later he was barely eating or drinking and so far had lost 10 lbs so we took him back to the vet to get another 700ml of subcutaneous fluids.  I also vented to my friend Adriana who happen to be using essential oils for herself, her family, and to help her dog LuLu with bladder problems but lives far away.  She introduced me to her friend Elizabeth Mantia a CMT and doTERRA Wellness Advocate who thankfully lives only 30 minutes away. I connected with Elizabeth and the next morning I was in her living room!  I explained the situation and Mr. Higgins symptoms and Elizabeth educated me on essential oils and which ones could help support him in his recovery.

THE PLAN

Within 2 seconds of using the 4 essential oils Elizabeth recommended he was drinking water & within 30 minutes he was eating....he slept his first good night sleep in 5 days since he was no longer coughing and vomiting at night
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I used the Breathe Blend and Lavender essential oil right before bed and he slept 5 hours straight, which was a great improvement from waking up every 2-3 hours coughing prior to using the oils.  What a remarkable difference!
An aspect that I was surprised by and appreciate about the doTERRA experience is the reference to the scientific and chemical compositions of the oils, how that ties into physical and mental wellness, and the additional (3rd party) testing that is performed to ensure high quality/purity and safety.
I feel like I’ve joined a family; the wealth of knowledge that has been openly shared along with the constant education is intriguing and engaging!
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Elizabeth put together a plan of doTERRA oils to try (below), incorporating dog reflexology points  (right and left hind paw) and healthy digestion Acupressure treatment for dogs! She also introduced me to the App & book “Spoil your Pets”.

·      DigestZen Blend (appetite & nausea): inhale & apply to belly & rear paws,

        add 1 drop in water (& have a 2nd source of water without oil).

·      Breathe Blend (sinuses, respiratory): inhale & apply on chest and upper back

·      Lavender (calming): inhale & apply to top of head and wrists

·      On Guard Blend (immunity): inhale & dilute (with carrier oil) on paws

Elizabeth gave me enough samples to use until my order arrived which was very generous and we were so grateful!

I first introduced the oils to Mr. Higgins by letting him smell the box, then opening the container and offering it to him to smell.  Thankfully, he cooperated well.

Two seconds after smelling the Breathe Blend Higgins was drinking his water and about 30 minutes after using the Breathe, DigestZen, and Lavender essential oils on him, he ate a jar of baby food, a few bites of wet dog food and peanut butter and apples – this was a vast improvement!

Per Elizabeth’s instructions, I initially gave him all oils at once, and then rotated them every few hours – i.e. one hour on feet, the next on belly, the next on head etc.

The very first day we started using the oils on him, there was improvement – by the end of the day he was eating boiled chicken again & he ate his teeth bone that had been sitting on the living room floor for several days (which he normally devours immediately).  He ate more baby food than he had been eating previously - 3 jars in one sitting!  His sinuses were also cleared. He still had a runny nose and cough but the cough was less frequent and he wasn’t vomiting when coughing anymore.

 

I used the Breathe Blend and Lavender essential oil right before bed and he slept 5 hours straight, which was a great improvement from waking up every 2-3 hours coughing prior to using the oils.  What a remarkable difference! We no longer had to give him subcutaneous fluids because he started to eat and drink more.

 

His appetite came back more each day; we think he loves the oils as much as we do.  When I open them he comes right over to me! We joke that he’s thinking – I’m ready for my rub, massage, and reflexology please!  The only thing Mr. Higgins didn’t do was drink out of the water bowl with the oil in it.    

 

Prior to meeting Elizabeth, the extent of my knowledge was limited to the tea tree and lavender oils I used in my sugar body scrub.  I believed the essential oils would help but never thought they would make such a profound difference in speeding up his recovery.

 

An aspect that I was surprised by and appreciate about the doTERRA experience is the reference to the scientific and chemical compositions of the oils, how that ties into physical and mental wellness, and the additional (3rd party) testing that is performed to ensure high quality/purity and safety.  I feel like I’ve joined a family; the wealth of knowledge that has been openly shared along with the constant education is intriguing and engaging!

-Alison Matsui, Scientist

How can essential oils help you?

 Elizabeth T. Mantia CMT  dōTERRA Wellness Advocate

Elizabeth T. Mantia CMT

dōTERRA Wellness Advocate

For more information about doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and how they can help you and your family and furry friends, please contact Elizabeth for a complimentary 30 minute consultation.  Elizabeth also offers massage & teaches classes on Essential Oils and Wellness in the Bay Area.

Elizabeth Mantia, CMT & dōTERRA Wellness Advocate #2746057

mobile:  510.899.9775  flowinmassage@gmail.com

*We do not claim to treat or cure any disease.  We offer essential oils to help support the body's immune system.

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