We recently had someone visit the 4-Legger website and search for "benzyl benzoate". We had zero articles in the search results - an easy fix!
If someone is searching for benzyl benzoate it is likely for one of two reasons:
Benzyl benzoate is a synthetic compound that is produced from benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol. The European Union has restricted its use in fragrances and cosmetics and classified it as a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen. It has also been linked to endocrine disruption and is an environmental toxin to wildlife.
Suffice to say, we would recommend avoiding exposure to benzyl benzoate.
Let's look at the two different types of mange (Sarcoptic and Demodectic) which may be associated with using a product like benzyl benzoate.
In the case of sarcoptic mange, a crab like creature called a mite that is smaller than you can see with your eye, burrows into your dog's skin and causes them to itch. Sarcoptic mange usually begins on the ears or elbows and spreads along the legs. As it spreads and your dog scratches - inflaming the situation - there is a distinctive foul odor. Often this is diagnosed with a skin scraping or when the owner has red itchy dots on their arms or anywhere their clothes are up against their skin like a belt or bra area.
Demodectic mange is a lot different than sarcoptic mange. This mite is considered a normal inhabitant of dogs' skin and is "dormant" until an immune deficiency allows it to proliferate. You may first notice bald patches of hair that become scaly. The bald patches tend to heal on their own as the animal matures. Since this mange involves an immune deficiency, treatment often involves a change in diet with herbal supplements.
You should NOT treat mites yourself. Take your dog to the vet and take yourself to your doctor to get treatment options. You may be given a toxic dip as a treatment but it will be one that is a single exposure. Trying out medicated or toxic treatments that may or may not work unnecessarily exposes you to toxins and in the end will likely cost you more money, increase your dog's discomfort and leave you frustrated.
Once your dog's skin is mite free - do them and yourself a favor and switch to a true organic dog shampoo that is safe and non-toxic 4-Legger certified organic dog shampoo with lemongrass and aloe is formulated to be extra gentle on itchy sensitive skin with the beneficial properties of lemongrass !
Lemongrass is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. Lemongrass is a natural astringent (cleanser) with toning qualities which help stimulate blood circulation and tone the skin. Lemongrass is also a natural pest deterrent - for lice, fleas, and ticks.
Learn about "poultry digest" and other ingredients in dog toothpaste and how natural dog toothpaste like dental powder and pet safe essential oils are a safe and non-toxic alternative to products with synthetic ingredients.
You can clean your dog's teeth and gums without synthetic ingredients!
If you are new to the use of essential oils, welcome!
Essential oils are therapeutically beneficial for both you and your pets.
Unfortunately, the quality of essential oils is a confusing smorgasbord with marketing that spans from honesty all the way to misleading claims and outright lies. It can be difficult to find essential oils that are safe to diffuse around your pets or yourself if you are searching based upon what is on the bottle or what the website says or worse, based exclusively on price.
We've got a quick "how to" on the use of pet safe essential oils you can use to make your house smell fresh and clean!
When your dog has a neurological issue, it can be scary. While essential oils aren't miracle cures, they are very beneficial to support neurological conditions, giving your dog the best possible opportunity.
Learn more about the NeuroBoost™ and NeuroBalance™ essential oil blends and why we've integrated them into our own dog's life.