How to use Essential Oils for Pets
Some Safe Oils To Consider
First of all, remember never to auto medicate: veterinarians are the best resource when looking to diagnose diseases in pets and should always be consulted before applying Essential Oils. This is especially true in situations where symptoms are severe or persistent. It is wise always to inform your veterinarian what Essential Oils you are using for your pets.
The following Essential Oils are the best in pets’ first aid and are safe for short-term use:
This universal Essential Oil can be used pure or diluted. Ideal for minor injuries. Gentle at cleansing. Add peppermint oil to increase the healing process while decreasing aches and pain. Repels parasites. Calms the nervous system. Aids in skin and tissue health.
One of the best go-to-oils. It is now confirmed that Frankincense is helpful for people with cancer. Frankincense increases blood supply to the brain but can worsen hypertension; so use with caution. A safe and gentle oil that is recommended for smaller pets and birds. Used for wounds, skin
health, tissue health, behavior issues, cleansing, fungus and more.
Beneficial when used with PanAway on minor injuries for aches and pains. Use one drop in water for over-heated animals (great on long walks). Cats must have this oil diluted.
Best oil blend for minor injuries. (Dilute before using on cats). Great for urinary health, aches & pains, dental extraction or minor discomfort. Use topically with a warm compress, or Vita Flex points on the paws.
Beneficial when used with R.C. for respiratory support.
It can be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations. Helps to subside itching, clear sinuses and support healthy bladder function. Useful for cats for bladder health.
Useful for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Can be rubbed on or used in a spray bottle with some water. For birds, mist the cage instead of rubbing it on. Aids in immune support and protection from parasites.
Ideal for respiratory health. RC helps with sneezing, coughs and healthy lung function. Beneficial for bladder health. RC Is practical for cats that require bladder fortification when conventional methods fail.
Helps support gastrointestinal health. Use for protection against parasites, diarrhea, and vomiting. Add nutmeg or ginger
oil to give added nausea relief, especially for motion sickness.
Other Essential Oils that can be used for pets include Cardamom, Fennel, Helichrysum, and Spearmint.
A few words of Caution
Whereas oils are useful in healing the body and the mind, they are also extremely concentrated & can cause a wide variety of side effects and adverse reactions on animals. You should be extremely cautious when using Essential Oils on animals, especially small pets. The largest problem is with cheap essential oils that they may contain contaminants or adulterants that make more serious issues arise. Therefore, its is very important only to use therapeutic grade Essential Oils from well-known companies & ask for the quality of oils before using them.
Small animals have delicate senses of smell, so in most cases it is recommended to dilute your Essential Oils before using them with your pets. If your pet seems not enjoy or like your oil, forget about it. All cats are particularly at risk for Essential Oil reactions and in most cases you need to use oils very sporadically on cats. You will need to dilute one drop of essential oil in 50 drops of a pure carrier oil such as grape or seed oil.
Since all animals metabolize & react differently when you use essential oils on them, it is important to know about species-specific differences before using oils.
The major problem is overusing the Essential Oils. Once again, oils are very concentrated. When someone discovers essential oils and begins to diffuse the oils into their homes, it leads to an unintentional overdose for their pets even if they don’t realize it. Lavender oil is very useful, but it contains no antioxidant compounds and can, therefore, oxidize as it is stored. Oxidized products can aggravate Pets and lead to the development of allergic responses.
Some essential oils are know to cause kidney & liver toxicity in certain cats and dogs .
Cats are particularly sensible because they use a different system in their liver to detoxify. Essential Oils that contain polyphenolic compounds ( so-called “hot” oils like cinnamon, oregano, clove, wintergreen, thyme, and birch) should be avoided. Those oils should be avoided in cats. You should never use melaleuca oil on cats, especially into the ear canal because that will damage cats’ delicate ear drums and nerves. You also need to be careful not to use oils around your eyes and your pets’ eyes. It is always better to go and wash your hands after applying Essential Oils to prevent accidentally getting them into your eyes.
To reduce the chances of sensitivity & organ toxicity, it is important to use the same essential oil for no more than two weeks and then provide a rest period.
How to use Essential Oils for Dogs?
- Apply directly on location;
- Place oil in your palm then pet head to toe;
- Place oil where the skin is thin such as belly;
- Make your pet smell it right out of the bottle or from your hands!
When using as dietary supplement, please make sure that you are using oils such as Therapeutic Oils that can be taken internally. Place in capsule (as directed on the bottle) with vegetable oil and give to your pet in food or with food is best.
Five Essential Oils To Avoid In Pets
Camphor is an aromatic oil derived from the wood of Cinnamomum camphora. When applied to a pet’s skin, it can cause a severe irritation that leads to licking and subsequent ingestion. When absorbed, it can result in seizures, liver failure, and death.
Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil)
The Australian Melaleuca comes from the leaves of the tea tree. Great with people; it is a basic oil for human’s skin concerns, it is also used for treating everything from skin infections to insect repellent. In small pets, it has also generally been sold as a topical flea repellent. Unfortunately, the active ingredients (terpenoids), can be highly toxic, especially to cats; remember: the more pure and concentrated, the worse the effects.
This oil is generally used as a topical insect repellent and as an oral digestive tonic in humans. In pets, people sometimes use it as a topical flea treatment. But they usually regret it later. Pennyroyal can be dangerous when ingested, blowing out the liver and leading to vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, seizures, and death.
Used to treat muscle aches and pains; Wintergreen contains a glycoside that releases methylsalicylate, also used in aspirin. Some pet owners apply it to the arthritic joints of their pets. Aspirin can be very toxic to cats and dogs. It can cause stomach, liver, and/or kidney issues in dogs already taking a non-steroid or steroid anti-inflammatory medication.
In people, Citrus Essential Oils, are used from flavoring agents to insect repellents. You can also find Citrus in flea shampoos, dips, and sprays designed for dogs & cats. Many are marketed as safe alternatives to other flea control products; but that’s not the case. Cats, puppies, & older dogs are very sensitive to high dose of citrus oil products which can cause seizures, coma, and death.
- – Never auto medicate
- – Always ask for professional reference
- – Don’t use pure and dilute
- – Don’t overuse over a long period of time.
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