Therapeutic essential oils can be beneficial to humans and their pets. Essential oils offer a holistic approach to pet care.
More and more vets are using Therapeutic, food grade essential oils as part of holistic pet care.
Animals are smaller than humans and more sensitive to chemicals simply due to their size so many pet lovers are cleaning up their home environments and opting for gentler options in well pet care.
The result is a home that is a haven for you and your pet. Owners want the best for their pets. Many pets benefit from essential oils just like people do. Here are some resources for you and your friends with pets:
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Animal Essential Oil Desk Reference written by vet Dr. Melissa Shelton is packed with hundreds of pages of information on taking care of your pets in a holistic way with essential oils. This brand new resource was just published June 2012!
Many of the essential oils can be used safely with most pets, consult an Essential Oil Desk Reference for dilution ratios. I’ve used oils on my parents miniature cocker spaniels. “Nellie” & “Cassie” had come down with a bug and the Vet prescribed anti-biotics to treat them for urinary tract infections. After a day on meds, they showed no sign of improvement. I took 1 drop of lavender oil in a teaspoon of olive oil and applied this to the pads of Nellie’s feet first. She fell asleep on my lap for an hour and woke with more energy. I reapplied the oils 2 more times and this seemed to be enough to get her body moving in the right direction.
Pet’s, like humans, are sensitive to toxins and chemicals – even more so because of their small size. Read about identifying toxins in your home that might be causing harm to your little friends. There are books and websites devoted to using essential oils just for pets, check the resources page for more information.
Essential oils offer many of the same benefits to pets as they do to people.
- Support the immune system
- Bring balance to the mind and body
- Help heal injuries
- Offer natural cleaning options
- Vita-Flex points are found on many animals, even dogs:
As with humans, it is imperative that only the purest essential oils are used on your pets. I have listed just a few of the many uses for pets taken from oils in the Everyday Oils Collection. These uses are recommendations from Dr. Mary Hess, DVM. Dr. Melissa Shelton is also a DVM who has published the first Animal Desk Reference, an essential for any pet owner seeking alternative therapies.
Lemon essential oil: Used to increase awareness in training or cognitive issues. It is an anti-parasitic and can be combined with others safely, excellent for skin conditions. Use topically, diffused or ingested.
Lavender essential oil: Use for injuries while hiking or riding. Gentle but anti-infectious. When combined with peppermint, healing is increased and infection and pain is decreased. Repels parasites and calms nervous system. May be helpful for masses and tumors.
Frankincense: Safer, gentle oil that is a favorite for smaller pets and birds. Used in every aspect of pet care: wounds, tumors, behavior, infections, bacteria and fungal control. Dilution recommended with lavender.
Peppermint: Use with PanAway for any injury. Most used oil for overheated horses and dogs, provides cooling quickly. Used on long hikes, placing a drop in water for internal cooling. Peppermint must be diluted for cats, 1 part oil to 4 parts vegetable oil
Purifying Blend: Use for parasites such as fleas, ticks and mosquitos for dog and horse. Dilute 75% for cats. For birds, mist the cage with oil instead of applying directly to the bird.
Frankincense & Spruce Blend: Useful for all pets for fear, behavior and training. Especially useful for pet rescue. Use for skin masses, itching, allergies and infections. Diffuse or apply topically. Place around collar or leash.
Tangerine/Ylang Ylang & Tansy Blend: Main calming blend of this collection. Use for fear, anxiety, behavior problems, car rides, excitement. Builds confidence.
PainAway Blend: Best oil blend for injury. Can be used with cats if diluted. Used for urinary issues, osteo-arthritis pain, dental extraction or post surgery. Use topically in warm compresss, in raindrop technique or vita-flex points on feet.
Cinnamon/Clove/Rosemary/Lemon Blend: Strongest anti-infectious blend in this collection. Can be used on all pets if diluted properly. Provides significant pain relief, particularly for dental problems. Has anti-parasitic properties, especially for ticks. Can be used topically to location of injury, vita-flex, raindrop, or internally. Diffuse
Using essential oils on pets is similar to people as there are precautions you should take. Because pets are much smaller, essential oils should be diluted more than for an adult person.
Dilution guidelines: when in doubt contact your DVM.
Horses require minimum to no dilution ( 1 drop essential oil in 1 tsp carrier oil to help disperse)
Dogs: 0-25lbs – 75% dilution (1 drop essential oil to 4 drops carrier oil)
46-75lbs – 50%
76-90lbs – 25-50%
+150lbs – 0-25%
Cats, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles – 75-90%
Birds & Amphibians – 90-95% or hydrosols (1 drop essential oil mixed with water in 8 ounce spray bottle)