ESSENTIAL OILS AND ANIMALS

0 Posted by - June 12, 2016 - Recipes

Ask any loving pet owner if animals are part of the family and you’ll hear an emphatic “Yes!” for the reply. Animals are part of the family. They bring a unique joy to your home, their sloppy kisses and companionship help get you through the tough times and their individual personalities share in the good times.  Naturally you want what’s best for your pet, especially when it comes to their health.  What better way to help sustain your pet’s health than with essential oils. 


There are many ways to introduce oils to your pets. It’s important to remember that all animals respond differently to essential oils. When introducing your animals to oils use very little oil and make sure the oils are extremely diluted with a carrier oil. Most animals are very sensitive to odors and extremely concentrated oils can create a negative experience for a pet. Remember to take it slow and let a your pet become accustomed to the new scent. Always be sure to observe their behavior during this process. If your pet becomes agitated and doesn’t settle down after a few minutes, the oil might not be right for them. Use common sense and good judgment whenever you’re introducing a new oil.  Always discuss any pet oil application with your veterinarian before you share with your pets.  Here are a few tips for introducing your pets to essential oils.

Indirect Contact

Sometimes the best way to transition a pet to an oil is first making the oil part of a familiar environment. A good practice includes wearing the oils first before touching or applying them to your pet so your pet can become used to the new scent.  You can also diffuse the oils in your pets space so they become familiar with the smell without direct contact. A good way to bridge between indirect and direct application is to apply no more than a drop safely to your hands and rub thoroughly until only a slight residue remains.  Then approach and stroke your pet in a familiar way, letting them get used to the oil smell on your hand. AVOID high sensitivity areas on your pet like the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Be sure to carefully observe your pet’s behavior and stop the introduction if they become agitated. 

Apply Directly

Once your pet has become familiar with an oil and they respond positively to its presence you can begin applying oils and oil blends directly to your pet.  Paws are a great location for topical application, specifically for cats and dogs. For hoofed animals, apply the oil or blend to the spin or flanks. Another application technique that can be used is to rub oils onto your own hands and stroke the animal’s fur. Misting and spraying can be done when applying cleaning or insect repellent blends. Use caution when using the spray method on your pet; avoid areas of high sensitivity like the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.  Be sure to use a carrier oil along with a glass spray bottle when mixing oils. Always follow the oils directed use when applying to your pets.

Internally

Animals with digestion or bowel issues can benefit greatly from essential oil therapy. Once again, caution is key. Use common sense and never give your pet an essential oil you wouldn’t be comfortable with using yourself. Add a few drops as direct to your pet’s food or water. As with any oil, some pets may react differently to different oils. Be sure to monitor your pets behavior closely when trying a new oil, especially when it comes to ingestion.


Always use caution and prudent judgment when it comes to your pets and oils. Be sure to use all available reference guides and booklets for pet’s and essential oil use. With the right information and quality essential oils, you can help your furry friends get the most out of essential oils!

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