Pets

Did you know our furry friends can benefit from essential oils just as human can? Our pets can become stressed, fearful, experience separation anxiety and be vulnerable to outdoor threats.

But before you get too slap happy, here are a few precautions to follow when using essential oils with your pets:

 

Safety tips

  • Always dilute the oils with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil to avoid clogged pores.

  • Dilute more for smaller, older and pregnant dogs.

  • Avoid eyes, nose and nether regions.

  • Do not use essential oils on puppies under 10 weeks of age. Heavily dilute on puppies (3tablespoons carrier oil to one drop EO)

  • Some dogs/cats are more sensitive to oils than others. Test an area or start with heavier dilution and check for any irritations.

  • The use of these strong oils should be avoided: Wintergreen, thyme, clove, cassia, camphor, and oregano.

Cleaning your doggo

  • Add 2 drops of each EO to your pet shampoo for a squeaky clean pooch: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood.

Outdoor threat protection for your pooch

Many essential oils are natural insect repellents and below are examples of inexpensive and effective oils.

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)- Can help deter fleas and soothe the irritation of flea bites.

  • Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica)- Helps to keep fleas and mosquitos at bay whilst keeping your pooch feeling grounded.

  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)- Can help repel lice and fleas while feeling cooling and relaxing.

  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)- Works a treat as a natural bug repellant and can also help ease aching old joints.

  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)- particularly effective to ward off flys and mosquitos.



Calming your pet

  • Our pets don't like to feel stressed, just as we don't. This spray works well for overwhelmed pets and can be applied to your pets back or bedding during or prior to stressful situations; 20 drops Lavender, 10 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Vetiver (Omit for Cats), 5 drops Frankincense, Top off with distilled water or fractionated coconut oil.

  • Lavender is well known for its sedative properties. Apply a couple of drops of lavender EO to the pads of your pets feet. Use carrier oil if needed.

  • Diffuse a 2-4 drops (per 100ml of water) of Lavender in the diffuser, leaving a door or window open for ventilation.

 



DISCLAIMER:

We are not veterinarians. None of these remedies should take place of veterinary care. We have provided some holistic/natural options or adjuncts (in addition to veterinary care) for the care of your pets.

References

http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/

https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/essential-oils

Modern Essentials - A contemporary guide to the use of therapeutic essential oils