ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE FOR PETS? LET’S DISCUSS THE DO’S AND DONT’S ABOUT USING ESSENTIAL OILS ON YOUR PETS.
This blog post was a long time coming and I would have saved myself some time if I would of wrote it sooner. Let’s just say, I get asked this very question all.the.time. Don’t get my wrong, I appreciate the questions and suggestions, I am here for you and want to write what you want to read!
If you search this topic on google you will get an array of answers that are all over the board. Today, I am going to share my thoughts and research on the subject.
We live on a 3 acre lot in a small neighborhood. We have 2 puppies and 15 chickens. I have turned to essential oils when we had sick chicks and when our dogs were covered in ticks during the summer time. Though I don’t use oils on them often, I am glad I have them when I need them! When I went outside to grab a few pictures of the pups for this post I found out that they were scared of my camera. Ha! I am not sure why but they wouldn’t come near me and had their tails in between their legs. It was quite comical!
ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE FOR PETS VIDEO
ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE FOR PETS?
Yes and no! First we have to remember that not all essential oils are created equal. If you have been hanging around here for awhile, you know where I am going with this, feel free to skip the next couple of paragraphs.
Here is the thing, essential oils are not regulated by the FDA so you can’t really trust the labels. You actually have to do your own research and really dig deep into how your oil is sourced and the testing it goes through. A lot of oils you find at local stores and on amazon can be fake, diluted with water, or have adders, fillers, and contaminates . You can learn more about why I choose DoTERRA here.
If you are using high quality essential oils that are free of adders, fillers, and contaminates then YES essential oils can be used safely on your pets. But there are a few things to know before doing so!
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY FOR PETS?
You can use essential oils topically, aromatically, and internally with your pet, if using the safety guidelines listed below. It is not recommend to use essential oils on puppies or kittens under 10 week of age.
If you follow the safety tips listed below, you can use essential oils topically on your pets.
Essential oils are very powerful, potent, and concentrated. When using essential oils topically on your pets, always dilute. In fact, animals can’t metabolize essential oils as fast as we can, so we need to dilute them even further for our furry friends.
AVOID EYES, NOSE, EARS, AND GENITAL AREA
You should never apply essential oils near or in the animal’s eye. Or in the animal’s ears, nose, or genital area. You can apply diluted essential oil on the outside of the ear, in fact that is a great place to apply it when trying to calm your pet. Just be sure to avoid getting the essential oil in the ears.
HOW TO APPLY
- DOWN THE SPINE- Apply diluted essentail oil along the spine of the animal and message into the fur.
- ON THE EARS- Apply diluted essential oil on the outside of the ears or behind the ears.
- ON THE PAWS- Just like humans applying essential oils to the bottom of the feet, you can apply essential oils to your pets paw.
- AREA OF CONCERN- If your pet as a skin issue or cut you are trying to cleanse or purify you can apply essential oils diluted, directly to the spot.
Remember that most of your pets, especially dogs, have a more sensitive sense of smell. Let your pet be the judge, they will let you know if they like the scent or not. Just like humans, they can prefer certain aromas over others. You can experience with different oils and see how they react and how they benefit from them.
- DIFFUSERS- Most essential oils are safe to diffuse in your home while your pets are around. However, your pets may not prefer some of your more stronger scented oils.
- DIRECTLY- Humans can benefit from inhaling an essential oil straight out of a bottle or out of the palm of their hands, pets can not. They should not inhale essential oils without being diluted in a diffuser or carrier oil first.
- COLLARS OR BED- Another great way to use essential oils aromatically for your pets is by dropping an essential oil on their collar or their bed.
This method should only be used if recommended or okayed by your vet. Also remember that you can only ingest essential oils that are high quality and free of contaminates. I talk more about that here. If you feel comfortable with this method it is recommend to only use one drop of essential oil per use.
- WET FOOD- Add one drop of essential oil to a cup of wet dog food.
- VEGGIE CAPSULE- You can add a drop of essential oil to a veggie capsule and place the capsule in the dog food bowl.
- WATER- It is recommend to use one drop of essential oil to two cups of drinking water.
ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES FOR PETS
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon unscented castile soap (I use this brand.)
- 1/2 teaspoon glycerin (Find it here.)
- 3 drops roman chamomile essential
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop cedarwood essential oil
- Add all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl, stir until well combined.
- Pour into a airtight container for storage. I keep mine in a glass mason jar.
- Apply 1 tablespoon down the pets spine and massage into the fur. You may use more on a larger pet if needed.
- After lathering your pet you can rinse them off with water.
FLEA AND TICK SPRAY
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (You can find it here.)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 drop cedarwood essential oil
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 1 drop thyme essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients together in a glass spray bottle, shake well.
- You can spray this directly on the pets fur, be sure to avoid getting in eyes and ears. OR you can spray your pets collar with the solution.
PET CALMING SPRAY
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops roman chamomile essential oil
- 2 drops vetiver essential oil
- Drop the essential oils into a 8 ounce glass spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with water.
- Shake well before each use.
ESSENTIAL OILS TO AVOID
Here is a list of oils that may not be safe to use on your pets:
- Juniper Berry
- Melaleuca (Avoid using melaleuca on cats!)
These are essential oils with strong scents that your pets might not enjoy. Listen to your pet and see how they respond.
Have you ever used essential oils on your pets? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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