Essential Oils for Pets

  • Nov 10, 2020
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Essential Oils for Pets

We all want the best for our pets. Using essential oils with your cats and dogs is safe and can improve their quality of life. While oils are safe for pets, you should still research and read what is and is not safe for pets. What's safe for your dog may not be safe for your cat and vice versa.
Unfortunately, your pets can't talk. When you give them oils, you must closely observe them and make sure the oils don't bother them. 
The Essential Oils for Pets Guidebook by Janet Roark has all the information you need so that you can safely administer essential oils to your pet. We highly recommend her book if you want to dive deeper into this subject.
Janet Roark is a veterinarian and the owner of Hill Country Mobile Veterinary Service in Austin, Texas. She started using essential oils for her health after battling physical and emotional struggles related to stress. Janet began using essential oils in her practice after falling in love with them. She has since dedicated herself to educating others about the safe and effective use of essential oils on animals and the people who own and love them.  
Introduce Oils to your Pet Slowly

  • - Allow your pet to choose which oil they prefer.
  • - Introduce the oil with the caps on because pets have a keen nose.
  • - Positive results can be subtle, be observant of their behavior.
  • - Always observe your pet for the first 20 minutes when trying a new oil.
  • - Start with your oils more diluted when introducing essential oils topically to your pet.
  • - You can use these carrier oils: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, etc.
  • - If you do not have the desired effect, increase the concentration, but it is difficult to remove an essential oil once absorbed.
  • - Each animal is different, and your pet may be more or less sensitive to essential oils than others.
 

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Oils to Avoid for your Dog:

  • - Juniper
  • - Yarrow
  • - Anise
  • - Wintergreen
  • - Melaleuca
  • - Thyme
  • - Cinnamon
  • - Clove
  • - Tea Tree
  • - Oregano
  • - Birch
  • - Rosemary
  • - Any blends containing any of these oils

 

Oils to Avoid for your Cat:
 
    • - Peppermint
    • - Bergamot
    • - Grapefruit
    • - Lemon
    • - Lime
    • - Orange
    • - Tangerine

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  • - Basil
  • - Juniper
  • - Birch
  • - Cinnamon
  • - Eucalyptus
  • - Fennel
  • - Tea Tree
  • - Melaleuca
  • - Dill
  • - Clove
  • - Oregano
  • - Thyme
  • - Spearmint
  • - Wintergreen
  • - Cypress
  • - Douglas Fir
  • - Roman Chamomile
  • - Rosemary
  • - White Fir
  • - Vetiver
  • - Any blends containing any of these oils
 
General Tips and Suggestions to Follow with your Pets:
 
        • - Do not use essential oils on or around cats and dogs under eight weeks old. They are developing at fast rates, and it is easy to mess up the proper dilution for each breed.
        • - Do not get essential oils in the eyes of your pet.
        • - Every animal is different, so carefully observe how your animal responds to essential oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try various methods.
        • - Use caution with cats and essential oils. Avoid applying citrus oils topically, diffusing the scent around cats, or having your cat ingest them.
        • - With all animals, avoid using these high-phenol oils (especially with cats): Oregano, Wintergreen, Clove, Mountain Savory, and Thyme.
Resources for Dogs and Cats
 
Even if the oil isn't toxic to your pet, experts recommend, "the less concentrated the oil, the better." If unsure, it's never a bad idea to ask a trusted veterinarian. Once you have done your research and are confident with the essential oils, you can make anything from a flea collar spray to an anxiety spray.
The Dogs Recipe Bi-Fold contains ten recipes that are safe for your dog. When used right, they will have profound health benefits for dogs. Cats are known to be more sensitive to essential oils than dogs. Because of this, you must be more careful with cats when dealing with essential oils. Knowing what to avoid and finding out what your cat likes and doesn't like is very important. The Cats Recipe Bi-Fold will give the therapeutic effects of essential oils. 
 
Final Thoughts

It is common to bring your love of essential oils to your pets. The most important thing you can do to make sure your pets are safe is to do your homework. Research as much as possible and read some books on the subject. The best thing you can do is talk to your veterinarian. Vets are trained professionals and will know your dog's health history, which can give you a lot of valuable information on how essential oils can positively or negatively affect your pet.  

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