**I am not a veterinarian. None of the recommendations in this post are meant to take place of veterinary care, especially for serious health issues**

If you’re a lover of essential oils like me, I know you’ll be excited at the idea of using them to benefit your beloved furry ones. Because of the differences in physiology, dogs and cats, as well as other animals, metabolise essential oils differently. This is why it’s important to do your research before attempting to use them on your pets.

For starters, the purity and quality of the essential oils you use matters! Be sure your essential oils are truly of a pure, therapeutic grade with the following criteria: they do not contain synthetics, additives, or artificial ingredients of any kind; they do not come from plants exposed to pesticides or herbicides or grown in soils containing toxins; and they do not contain chemicals because they were improperly distilled. Bear in mind that our pets are far more sensitive to all of these factors than we are.

I ONLY ever use dōTERRA oils due to their purity and efficacy. The CPTG certification guarantees me of this, and there is more than enough proof out there to prove that these are in fact the best oils in the world. For more information on this, visit: Source to You 

SOME WARNINGS AND TIPS

  1. If an Essential Oil irritates the skin, add fractionated coconut oil or milk. DO NOT use water as it will drive the oil faster and deeper into the tissues.
  2. If essential oil gets in the eye, use milk to wash it out.
  3. Use care when putting oils around your pets face as this can be very overwhelming to them.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DOGGIES

TOP 12 GO TO OILS FOR DOGS:

  1. Lavender – calming
  2. Frankincense – soothing
  3. Helichrysum – healing
  4. Lemongrass – cleansing
  5. Peppermint – energising
  6. Eucalyptus – wellness
  7. Lemon – focus
  8. DigestZEN – digestive issues
  9. TerraShield – insect repellent
  10. On Guard – protective immune support
  11. Peace – calming
  12. Balance – grounding

Puppies under 3 months or dogs under 5kg will require their oils to be heavily diluted. 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil.

Using essential oils on your pets can be a fantastic way to support them emotionally and physically. My mum’s dogs get terrible anxiety during storms. Diffusing Lavender and Peace in the house, and rubbing Lavender into their spine is something that really helps to bring down their stress levels and can sometimes even result in them falling asleep.

Another dog I know has absolutely awful digestive issues. His owner now has a blend made up for him using DigestZEN and fractioned coconut oil. It gets added into his food and is also rubbed on his belly daily. I’ve never seen him so happy since she started doing this.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR PUSSY CATS

TOP 12 GO TO OILS FOR CATS: 

  1. Lavender – calming
  2. Frankincense – soothing and healing
  3. Arborvitae – peaceful and grounding
  4. Cardamom – oil of objectivity
  5. Cedarwood – oil of community
  6. Marjoram – oil of connection
  7. Lemongrass – cleansing
  8. Eucalyptus – wellness
  9. Helichrysum – healing
  10. Geranium – truth, love & great for itchies
  11. Myrhh – oil of mother earth
  12. Sandalwood – oil of sacred devotion

Cats are even more sensitive than dogs to the effects of essential oils so please exercise caution. Remember that ‘less is more’, especially when it comes to our pets. Dilution is always recommended.

It is particularly important to know that a number of essential oils are in fact toxic to cats, including all citrus oils. Be aware that using oils on your pets will not ‘cure’ them, but they will support their body at a cellular level to better respond to health issues.

DIFFUSING

Diffusing is the best way to support your animals emotional issues such as stress, fear, anxiety, and depression.
Why? Smelling essential oils is the best way to get them to the brain’s limbic system, which controls emotions.

Take note that dogs and cats have a much stronger sense of smell than us and that sometimes 4-5 drops can be enough for them, otherwise they may become overwhelmed.

USING ESSENTIAL OILS ON YOUR PETS FOR THE FIRST TIME

My recommendation to anyone wanting to use essential oils on their pets is to do their research. Cats and dogs are much more sensitive than us and require a lot more knowledge to make sure you are not harming them in the process.

I recommend starting with this book: Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats by Skye Patterson 

Another great book is this one: Spoil Your Pet 

If you’d like to learn about using Essential Oils for other pets such as horses, there are books and information out there for these too.

FUN FACT: Roman Chamomile and Peppermint are illegal in horse riding 🐴. Why? Because peppermint increases oxygen in the blood and helps them to run faster, and chamomile helps to keep them calm in the gate. So why are they illegal? Because they REALLY work 👍🏼

For recipes and oils for specific health issues start with the books above. They have everything you need.

xx Ash

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