5 Essential Oils for Pets
Essential oils are a fantastic solution to many issues, and a simple, safe and respectful way to keep your dog happy and healthy. Providing a level of support that can help your dog fight itchy skin, anxiety, digestive upset and plenty more, essential oils are a safe alternative to harmful medicines.
Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.
· Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
· Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
· Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
· Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
· Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.
Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.
· Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
· If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.
Some Safe Oils To Consider
Veterinarians are skilled in the diagnosis of disease in animals and should always be consulted — especially in situations where symptoms are severe or persist. Always tell your veterinarian what natural products your pet is using and involve him or her in these decisions.
The following oils can be used in first aid and are safe for short-term use:
· Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure or diluted. Useful in conditioning patients to a safe space. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness, to name a few.
· Cardamom: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn and nausea.
· Helichrysum: Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. Also useful in cardiac disease.
· Frankincense: Has helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system. Has reduced tumors and external ulcers. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use caution).
· Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder. When diluted and used short term, this oil is helpful for many gastrointestinal issues in cats.