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Essential Oils for Dogs and Cats

This information is copied from a doTERRA handout and was developed with Janet Roark, DVM

When used correctly, Essential oils can be beneficial for our pets and without negative side effects or unnatural additives.

** First Research the oil you’re using to know exactly how you should use it! Talk to a veterinarian that has experience using essential oils on animals.

Dilution Ratios:

In general, its best to start with a more diluted Essential Oil when introducing that topically to your pet. You can always increase the concentration if the desired effect is not reached., but it is difficult to remove an essential oil once it has already been absorbed.

As always each animal is unique that your pet may be more sensitive than others. Observe their behavior and they will tell you!

Here are some general guidelines to help you when starting out using essential oils topically with your pet.  (CO = Carrier Oil)  ( EO = Essential Oil)

  • Puppies under 8 Weeks & Cats:   CO 250 drops – 2 drop of EO
  • Dogs under 20 lbs & Elderly dogs: CO  85-100 drops – 1 drop of EO
  • Dogs over 20 lbs:  CO 50 drops – 1 drop of EO
  • Hot Oils: CO 100 drops – 1 drop of EO

TIP:  Coconut Oil is an exceptional carrier oil and beneficial for improving general health and digestion, prevention and treatment of yeast and fungal infections, disinfecting wounds, clarifying and calming skin allergies and dryness, reduces arthritis pain and ligament problems. It is also hydrating to the skin to add 1/4 Tbsp per every 10 lb of body weight twice daily in their food.

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Ways your pet can benefit from Essential Oils:

Aromatic:

  • Diffusion
  • Spray into the air (usually diluted)
  • Direct inhalation: Put a drop of oil on your hands and allow the animal to inhale
  • On a cloth, cotton ball, or tissue near the animal or on its bedding
  • Hot Water/Steam: 1-2 drops of Essential Oil in hot water
  • Humidifier: be sure to use one that is safe to apply Essential Oils into
  • Fan /air filter Place a drop of oil on a cotton ball and insert into a fan near the animal or directly on the air filter in your home.

Topical:

Dilute with a carrier oil before apply topically. Never apply in or near genitals, nose, eyes, or face as it can be to overwhelming for there senses.

  • Direct application: place a drop of oil on your hands and rub them together, than pet along the spine of the animal or even pet the hair backwards.
  • Massage: circular motions or massage technique after applying an oil to your hands.
  • Reflexology points: between the paw pads on the back paws.
  • Apply to the tips of ears (Not for long eared dogs)
  • Apply directly on the area of intrest
  • Mix a drop in their shampoo to apply during a bath
  • Apply 1 drop of essential oil in 2  cups of ice water for a cold compress or hot water for a hot compress. and soak a natural cloth in the water, wring out than apply to the area of interest.
  • Using rollerballs directly on the animal can lead to contamination and should be avoided.

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Internal:

Oils that indicate they are for internal use on the label may be given internally. It is generally not recommended that you give more that 1-2 drop internally at any one time.

  • 1-2 drops in a capsule with a carrier oil
  • Mix with food (Wet food works best)
  • Place a drop on your finger and wait until mostly dry, rub the residue on pets’ gums
  • 1 drop essential oil per 2 cups of drinking water (not recommended for cats)

In a natural toothpaste (not containing Xylitol) using 1 drop essential oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough water to make paste. Only use a dab of this to brush teeth to maintain oral hygiene.

Essential Oil Safety:

  • When diffusing, always allow the animal the ability to roam freely about the space (i.e.: keep door open). Allowing they to get away from the scent if they choose.
  • Use Only Therapeutic Grade essential oils
  • Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying topically. Dilute heavily at first and add oils in small increments. Observe your pet. Add more oils if needed.
  • Observe your pet’s behavior when using or diffusing essential oils. Discontinue use of an oil if your animal exhibits signs of distress, drools, squints, rubs their face, vocalizes, pants, has muscle tremors, starts shaking, vomits, has diarrhea, or has skin irritation following application of an oil.
  • Research your pets’ health status and medications they are taking currently
  • Do not use oils in, on or near your animals’ eyes, ears, nose or genitals. If you accidentally get some in their eyes, wipe eye with a tissue that has a few drop of carrier oil – Do Not flush with water
  • Use caution when utilizing essential oils on animals that are frail, have underlying health conditions, pregnant, nursing, young animals, and/or on certain medications or epileptic.
  • Use a water diffuser rather than one that pulls oils directly from the bottle
  • Don’t use essential oils at the some time as a topical medications, including dermal patches and topical flea and tick treatments.
  • Never use or give your pet any product containing Xylitol, including toothpaste or essential oil beadlets.
  • For dogs with long ears, don’t use essential oils on the tips of their ear, as the oil may get in their eyes if they shake their head.
  • Don’t panic if your pet has skin irritation or an adverse reaction. Most of these resolve with dilution within 24 hours. However, call your veterinarian for any emergency.

Precautions & Essential oils to Avoid:

Essential Oils to AVOID with Dogs:

  • Birch
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Wintergreen
  • Soothing Blend

Use CAUTION with “hot” oils

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Essential Oils to AVOID with Cats: (Topically & Internally)

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Birch
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Tangerine
  • Wintergreen

Medical & Health Precautions:

If your pet is epileptic or has seizures avoid these oils:

  • Basil
  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

TIP: For a seizing animal open Frankincense and put a drop on the skin between the paw pad or topically at the base of the skull. It should help them come out of the seizure more quickly.

If your pet is on an anti-diabetic drug, avoid these oils with carefully monitoring blood glucose:

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Leomongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Oregano
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

If your pet has a clotting or bleeding disorder or are taking any anitcoagulant AVOID these oils:

  • Wintergreen
  • Blue Tansy
  • Birch
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Thyme
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

Oils to AVOID during pregnancy:

  • Arborvitae
  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • the blends that contain any of these oils

Recipe:

Dry / Powder Shampoo

Also helps repel ticks and other pest! Safe for all species!

For Dark Colored fur:

  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

For Light colored fur:

  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

Powder for Litter Boxes:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 4-5 drops Essential Oil (Recommend: Lavender, either Eucalyptus, or Geranium)

**The product statement in this kit have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease

Resources:

This information is copied from a doTERRA handout and was developed with Janet Roark, DVM and is copyrighted ©2016 EO Tools. UPC Code 6 02045 32105 0

Michele Buckler doTERRA Essential Oil Website

For additional Pet Kits, Recipes and Supplies Visit www.EO.Tools

Visit Janet Roark’s website and Facebook page

Michele will be caring some of these oils in the store on a regular basis at Sand N Stones in Lewes, DE   Follow Sand N Stones Facebook Page and Wellness and Laughter Yoga Facebook Page and follow our blog posts

Another good resource for Pet Wellness and Essential Oils look into these books….

SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats 2014 by Mia K. Frezzo, Jan C. Jeremias

The Healing Power of Essential Oils: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way Mar 13, 2018 by Eric Zielinski D.C.

Also check out my Hemp Worx CBD Oil Pet Care Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author:

Today, I am enjoying simpler things, like spending time with my love ones, wire wrapping gemstones and sea glass, leading Wellness Laughter Yoga classes in Milford and Lewes, and taking pictures of the world around me. Most of my "spare" time is walking the beaches of Delmarva picking up Sea Glass, Sea Pottery, Delaware Bay Diamonds, Beach Stones, and Shells. I have a shop, Sand N Stones, in Lewes, Delaware where I sell my wire wrapped jewelry, and my photographs, along with Delaware and Nature gifts. When I think of Delaware, I think of the history that this wonderful state offers and the many State Parks where I spend countless hours walking and photographing my surroundings.