Your Pets Benefit From Essential Oils Too!
If you are a pet parent, you may be wondering about how the products you use in your home can impact the health and well-being of your 4 legged best friend. You might also want to know how your pet will respond to aromas, like an essential oil diffusing in your home, or to an oil that you have applied topically to yourself. After much research and studies, dōTERRA has found that aromatherapy, using high quality dōTERRA essential oils, can be just as beneficial to your pets as it is for you. Below are some great tips and suggestions on how to incorporate essentials oils to benefit your best buddy.
When using essential oils, for yourself or for your pet, please ALWAYS use only high-quality Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, like dōTERRA. Going to a pharmacy or grocery store, and buying lesser-quality essential oils, is just simply dangerous. Those oils are made with additives and fillers, and are generally diluted with unknown carrier oils that could certainly trigger pet sensitivities, as well as sensitivities within yourself. Most importantly, use common sense.
While there are some essential oils that are discouraged for use with pets, there are many others that can appropriately be used topically on your pets. Here are just a few suggested essential oils you can be rest assured are safe to use:
• Cedarwood, Lemongrass, TerraShield, Arborvitae: Helps repel pests
• Lavender, Myrrh and Frankincense: Help sooth irritations and promote healthy skin and coat
• Clary Sage, Lavender, Serenity: Calms anxious feelings and excitability, great for dogs who have anxious feelings during firework displays, thunder or being separated from their human.
• Peppermint: Soothes joint discomfort, and also helps to repel pests
• Ginger and DigestZen: supports healthy digestion and relieve stomach upsets
• Helichrysum and Lavender: Use topically to help soothe and relieve skin issues
• Copaiba: This essential oil is nothing short of amazing. It's versatility compares to that of Frankincense and it is just as gentle. This oil can be used safely on all species (dilute for dogs, cats, and small animals, reptile and birds.) This oil, high in sesquiterpenes, in particular Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP) supports multiple body systems, including respiratory system, the integumentary system (skin, hair, hooves, and nails), the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, the digestive system, the renal system, as well as the nervous system, brain and spinal cord.
DOGS - Tips & Tricks:
Dogs tolerate oils very well, but dogs vary greatly in size.
• Use tiny amounts of oil for sensitive skin, puppies and toy breeds. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil if needed.
• Follow the directions in your reference books such as SpOil Your Pet.
• A great way to introduce an oil is to let your dog sniff the bottle with the cap on. They have very powerful senses of smell and will let you know if they like it by their reaction. (This type of introduction works great on cats as well)
• Apply oils between toes and on the pad of the foot when doing paw applications.
• The oils do not build up in the system like drugs do so re-apply as needed.
• Avoid getting oils in the eyes. Flush with milk should you need to. Never use water and this advice applies to all species, including the human kind.
Click on the photo below to watch a video demonstrating how to apply diluted essential oils topically to your dog. Apply between the paw pads (if your dog is cooperative about handling their paws), on the ear tips and flaps, along the spine, and on the skin of the belly are all excellent ways to apply diluted therapeutic grade essential oils to your animals.
*NOTE: I can not stress enough that the brand of essential oil you use absolutely DOES matter if you are applying them topically on your animals. PLEASE DO NOT use store-bought or Amazon/eBay purchased oils of any kind on your animals ...NOT EVER!*
CATS - Useful Information and Guidelines
• Cats lack an enzyme called glucuronyl transferase. This is important for the Cytochrome p450 liver metabolism pathway. This makes cats very susceptible to ALL kinds of toxicity, including plant, NSAIDS (like aspirin, ibuprofen and Tylenol), chocolate and caffeine (methylxanthines), lead, zinc, and many, many types of pesticides.
• dōTERRA’s oils are tested by batch and are so pure that you can use them topically on cats sporadically in a highly diluted form (as if for infants). It’s not a good idea to use oils topically or internally on your cat every single day.
• Avoid oils high in phenols and eugenols for direct application (topical or internal) such as, Basil, Birch, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Melaleuca, Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, and Wintergreen as well as oils high in d-limonene which includes all citrus oils.
• It is okay to diffuse everything! Just make sure not to diffuse anything near where a kitty's food is and make sure she’s not “locked” in a room with the diffuser – she will simply walk away if it’s an oil she doesn’t like.
• The main take away is use your common sense, don’t give oils to cats topically or internally *every* day (with some exceptions), dilute them, only use top-grade, thoroughly-tested oils like doTERRA. A little goes a long way and when in doubt, always ask your Veterinarian.
It is with much delight that I am happy to announce that dōTERRA has announced a NEW Veterinary Advisory Board! Looking forward to dōTERRA being able to provide us with much more education on essential oil use and safety for our furry friends! Stay tuned for exciting new updates!