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Pets and Essential Oils

December 16, 2006 in Aromatherapy, Did You Know?, Educational, Everyday Oils, Lavender, PanAway, Pets & Essental Oils, Why we should care, Young Living | Tags: Animals and Essential Oils, Cats, Dogs, Essential Oils, Geranium, Horses, Melrose, Purification

If you’ve been wondering if essential oils can be used with most pets, the answer is yes.

However, I must CAUTION you should NOT use regular store-bought essential oils on your pets as they are not pure and could case great damage to your beloved companion.

A reminder, when I refer to essential oils in my blog I ONLY refer to the Young Living oils, because they are AFNOR – ISO quality, in layman terms it means, you can’t get any better. And remember, a little bit goes a very long way.

Here is an excerpt from one of Gary Young’s books and his experiences using essential oils on his animals…

by Gary Young, N.D.

I have raised animals all my life and presently have several miniature horses as well as four teams of draft horses. I also have pygmy goats, barbadoes sheep and llamas at my ranch where I reside. On my 1300 acre herb farm at Whispering Springs in Mona, Utah, I have an animal petting zoo with Bactrian camels. zeeboos from Africa (miniature Bhramas), Watusi cows and bulls, Walleroos (miniature kangaroos), llamas, buffalos, miniature donkeys, as well as horses and goats. As you can see we have a wide variety of animals.

We have used the oils extensively on many of the animals and are continually making discoveries. The animals respond extremely well and we feel they have benefited greatly. In my experience, I have found that animals respond to essential oils much the same as humans. Animals are not as sensitive to the phenol and sesquiterpene constituents so they can be applied “neet” or full strength. One needs only to determine which oils are applicable to the situation and then apply a few drops 3-4 times daily.

Where and How Much to Apply

The amount for small animals, like cats and dogs is like the application for a child: 3-4 drops each time applied. For larger animals, like large dogs apply 6-7 drops, for horses, apply 15-20 drops.

After applying the oils, I have found it beneficial to cover the open wound with Rose ointment, which keeps the skin soft and helps promote the healing. I have applied the oils in the following ways.

Note: treating cats is different than other animals, be sure to avoid using the citrus oils on and around cats.

1. Apply on their paws where absorption is very fast.

2. On cloven hoofed animals, apply on the auricular points of the ears and/or spine or both.

3. Underneath the top lip on the gums and on the tongue.

4. Sprinkle a few drops on the spine and then massage into the skin, just like with humans.

Conditions and Oils Applied

For various problems I have experimented with the following oils and herbal/mineral products:

1. Strangle in horses, I used a combination of the oil blends Exodus II and Melrose together.(4 parts Exodus II to 1 part Melrose.)

2. Ear mites in cats and dogs – Purification blend and peppermint.

3. Ticks and fleas – Tansy and tansy floral water. [Since this was written, there is a new essential oil that I believe is much better than these, Palo Santo.]

4. Tumors- all animals – Frankincense and lavender mixed together, frankincense and clove mixed together.

5. Worms and parasites- all animals – Parafree and DiGize (Young Living products).

6. Open wounds- all animals -Melrose, Helichrysum and gentle care Rose Ointment.

7. Trauma- all animals – Trauma Life, Valor, Peace & calming, Melissa, rosewood, lavender, valerian, and chamomile.

8. Bones- all animals – PanAway, birch or wintergreen, lemongrass and spruce.

9. Nervous anxiety with horses – Valor, Trauma Life, geranium, lavender and valerian.

10. Saddle sores- Melrose and Rose ointment.

11. Mineral deficiencies- Mineral Essence( liquid tincture, taken internally) may help meet the animals needs and when met, they will quit chewing on the furniture and engaging in other undesirable activities.

12. Tissue repair and healing directly on wound – Melrose.

13. May help with pain and stop bleeding – Helichrysum.

14. Healing of wounds and abrasions – Rose Ointment.

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