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Have you been wanting to try out essential oils, but fear they are dangerous for your pets?  Don’t be scared!  Yes, there are a few things to keep in mind around your pets, but there are also SO MANY uses of essential oils for them too!

 

Safety 101

First of all, we have 2 dogs and a cat and have been diffusing oils around them daily.  Please read some tips we list out below, but also use this information to spark research for yourself!

  • Only use a few drops of oil in the diffusor at first. You can start to add more drops when you feel everyone is handling it fine.
  • As a general rule of thumb, keep an eye on your pet after an oil has been diffused, or used on them. Has their behaviour changed or are they acting strange?  If so, stop using the essential oil immediately.  DO NOT RINSE THEM WITH WATER.  Water will drive the oil into them deeper, instead use a carrier oil on the area, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
  • If you plan to diffuse an oil, make sure your pet can get out of the room. Do not lock them in a room with a diffuser.  If they do not like the scent, or it they feel it is bothering them, they will most likely leave the area.
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil is very toxic to cats. Do not diffuse this oil or any of the blends (Purification and Melrose) around them.
  • Never use low quality essential oils around your pets. When used correctly, Young Living essential oils are safe and can offer awesome health benefits!

 

DIY Recipes for Pets – Our Favorites!,

So how do we use essential oils for our pets?? Other than them enjoying the same diffuser blends as us, we also have a few DIY sprays.  Each made with a 2oz spray bottle.  We spray our hands and then rub our dogs coat.

Bug Repellent Spray – this helps out a lot for summer nights’ outside.  We have also used this blend for ourselves and the kids!

15 drops Lavender
15 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Eucalyptus
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp vodka or rubbing alcohol
¼ tsp vegetable glycerine (optional, but helps keep everything combined)

Top with distilled water

Anxious/Separation Anxiety Spray – This is used mostly for our older dog who does not like it when I travel.  I have friends who use this to calm pets during storms/fireworks.

20 drops Lavender
10 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Vetiver
5 drops Frankincense

Top with distilled water

Young Livings Exclusive Line of Animal Products

Yes, Young Living has its own line of products aimed at your pets, Animal Scents!  Doesn’t that make the choice even easier?!?!  They currently carry 6 essential oil blends to support animals on a wide spectrum according to their common animal needs.  Plus, each is labelled with how you can safely and effectively use it on your pet.

Animal Scents Repelaroma – to help keep your pet bug free outside!

Animal Scents T-Away – to sooth your pet (think car rides, thunderstorms, vet visits, baths, fireworks)

Animal Scents Paragize – to aid digestion

These last three essential oils work best when used all together and are known as the Three-Part System. This system can be used to help your pet heal from minor cuts or skin irritations

  • Animal Scents PuriClean – helps to cleanse the area
  • Animal Scents InfectAway – helps to support the immune system
  • Animal Scents Mendwell – helps to support the skin

Other products in this line are:

Cat Treats

Dental Pet Chews

Ointment

Shampoo

 

Do you use essential oils around your pet?  What works best for them?  Please share below!

 

 

Please ensure you refer to the following guide when diffusing oils around children and animals.

If you’d like to sign up for a Young Living membership, follow this link. A Young Living membership is a great way to get into the world of Essential Oils and allows you to get a 24% discount off many popular oils!  Read more about this great membership in our post here.  Please let us know how we can support you in beginning an Essential Living Life.

As a reminder, essential oils are not guaranteed to work the same for everyone. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your specific situation. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any essential oils have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

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