Essential Oils and Pet Safety

"We love our pets! They are family members, and they deserve only the best. We strive to give our pets the longest, healthiest lives possible and believe that the key to longevity is prevention of illness and maintenance of good health." SpOIL Your Pet 

Keeping our pets happy and healthy

People can have sensitivities to essential oils and so can our pets! The goal is to help you navigate what is safe to use and in the quanties recommended for optimizing their benefits. We will myth bust and show you specifics on how you can start using essential oils with your pets today! 

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Why you would want to use essential oils for your pets

  • Essential Oils can be an incredible support in pet health.
  • Diffusing Essential Oils can help create a calm enviornment.
  • Essential Oils offer complementary therapy to treatments.
  • Essential Oils help to support occasional upset stomach, joint discomfort, and much more.

Navigating Pet Safety is our top priority

If you are anything like me, you would rather air on the side of caution when it comes to those we love. Whether in human or in animal form, safety before trial. I will always have pets in my home and they will always be cared for first with natural products, such as essential oils and supplements. Knowing what and how to use them, and for what body areas to support, is the key. Here is your guide in keeping them naturally well. 

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The 3 ways to use oils for your pets

Topically: 1-2 drops (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) is plenty for any pet. 1 drop for a smaller dog and cats. 2 drops for larger dogs. Put the oils in the palm of your hand and rub them together, then simply pet your animal. With cats, allow the oils to absorb longer on your hands before petting them. If needed for targeting health, pet your animal where support is needed, ie their belly, joints, etc.  Small, frequent doses are best. Overall support can be applied to their paws, top of neck and back. 

Aromatically: Using an ultasonic water based diffuser will break the oil particals up so small that you and your pet will not only receive the benefit of the aroma, but as well, you will recieve the benefit of the desired oil chosen. ie Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, etc. has known scentific calming benefits, especially when inhaled. 

Internally: Using the oils orally is an effective way to support your dog. It is NOT recommended for cats to use essential oils orally, as they metabolize oils differently than dogs and people do. A very simple way to add essential oils to your dogs diet is to add it to their food &/or water (if cats do not have access to it). I love using Frankincense and Copaiba in their food and a few drops of Lemon oil in their water. If my dogs immune system is compromised, I add On Guard in their water as well. You can even put a drop or two into an empty veggie capsule filling the rest with fractionated coconut oil and hide it into their moist dog treats. Pro tip; I use pocket pouch treats. 

The no-no's: Never use essential oils directly in your pets eyes or ears. If oil accidentally gets into these sensitive areas, DO NOT use water, but instead you want to flush the area with fractionated coconut oil or olive oil immediately. 

*These recommendations offered are only for dōTERRA essential oils as they are the only Certified Pure Tested Grade, passing through all the purity and sourcing qualties needed to guarentee safety. 

Can you diffuse around cats? 

The short answer is YES! With that, there are certain oils such as Tea Tree that can be dangerous to your cat IF injested, used topically in large quanties undiluted and/or diffused while locked in a small room with no option for escape. Though there are so many reasons why you would want to diffuse essential oils around your pets. Here are the safety precautions to be sure you are always following with any pet:

1. Pay attention to how your pet responds to certain essential oils. If they are responding negatively, keep that particular oil in a room with better ventalation. 

2. Never leave a diffuer running in the same space as your pet without an option for them to leave the room. 

3. Use common sense. 
*These recommendations offered are only for dōTERRA essential oils as they are the only Certified Pure Tested Grade, passing through all the purity and sourcing qualties needed to guarentee safety. 

Essential oils that are commonly recommended for pets

1. Bergamot: known for its emotional benefits as uplifting and energizing. A great oil for pet stress. This beautiful citrus oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to help aid in the natual healing of urinary tract infections, and skin care. 
2. Cedarwood: known for its calming effects. A great oil to promote relaxation and restfullness. This oil has a high amount of the natural chemical, cedrol which has been found to aid in skin recovery. 
3. Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Lemon: known for there uplifting and stimulating effects. Great oils to promote the release of seretonin. Highly effective in the aid of white blood cells, and healthy immune and cellular responses.
4. Roman Chamomile and Lavender: known for its calming and relaxing benefits. Great for occational stomach upset, skin conditions, insect bites, stress, restlessness. These oils have been shown to help aid in relaxation.
5. Cypress: known for its circulatory benefits. A great oil for lymphatic drainage, strengthening capillary walls, and wounds. Use this oil to aid in natural healing of the organs. 
6. Eucalyptus: known for its respriratory support. A great oil for seasonal and environmental threats. This oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties to help aid in immune support, and can even be used to repel insects. 
7. Frankincense: known for its biblical referance. A great oil for just about everything including, supporting a healthy cellular response, respriatory support, sad feeling, strenghthening focus, and much more. When in doubt, whip Frank out. 
8. Geranium: known for its antiseptic qualities. A great oil to aid in healthy hormonal balance and inflammatory response. Use this oil for skin benefits and healthy ear support. 
9. Helichrysum: known for its renewal and calming effects on tissue. Great oil for respriatory support, occational joint and muscle support, and skin and brain health. Use this oil to aid in blood circulation and heart health.
10. Lemongrass: known for its thyroid support. Great oil to for normal hormonal balance, aid in occational joint and muscle discomfort. Use this oil as an effective natural support for antifungal issues, and pest deterant. 
11. Tea Tree: known for its antifungal and antiseptic support. Great oil for a healthy immune response, hair health, cleansing and soothing properties. Use this oil for occational wound care and skin conditions (Not a recommended oil to use for cats).
12. Myrrh: known for its healthy immune repsonse. A great oil to promote normal blood circulation, healthy tissue cell regeneration. Use this oil as an antimicrobial, great to aid in wound care. 
13. Oregano: known for its natual antibiotic support. A great oil for healthy inflammatory response and aiding the support of a healthy immune response. Use this hot oil as an effective support as an antiparasitic aid. 
14. Peppermint: known for its digestive properties. A great oil for seasonal threats and respriatory support. Use this versatile oil for occational stomach discomfort, head tension and aid in clear breathing.
15. Sandalwood: known to help calm the mind. A great oil for occational feelings of saddness and stress. Use this oil to promote feelings of calmness and aid in supporting healthy skin. 
16. Wintergreen: known for its natural relief. A great oil to use topically for head tension, and occasional muscle and joint relief. Use this strong oil in places on your pet where they can not lick it off. 
17. Ylang Ylang: known for its ability to increase feelings of calmness. A great oil to help reduce anxiousness, anger and fear. Use this oil during times of stress, ie fireworks, car rides, guest visits and more. 
*These recommendations offered are only for dōTERRA essential oils as they are the only Certified Pure Tested Grade, passing through all the purity and sourcing qualties needed to guarentee safety. 

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