Essential Oils & Pets
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, treat or diagnose any condition. Please refer to your veterinarian or other health care provider.
Our pets are [typically] smaller than we are – DO NOT apply a lot of oils on them. One drop is plenty for a good sized dog.
Do Not apply citrus, beramont, eucalyptus, or Melaleuca (tea tree) oils on cats.
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.
Do NOT use Melaleuca (Tea Tree) on cats, dogs, or birds no matter how diluted. Especially, do NOT put other brands of Melaleuca oil on pets at all as they are quite toxic to pets.
A cats' liver processes essential oils differently than a human or dog liver. Thus, it is wise to use extremely dilute mixtures with cats - avoiding Melaleuca and the citrus essential oils all together on or around cats.
Dogs, cats, and birds have a keen sense of smell - never leave an animal in an enclosed room with a diffuser running for longer than 10 minutes.
Never put essential oils in a fish tank!
Never put essential oils (even diluted) on or near eyes, nose, or into the ear!
Never force an animal to allow you to put essential oils on them.
Always dilute essential oils with a high quality carrier oil such as Young Living's V-6.
Never try to dilute essential oils with water - always dilute with a carrier oil.
Important Note: Please refer to dilution chart in the Oils & Pets brochure - more is NOT better when using essential oils! Young Living essential oils are extremely potent and must always be used mindfully and with care.
Natural Pet Care with Young Living Essential Oils
The therapeutic benefits of essential oils are meant for every member of the family, including pets. Whether your best friend is in need of a bath, a mood boost, or suffering from minor skin irritation, Young Living has pet-friendly solutions. Please read carefully so you and your pet will have positive experiences - this information refers to Young Living essential oils, do not expect to get the same results using other brands.
Young Living Essential Oils - only the best for your pet
We're willing to do most anything for our pets - especially when it comes to health care. But more and more pet owners are becoming dissatisfied with conventional therapies. As a result, there has been a growing interest in alternative treatments - aromatherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Reiki, and energy healing all of which when used in conjunction with YL essential oils can enhance overall results significantly.
Additionally, to cater to the alternative clientele, many veterinarians are also turning to Young Living oils. Essential oils can be used on animals much the same way they are used with humans. It is recommended that you follow a veterinarian's care in diagnosing specific conditions.
Using YL Oils Safely with Pets
To gain a better understanding of how to use essential oils safely with pets you need to consider how they are used with humans. Typically it is recommended that an adult begin slowly when starting to use essential oils, so the same procedure should be followed when you begin using oils with your pet.
It is always best to start with a more diluted mixture and observe how the individual pet will respond, and never exceed 2 drops of YL essential oil unless advised by your veterinarian.
Always practice these tips with your pet ~
Dilute your YL essential oils with a carrier oil, such as V-6 when using them topically (starting with 1-3 drops of a YL essential oil diluted with one teaspoon to one tablespoon of V-6 Massage oil, a carrier oil)
Consider the size of the animal, smaller ALWAYS means 'less' (For instance, a three pound dog will certainly need a much more diluted mixture - perhaps 1 drop of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of V-6.)
Consult a veterinarian whenever there is a health issue
Additional Young Living Popular Products for Pets
AnimalScentsª Shampoo: Cleans, conditions, and protects your pet's coat without harmful ingredients. Tip: add a few drops of Palo Santo for fleas and tick repellant.
AnimalScentsª Ointment: A protective and soothing salve formulated for external use on animals (and people too!). This ointment is terrific for topical bites, stings, wounds, and to seal in an essential oil that has been used.
Essential Oils Pet Care Kit
Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess of Madison, Wisconsin, recommends that every pet owner carry an essential oil care kit for pets. Based on her experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Hess suggests these Young Living essential oil blends to keep pets feeling their best.
Peace & Calming® essential oil blend: Ideal for stress, fear, anxiety, and similar conditions, Peace & Calming blend can help calm your pet. If the pet is injured, Peace & Calming blend can relax the animal enough to administer other treatments. It can also be used on cats that are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or that excessively groom themselves.
Purification® essential oil blend: Useful for external parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Thieves® essential oil blend: Perfect for minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations, Thieves blend can also be used for dental concerns. It is safe for kittens and puppies.
Melrose™ essential oil blend: Used in conjunction with R.C. and Raven blends, Melrose blend provides respiratory support and can also be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations if Thieves blend can't be tolerated.
R.C.™ essential oil blend: Ideal for respiratory and urinary tract support, R.C blend is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, when conventional therapies fail. (It can be paired with Raven blend for added support.)
Raven™ essential oil blend: Used for respiratory and urinary tract support, Raven blend is more powerful than R.C. blend and features essentials oils not found in the latter. Combined, the two oils are highly effective.
Di-Gize™ essential oil blend: Gastrointestinal systems respond well to this blend. Nutmeg and ginger can be added for additional support.
PanAway® essential oil blend: Valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This oil blend can be used alone or in addition to other essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the oils.
Relieve It™ essential oil blend: Especially beneficial for relieving discomfort, Relieve It blend can be alternated with PanAway blend.