Safely Using Essential Oils for Your Pets
Making choices for your pet, is ultimately your responsibility. Choosing an essential oil that is safe for your pet, is entirely dependent upon your critical thinking capabilities. Deciphering thru all the noise on the internet, here say, advertising, hate groups, differences in opinion’s amongst the aromatherapy world it is for you to become educated and make a determination that is safe for your pet. Your pet depends on you to make the best well informed decisions possible.
It is important to read this entire reference guide to get an understanding of the cautions and safe use of essential oils for your pets.
Use a *Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil
Also known as medical grade, aromatherapy grade & veterinarian grade.
This is crucial to using oils with pets and could be life threatening if you
do not adhere to this rule . See ‘choosing a quality essential oil
for therapeutic use' (coming soon).
Less is best to begin with. Start out using a small amount of essential oil,
with a carrier oil and apply topically or diffuse in a water based diffuser
Monitor response before continuing or increasing the chosen amount, if
necessary. Allow time to pass after first application, to determine if you
need to continue, stop, or increase frequency or dosage. Increase
frequency before increasing amounts. (Example: If you started out with 2 drops of diluted essential oil, applying topically 1x/day, with no response, you could increase your application to 2x/day.
Instead, of increasing your essential oil drops to 4-5 drops, 1x/day).
Refer to dilution charts to learn more about diluting essential oils.
Diluting your oils is very important, especially for a smaller pet (under 50#), one that is newly introduced to the oils, or a pet that has come from years of a more *conventional approach to their health care. Detoxification can occur, so very important to dilute your oils, use less to start, and start
slowly. Monitor responses. Even the slightest improvement can indicate
the essential oil is effective.
Diffusing essential oils with animals. Animals are much more sensitive to smells. If diffusing in a room with an animal, be sure that the animal has a means to leave the room at free will. DO NOT leave a caged animal in a room, next to a diffuser and leave the room for several minutes or even hours. Diffusing, when done safely, should be introduced slowly. The smaller the animal, the more important that the diffusing time is introduced with very brief periods of time, under the watchful eye of it’s caregiver. Monitoring any noticeable response. Also, keep in mind that each animal is an individual and a large animal may leave the room the moment a diffuser is being used, while another animal that is smaller may enter the room and enjoy the diffusing. The important part of this, is allowing the animal to be able to make their own choice about how much oil they take in, and how long they care to enjoy the benefit of the aromatherapy. Starting out slow ensures a general rule of safety. Diffusing for a brief period of 1-2 minutes may be all that is needed. If the animal is in need of the oils for therapeutic reasons, then increase the frequency of the diffusing, instead of the period of time the animal is exposed to the diffuser.
*In times of illness and immediate care is required, there can be exception’s
to this rule. I once took a kitten (6-8weeks) with a respiratory infection and
diffused for 3-4 minutes, in a tent like fashion, several times a day. When
kitten responded positively, I then decreased the frequency of exposure.
The kitten eventually was no longer in need of the diffusing and
recuperated from it’s infection.
Animals that are on medication of any kind, need to consult with your veterinarian prior to using any essential oil. It is recommend to contact the company where you purchase your oils to learn of any contraindications for a specific oil you are interested in using. *See #12
Follow the recommended amount & frequency suggested. It is better to do small doses more frequently, then doing large amounts all at once. Start with less, go slowly Motto: Less is best!
8. DO NOT drop essential oils directly down your pets ear.
Do NOT apply oils in or around eyes.
If you get oils in the eyes, flush with a carrier oil, NOT water!
DO NOT use water to flush the eyes, after an essential oil has mistakenly been placed in the eye.
DO NOT apply an undiluted essential oil to the genitals, sheath, teats, or to sensitive areas, such as thin skinned area or bare skin (little or no hair) areas. Always dilute in these areas.
Do not apply essential oils directly to an open wound.
You can apply essential oil around the wound area, by placing a premixed amount (carrier oil & essential oil) around the wound area. Could also place a small amount on a cotton square and rub that around the wound area. The oils will still offer their amazing abilities, when applied near a wound, instead of directly on a wound.
If your pet has any of these conditions, you must check with your
essential oils mfg. before using essential oils. There are some essential oils that have *contraindications with these conditions. Use caution and be an informed and educated care giver before utilizing essential oils for pets with these conditions.
Pets on diabetic medications
Pets on anti-coagulant medications
Pets who are diagnosed with epilepsy or suffer from seizures.
Animals that are older or Ill.
Don’t add essential oils to synthetic based products, such as;
shampoos, bug deterrents, products for the coat or skin,
products intended for therapeutic use (liniments, salves, ointments,etc.).
Only use oils orally that are regarded as safe for ingestion (indicated with GRAS-generally regarded as safe). This will
be determined by where you purchase your oils. Keep in mind that if
the oils that you are using are intended for pets and are a quality
therapeutic grade essential oil, it has been considered that there will
be a certain amount of oils being licked from their skin/fur, when
essential oils are applied to your pet’s body, and will cause no harm with
such small amounts being ingested. If an oil is not typically used for
internal use, using a safe oil, and the fact that it is has been diluted by
stroking on your pet’s body.
Do not use oils close to, or directly on the nose, in the eyes, down the
ears, in or around the anal or genital areas.