If you do a quick search online, you’ll find a plethora of information on using essential oils on pets. Some people swear by the magic oils. Others not so much.
Let’s debunk some of those “myths” concerning the use of essential oils on pets so you’ll begin to feel more comfortable using God’s purest gifts.
Myth #1: It’s toxic to diffuse oils around pets.
Animals are definitely more sensitive to aromatic compounds than humans are, so we do need to take their noses into consideration. I recommend leaving the door open to the room where a diffuser is runnin so animals can come and go as they please. Try using only 4 drops of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils diluted in a water based diffuser .
I never, ever, suggest using “pure” essential oils, as these oils are only required to have 5% of an actual essential oil in them. The rest of the bottle can be filled with chemicals or who knows what!
If you have scented candles, air fresheners (Gah! These should be ILLEGAL!), or plug-ins (Ugh), please, please, please, consider the health of your pets. These products can (and do) have a ton of synthetic chemicals. Please visit EWG.org to find out what chemicals are in these products and how these chemicals effect the body.
Myth #2: Never pet your dog or cat after touching oils.
Using CPTG essential oils on your pets is a great way for your pets to receive some awesome health benefits. Placing the oils down the spine or on the tips of the ears is a great way to apply the oils.
If you’re concerned about the essential oil getting into your pet’s eye, just make sure to wash your hands after use. If you’re a big oil user, like our family is, you’re bound to get oil in your eyes at some point. Remember to use a carrier oil, like Fractionated Coconut Oil, or Olive Oil to pull the essential oil out of the eye. Water & oil DO NOT mix, so remember this IF your pet does accidentally touch their eye to the essential oils.
Myth #3: Essential oils can cause liver or kidney damage in pets.
The truth is, using CPTG essential oils can actually SUPPORT the kidney and/or liver in pets. Just like humans, pets can receive some pretty amazing benefits from the usage of essential oils.
I left home when I turned 18 to attend college halfway across the country. When I left, I also left behind my cat. Fast forward 12 years…
My mom calls me almost in tears. My cat had stopped walking, eating, drinking, etc. She couldn’t move. Mom drove the cat to the veterinarian’s office and they gave her a few hours to live. So what did I suggest my mom do?
Of course she started diffusing essential oils right away!
My cat ended up living several more weeks because she started to walk, eat & drink again! She actually WANTED to be around the diffuser!
Myth #4: My pet will die if they are exposed to too much oil.
If you’re diffusing essential oils, it’s VERY unlikely your pet will be exposed to “too much” oil. But let’s say your dog was having digestive discomfort & found your stash of digestive oils. This is extremely rare and I’ve never heard of any animal doing this, BUT if they do get into your oils, just watch for any symptoms they may display.
Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing.
Myth #5: _______ oils are harmful to cats.
It’s true that cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing certain things, but there is no science to support this claim. I do recommend using caution around cats with essential oils, especially Birch, Wintergreen, Spearmint, Peppermint and hots oils, such as Cassia, Cinnamon, Oregano or Thyme.
From personal experience & research, I have found pets are drawn naturally to certain essential oils that will help support their body during times of distress. For example, farms dogs or cats may search for and eat a certain plant in the pasture to help with digestive discomfort. Animals naturally go towards digestive essential oils if they need digestive support. Let your pet sniff a few bottles of oil and see which one they are drawn too.
Nature provides so many health benefits!
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