I must 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.
A reminder, when I refer to essential oils in my blog I ONLY refer to the Young Living oils, and remember, a very little goes a very long way. For instance, my dog is 75 lbs. and I use only one drop of Young Living essential oil on him. Essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil. Usually 1 drop per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil is sufficient, unless the dog is very small, then 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil per 1 drop of essential oil is usually good.
Here is an excerpt from one of Gary Young’s books and his experiences using essential oils on his animals…
by Gary Young, N.D.
I have raised animals all my life and presently have several miniature horses as well as four teams of draft horses. I also have pygmy goats, barbadoes sheep and llamas at my ranch where I reside. On my 1300 acre herb farm at Whispering Springs in Mona, Utah, I have an animal petting zoo with Bactrian camels. zeeboos from Africa (miniature Bhramas), Watusi cows and bulls, Walleroos (miniature kangaroos), llamas, buffalos, miniature donkeys, as well as horses and goats. As you can see we have a wide variety of animals.
We have used the oils extensively on many of the animals and are continually making discoveries. The animals respond extremely well and we feel they have benefited greatly. In my experience, I have found that animals respond to essential oils much the same as humans. Animals are not as sensitive to the phenol and sesquiterpene constituents so they can be applied “neet” or full strength. One needs only to determine which oils are applicable to the situation and then apply a few drops 3-4 times daily.
Where and How Much to Apply
The amount for small animals, like cats and dogs is like the application for a child: 3-4 drops each time applied. For larger animals, like large dogs apply 6-7 drops, for horses, apply 15-20 drops.
After applying the oils, I have found it beneficial to cover the open wound with Rose ointment, which keeps the skin soft and helps promote the healing. I have applied the oils in the following ways.
Note: treating cats is different than other animals, be sure to avoid using the citrus oils on and around cats.
1. Apply on their paws where absorption is very fast.
2. On cloven hoofed animals, apply on the auricular points of the ears and/or spine or both.
3. Underneath the top lip on the gums and on the tongue.
4. Sprinkle a few drops on the spine and then massage into the skin, just like with humans.
Conditions and Oils Applied
For various problems I have experimented with the following oils and herbal/mineral products:
1. Strangle in horses, I used a combination of the oil blends Exodus II and Melrose together.(4 parts Exodus II to 1 part Melrose.)
2. Ear mites in cats and dogs – Purification blend and peppermint. [Should be diluted ith a carrier oil]
5. Worms and parasites- all animals, except cats – Parafree Tincture and DiGize essential oil blend.
6. Open wounds -Melrose, Helichrysum and gentle care Rose Ointment.
7. Trauma- all animals – Trauma Life, Valor, Peace & calming, Melissa, rosewood, lavender, valerian, and chamomile.
8. Bones – PanAway, birch or wintergreen, lemongrass and spruce.
9. Nervous anxiety with horses – Valor, Trauma Life, geranium, lavender and valerian.
10. Saddle sores- Melrose and Rose ointment.
11. Mineral deficiencies- Mineral Essence (liquid tincture, taken internally) may help meet the animals needs and when met, they will quit chewing on the furniture and engaging in other undesirable activities.
12. Tissue repair and healing directly on wound – Melrose.
13. May help with pain and stop bleeding – Helichrysum.
14. Healing of wounds and abrasions – Rose Ointment.
SOME OF MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
I have a lovely dog. He’s 6 or 7 years old now and sometimes is a bit gimpy. He’s a mix of Flat-coated retriever and Irish Setter (a beautiful dog with a fantastic disposition!) And our experiences using essential oils on him have been wonderful. His favorite essential oil is Palo Santo (which by the way, you will only find through Young Living, no one else distills it). He enjoys having a drop rubbed onto his back. After a couple minutes he has what we call “puppy energy.”
I also use either the Young Living Pet Shampoo or one of “my” Young Living Shampoos on him. Not only does he smell terrific but the scent of the pure essential oils keeps flea’s and ticks away. He loves being groomed, and actually loves having a bath, which he gets once a month. I would think that having a bath that often with these products contributes greatly to keeping those nasty insects off of him.
Young Living also has a fantastic pet ointment. Naturally it has essential oils in it as well. Of course it’s like all the other Young Living products, nontoxic. The pet ointment can also be used on people. I used it one day for a scrape I had, I didn’t have my bag of essential oils with me, so I thought…
Well, I know what all of the ingredients are and they’re safe, so I gave it a try. I was impressed how well it worked and wouldn’t hesitate again to use it on myself. It also worked great on my dog when he got a nasty insect bite on his eye lid, it took the swelling down within minutes.
What I like best is that I don’t have to use those toxic flea collars and other nasty products, things that I would never think of putting on my body… So why would I want to put them on my lovely dog???
Disclaimer: The information in this post 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 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.
10/31/09 A Note on Cats: The article written by Gary Young (above) does not mention cats and there are some who say essential oils should never be used around cats. I personally do not have a cat so I have no personal experience or knowledge to share regarding them.
I do know this; cat livers process things differently than most animals and one should consult with a pet specialist, like Dr. Kim or Dr. Stephen Blake (The Pet Whisperer) who know much more about cats and using Young Living essential oils around them than I.
I do know that Young Living essential oils are used quite successfully with cats, many of my friends use their Young Living oils around cats and on them all of the time. I think the fear around using oils with cats stems from some people doing some very stupid things and/or using the inferior aromatherapy oils plagueing the market today. Thus they deem every essential oil as dangerous, and that is just not true.
However, you do have to know what you’re doing and I suggest contacting either of the specialists mentioned above if you’re uncertain about using essential oils around cats.