Essential Oils for Pets
If you want solutions to common pet ailments that don’t include harmful chemicals, check out Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO). Many essential oils may help with behavior issues as well. Here is a quick list of just some of the ways YLEO can be a natural alternative to harsh chemical and processed version of medications.
MELROSE – Beneficial when used with R.C. for respiratory support. It can be used on minor wounds, abrasions, lacerations and hot spots. Helps to subside itching, clear sinuses and support healthy bladder function. Useful for cats’ bladder health as well.
PURIFICATION – Useful for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Can be rubbed on or sued in a spray bottle with some water. For birds, mist the cage. Aids in immune support and protection from parasites.
PEACE & CALMING – Builds confidence in new environments. Useful for fear, minor anxiety, behavior problems, car rides, if wounded and when over-excited. Use with Valor for added positive effects. Rub on the bottom of the paws, behind the ears or on the inside of the collar.
R.C. – Ideal for respiratory health. Helps with sneezing, coughs and healthy lung function. Beneficial for bladder health.
VALOR – Useful on all animals for fear, behavior issues and training. Beneficial for skin issues. Use with Purification, Peace & Calming and Lavender to increase the benefits of each oil.
DIGIZE – Helps support gastrointestinal health. Use for protection against parasites, diarrhea and vomiting. Add nutmeg or ginger oil to give added nausea relief especially for motion sickness.
Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.
- Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
- Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
- Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
- Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
- Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.
Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.
- For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex).
- For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
- For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.
- Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
- If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.
Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.
- For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
- For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
- Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
- For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.