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Here are 5 Essential Oils You Can Use with Your Pets
By Abbie Miller
A popular question that arises with essential oils is: can you use them with or around pets? The answer is: it depends on the oil. We all love our furry family members and want to keep them safe from everyday household harms, and essential oils are a fantastic way to purify the air in your home, prevent infections and more.
When using essential oils around our pets, it is essential that you dilute the oil and monitor your pet the first few times you use them. It's also important that you use the right kind of oils that are free from additives or harmful chemicals. Look for oils that are 100% pure, organic and therapeutic grade, as a rule of thumb (our single oils all fall into this category). Be sure to consult your veterinarian before introducing new oils into your home, too.
There are also specific types of oils that are deemed safe for use with pets. In fact, just like with people, essential oils can help your pets with issues such as arthritis, scars, bacterial or fungal infections or flea control. You can also use essential oils to prevent pet odors, refresh your carpets and prevent allergens.
A few of the best essential oils for pets are:
- Lavender – To prevent smelly odors, lavender is a great alternative to the chemical-infused sprays. You can also use it around your home to prevent allergens and skin irritations. Before heading outside, use it as an insect repellent or to keep your furry loved ones from getting ear infections! It also has a calming sensation and is great for those hyper puppies.
- Peppermint – You can also use peppermint to prevent odor. It also aids in joint, muscle and digestive support. When mixed with ginger, it acts as a great way to treat motion sickness.
- Eucalyptus – This antiviral and anti-inflammatory oil is great to relieve chest congestion, prevent fleas, prevent odor and help aid in respiratory problems.
- Grapefruit – Use pink grapefruit oil to prevent allergies. It also is handy when your pet is exploring outside to treat parasites in the intestines.
- Lemon – Lemon is a great, natural cleaner that will keep your kitchen and bathroom smelling fresh (and pet odor free). It also is great at preventing stomach illnesses and works as an insect repellent.
When using essential oils near your pets, you must be careful. They are powerful and can cause some animals to react in negative ways. Always dilute the oils and slowly introduce them into your home. Start out with one oil in a diffuser and monitor your pet. To reduce the possibility of your pets getting sick, use the oil sparingly for two weeks, then discontinue for a period of time.
For applying essential oils to your pets, there are a couple of safe ways to introduce them to the benefits.
- Aromatically by placing a drop of the oil on their collar or bed. You can also place a few drops in your diffuser but remember that your pets are more sensitive to the smell – less is more.
- Topically by applying the oil to the ears and pads of the paws. Remember to avoid the nose, ears and any sensitive areas.