Meet Daisy!!!! This delightful little pup is the newest member of our household. Like any good puppy owner, my goal is to have a happy and healthy puppy. I have been following, Michele Lennon’s (dog trainer/veterinarian) Facebook page DIY Dog Training and she is incredibly knowledgable on all things puppy training! We have gotten off to a great start with potty training, crate training, and leash training. Since I use essential oils on everyone else in our home, I decided Daisy needed some too.
- Mistake #1-I didn’t do my research. Using oils on an animal is very different than using them on a human. For Daisy, this lead to a lot of unnecessary sneezing. Poor girl.
- Mistake #2-I didn’t apply the right oils on the right parts of her body. I was way to close to her mouth and nose and did not use them with a carrier oil.
However, we live, and we learn, right? Luckily for me, I use Young LIving Oils! So I checked out their blog The Lavender Life. I found out the following information.
- Do: Dilute oils heavily with a carrier oil and water, apply the mixture in small amounts in the beginning, and watch your animal friend for any reactions!
- Don’t: Hot oils or oils high in phenol are not to be used. Application of oils should not be near the nose, mouth, or eyes! (I really screwed that up by applying lavender on the top of puppy’s head)
The hard part in using oils on our animal friends is that every animal is different. Listed below are a few common household pets and suggestions on how to use oils.
- Dogs-Begin by diffusing or wearing an oil around a dog. If no adverse effect is observed, then apply 1 drop oil on the dog’s paws. Eventually working up to 5 drops. Never allow the dog to ingest an oil or use on puppies!
- Cats-Begin by diffusing or wearing an oil around a cat. If no adverse effect is observed then apply 1 drop of oil combined with a carrier oil. Apply to the cat’s paws and never use citrus oils.
- Fish-Diffuse by the tank and never put oils directly in the water.
- Reptiles-Unlike other pets do not diffuse oils near a reptile. Apply a minimal amount of diluted oils (coconut oil) using a small Q-tip or toothpick. Also, avoid using tree or citrus oils.
If you are interested in using essential oils on your pets, make sure to do some research on the animal and breed you own. Oils are supposed to improve the quality of your pet’s life, not damage it. A suggested resource 1st Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference for Animals found on Amazon. The most important thing to remember is to check with your veterinarian before using oils as they are the expert on your pet!