Oils & Animals – the don’ts

animals_dontsThe Don’ts of Oiling Animals

“Are essential oils safe to use around my fur babies?” That was my first question regarding oils and pets as I was terrified of accidentally killing them (I tend to be a little dramatic). The answer is mostly yes… Let’s get into what isn’t safe as it is a MUCH shorter list.

I will say that there are some who believe that any oil can be used on any animal. Personally, I’m totally fine not exposing my pets to certain oils. I’m of the mind that erring on the side of caution is the best policy at the beginning.

Overall: Use common sense and always err on the side of caution. Monitor your pets behavior before and after application.

Quality is key!

When diffusing, be sure your pet can leave the room if the scent upsets them. Cats tend to not like citrus.

REMEMBER: If humans can’t ingest it, neither can your animal.

Thieves is safe to diffuse around cats but be sure that they can leave and that they do not drink the water (not that they would – picky little buggers).

DOGS: Oiling dogs is like oiling children. They tolerate any oil but the correct application and dilution is key. Just as humans, Mel-a and eucalyptus blue should not be ingested.

Do not think that because your dog is large that you should use more oil. Start with a single diluted drop and work your way up as dogs of all sizes have different comfort levels with oils.

CATS: There is a lot of controversy around using oils with cats mostly surrounded around two facts: cats are opinionated and they are deficient in the cytochrome p450 liver metabolism pathway. Because of these facts, heavy dilution and high quality is key.

Peppermint, wintergreen, cinnamon bark, clove, and Mel-A are the most controversial single oils for felines. In my opinion, there is no reason to use clove, cinnamon bark, or Mel-a with cats. The risks are too great and so many other oils can provide the same or similar benefits to the cat.

As far as peppermint and wintergreen go, heavy heavy dilution is necessary if you are going to use them at all. You do not want to overwhelm your cats delicate system with these strong oils nor do you want your cat to hate the oils impact on their senses (too strong for their nose, burns their eyes).

Several singles have special instructions for use in cats that will be best tolerated. Eucalyptus blue should not be ingested by cats.

⁉ Questions, additions, experiences, thoughts? Leave them below! Next week will be on methods of application!

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