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How to use essential oils safely and effectively for your pet

Lauren Lew, Concierge

So you have done your research and you are ready to try out some oils with your furbaby. Let’s talk about how to use them safely and effectively...

How can I tell if I am buying high quality essential oils?

Essential oils are not strongly regulated so unfortunately quality cannot be guaranteed 100%. Try to take common sense precautions such as being wary of very inexpensive essential oils. And do not buy oils with adulturants or additives. You may speak with your vet for recommendations or your Mittens concierge can recommend some brands as well.

Are essential oils supposed to be used in a diffuser?

Before proceeding, assess your pet’s reaction by applying a drop of diluted essential oil to a cloth and laying it on the floor. If your pet is opposed to the scent, do not use the essential oil. Depending on your preference and the type of oil you can either apply it on your pet's body or use a diffuser.

Do I need anything special to apply the essential oil topically?

Once you have picked the essential oil you want to use and that your pet likes, you will also want to get some carrier oil for diluting it. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to topical application. According to Natural Dog Health Remedies, olive oil or sweet almond oil can be used as carrier oils.

1 drop of oil in 50 drops of a carrier oil or 3-6 drops of essential oils to 1oz carrier oil.

What precautions should you take when using essential oils?

  • Talk to your vet and get their opinion. Even if they are not trained in aromatherapy, a holistic veterinarian may be able to provide input or you can find one here

  • Never feed your pet essential oils

  • Do not apply in open wounds, ear canal, around eyes, anus

  • Cats are especially sensitive to toxic reactions from essential oils so they must be monitored closely

  • If you are using a diffuser, make sure your pet is able to leave the room if bothered by the scentIf you suspect toxicity, then seek veterinary attention immediately. You can also call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for a potential fee of $65.

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