Natural Pet Care with Young Living Essential Oils
The therapeutic benefits of essential oils are meant for every member of the family, including pets. Whether your best friend is in need of a bath, a mood boost, or suffering from minor skin irritation, Young Living has pet-friendly solutions.
Young Living Essential Oils - only the best for your pet
We're willing to do most anything for them - especially when it comes to health care. But more and more pet owners are becoming dissatisfied with conventional therapies. As a result, there has been a growing interest in alternative treatments - aromatherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Reiki, and energy healing all of which when used in conjunction with Young Living essential oils can enhance overall results significantly.
Additionally, to cater to the complimentary and alternative clientele, veterinarians are also turning to Young Living oils. Essential oils can be used on animals much the same way they are used with humans. It is recommended that you follow a veterinarian's care in diagnosing specific conditions.
Creating an Emergency Pet Care Kit
For those interested in creating an essential oil emergency kit for pets here is a list of 11 essential oils that have been found quite useful for topical application:
Thieves blend - Helps support skin and oral health. This blend is safe for puppies and kittens, always dilute more for the wee one's.
Melrose blend - Helps support skin and respiratory health.
Di-Gize blend - Helps support the health of the digestive system.
Purification blend - Mix a few drops in a spray bottle with water and then spray on your pets coat to keep fleas, ticks and mosquitoes away.
Raven blend - Helps to support respiratory and urinary tract health.
M-Grain blend - Provides topical relief from head discomfort.
R.C. blend - Helps to support the health of the respiratory system and urinary tract.
PanAway blend - Helps with discomfort and relaxing of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the essential oils.
Peace & Calming blend - Helps to relieve negative emotions and to calm a pet. If an injury is present, Peace & Calming can help relax a pet enough so that other treatments can be administered.
Palo Santo - Can help relieve muscle and joint discomfot. Palo Santo also makes a terrific insect repellant, and can be used to dislodge an embedded tick (move hair back, apply one drop Palo Santo directly on the tick, wait a few minutes and the tick should either dislodge and/or be easily pulled off).
V-6 - always have on hand a carrier oil, such as V-6 for diluting your Young Living essential oils.
Additional Young Living Popular Products for Pets
AnimalScents Shampoo: Cleans, conditions, and protects your pet's coat without harmful ingredients. Tip: add a few drops of Palo Santo for fleas and tick repellant.
AnimalScents Ointment: A protective and soothing salve formulated for external use on animals (and people too!). This ointment is terrific for topical bites, stings, wounds, and to seal in an essential oil that has been used.
Here is an excerpt from one of Gary Young's books and his experiences using essential oils on his animals
by Gary Young, N.D.
I have raised animals all my life and presently have several miniature horses as well as four teams of draft horses. I also have pygmy goats, barbadoes sheep and llamas at my ranch where I reside. On my 1300 acre herb farm at Whispering Springs in Mona, Utah, I have an animal petting zoo with Bactrian camels. zeeboos from Africa (miniature Bhramas), Watusi cows and bulls, Walleroos (miniature kangaroos), buffalos, miniature donkeys, as well as horses and goats. As you can see we have a wide variety of animals.
We have used the oils extensively on many of the animals and are continually making discoveries. The animals respond extremely well and we feel they have benefited greatly. In my experience, I have found that animals respond to essential oils much the same as humans. One needs only to determine which oils are applicable to the situation and then apply a few drops 3-4 times daily.
Where and How Much to Apply
The amount for small animals, like cats and dogs is like the application for a child: 3-4 drops each time applied. For larger animals, like large dogs apply 6-7 drops, for horses, apply 15-20 drops.
After applying the oils, I have found it beneficial to cover the open wound with Rose ointment, which keeps the skin soft and helps promote the healing. I have applied the oils in the following ways.
Note: treating cats is different than other animals, be sure to avoid using the citrus oils on and around cats.
1. Apply on their paws where absorption is very fast.
2. On cloven hoofed animals, apply on the auricular points of the ears and/or spine or both.
3. Underneath the top lip on the gums and on the tongue.
4. Sprinkle a few drops on the spine and then massage into the skin, just like with humans.
Essential Oil Pet Tips
I have a parrot in a big cage; his name is Madison. To keep the cage free of parasites that get on bird skin, I put three to four drops of Purification on the bottom of the cage, which is covered with newspaper, in the morning and at night before going to bed. Madison loves reading the newspaper. The cage smells clean and Madison gets all the benefits of Young Living essential oils. Madison's doctor thought that I had Madison's cage covered with chemicals that get rid of these types of parasites, since Madison has been parasite free for the last six years. As an added bonus, I use lavender essential oil on Madison's cage to calm him down when he gets too excited. Birds have a very sensitive respiratory system, and fumes from solvents and cleaners commonly used at home can cause a bird's death.
- Aida Hercules-Dodaro
My chocolate lab Benson, age seven, was recently going through heartworm treatment. One day after leaving him, the vet's office called. Benson was growling at the staff and not cooperating. I put a drop of Roman chamomile essential oil in my hands before entering the office, in hopes that Benson would smell me coming. I asked the doctor if I would interfere with her work if I used a few drops of oil on Benson. She said, 'No, please do if he enjoys it!' So, I put a little oil on his paws, nose, and head. He seemed to be instantly happier. The doctor commented that the essential oil was 'love in a bottle!'
- Mindy Lowden
I rescued a mother cat and her two kittens from the local animal shelter after they'd been abandoned. They were weakened from malnutrition and cold weather. On frequent trips to the vet, I was able to reassure and calm them by taking along a bottle of lavender spray and misting the air (or them, if they had an accident). I mix two to three drops of Young Living lavender essential oil with distilled water into a small spray bottle. It is wonderful.
- Dianne Bramwell
I have six animals and chose not to poison them with harsh flea products. For the last year, I have been spraying them with a mixture of Idaho tansy and distilled water. After comparing oils from other companies, I can see that Young Living's products are the purest and most potent available. I enjoy what I am learning about Young Living essential oils and I will continue to share these wonderful products.
- Liz Burgess
12 year old cocker spaniel whose back legs had stiff joints, couldn't go for walks or even get up on the couch (heaven forbid). Started putting sulfurzyme powder on top of the food and within a very short time the dog totally transformed. She is playful, loves to walk and can once again get on the couch for those naps. It was amazing to see. Use it.
My dog was becoming more and more terrified during thunderstorms or fireworks. He would shake so badly along with pacing and barking. I used a small amount of Release oil followed by Lavender oil and within minutes he settles down. I have tried other combinations of other essential oils; this seems to work the best. I first rub the oil between my hands, let him smell it, lightly run my hands over his ears, back and legs, rub my palms with what is left on my hands on the front pads of his feet. He is a lean medium size dog and I use about one drop of each oil.
- Gerry Cartor
I have two small dogs. Whenever they get the runs from licking and sniffing in the streets of New York I put 3-4 drops of Thieves in about 1/4 tsp. oil and apply to their front paws and within a day or so they are back to normal. I've also used this same formula on myself when I feel myself coming down with a cold. I apply to my chest and/or neck and by the next day it's gone.
- Leigh Candell
Whenever my cats appear to not feel well, warm nose and not eating, I rub Eygptian Gold oil undiluted on their paws and ears and within 20 minutes they are fine. I had a kitten appear to be sensitive to a bee sting, not moving, not breathing right so I rubbed Purification oil on her ears and paws undiluted and again, within minutes she was eating and drinking. I have used Melaluca Alternifolia oil undiluted on open wounds from various things, covered with Animal Scents ointment and they heal in days. Each time the veterinarian wanted to put them on anitbiotics which we do not use. I have many stories with 5 cats and a large dog:)
- Kathy Kouwe
I actually use Young Living Essential Oils on and in birds both wild and domesticated. I found that a drop of citrus oil in an exotic bird's water makes the bird feel like it is receiving a treat! Thieves cleaner is perfect for cleaning cages, and I make a spray from Lavender oil, citrus oils, and Purification oil and lightly spritz them daily to help them preen and keep mites away. The birds I work with LOVE to be sprayed with this solution. They balk and flap their wings until I come out with the spray then they each line up, spread their wings and allow me to spritz them. Birds are very amusing!
Iditarod winner trusts Young Living.
Mitch Seavey, musher and winner of the 2013 Iditarod, knows the value of taking care of his dogs. “There’s a saying among mushers [sled drivers] that goes, ‘No feet, no dog,’” he explains. “We have to have animals with tough feet or they won’t do well in the races. But even with tough feet, the dogs need extra care.
His concern for his animals is understandable. The Iditarod, called the Last Great Race on Earth, is a demanding trek across the Alaskan tundra stretching more than 1,000 miles. During this grueling race, drivers and dogs develop a strong sense of partnership. Young Living is proud to sponsor Mitch Seavey as he strives for the 2014 Iditarod championship.
Seavey has looked to Young Living products to improve his wellness and that of his dogs for more than 15 years. One of his favorite oils is Melaleuca Alternifolia, commonly called tea tree oil. Even though they use protective boots on their feet, dogs can still suffer from splits and cracks on their pads and between their digits. Seavey employs Melaleuca Alternifolia to help the dogs recover.
That isn’t the only oil that Seavey uses on his dogs, though. From using Wintergreen to help soothe aching muscles to Geranium to help calm anxious dogs, Young Living products are key to his dogs’ success. “I think using oils can help the dog from the feet to the ears,” he says. “It also prevents future problems. We’ve tried a lot of different things but we always come back to the oils.”
However, not just any oil will do, and Seavey always makes sure to find the highest quality products available. He says, “We’ve tried to use bulk essential oils that are cheaper, but we just don’t get the same results. All I can say is that from my experience, if I’m going to do anything with oils, I’m going to use Young Living. Buying anything else is just a waste of money.”
This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any illness or disease.