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 - highly antibacterial, minor skin issues, cuts, wounds and dental concerns. This blend is safe for puppies and kittens, always dilute more for the wee one's.
Melrose blend - when used topically in conjunction with the blends R.C. and Raven, Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used for minor skin issues if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
Di-Gize blend - the gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg or Ginger can also be added to Di-Gize for additional support. Di-Gize has also been used successfully with colic in horses. Used topically.
Purification blend - useful for external parasites such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
Raven blend - topically utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support. Raven is more powerful than R.C. and features essential oils not found in the latter. Combined, R.C. and Raven are highly effective.
M-Grain blend - provides topical relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
R.C. blend - ideal for topical respiratory and urinary support. R.C. is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy (it can be combined with Raven for additional support).
PanAway blend - with osteoarthritis common in older pets, topically PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This blend can be used alone or in conjunction with other Young Living essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the essential oils.
Peace & Calming blend - topically for fear, anxiety, stress or other similar conditions, Peace & Calming can be used to calm a pet. If an injury is present, Peace & Calming can help relax a pet enough so that other treatments can be administered. This blend is also useful for cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or excessive grooming resulting from stress.
Palo Santo - can provide topical relief from muscle and joint aches. 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.
Conditions and Oils Applied
For various problems I have experimented with the following oils and herbal/mineral products:
1. Strangle in horses, I used a combination of the oil blends Exodus II and Melrose together.(4 parts Exodus II to 1 part Melrose.)
2. Ear mites in cats and dogs - Purification blend and peppermint.
3. Ticks and fleas - Idaho tansy and tansy floral water. [Since this was written, there is a new essential oil that I believe is much better than these, Palo Santo.]
4. Tumors - all animals - Frankincense and lavender mixed together, frankincense and clove mixed together.
5. Worms and parasites - all animals - Parafree and DiGize (Young Living products).
6. Open wounds - all animals - Melrose, Helichrysum and Rose Ointment.
7. Trauma - all animals - Trauma Life, Valor, Peace & calming, Melissa, rosewood, lavender, valerian, and chamomile.
8. Bones - all animals - PanAway, wintergreen, lemongrass and spruce.
9. Nervous anxiety with horses - Valor, Trauma Life, geranium, lavender and valerian.
10. Saddle sores - Melrose and Rose ointment.
11. Mineral deficiencies - Mineral Essence ( liquid tincture, taken internally) may help meet the animals needs and when met, they will quit chewing on the furniture and engaging in other undesirable activities.
12. Tissue repair and healing directly on wound - Melrose.
13. May help with pain and stop bleeding - Helichrysum.
14. Healing of wounds and abrasions - Rose Ointment.
Essential Oil Pet Tips
"My two huskies live outside and are tethered on long chains. I learned early in my breeding career that huskies feel most secure tethered. Sometimes they have problems with their chains. This was the case with Snowball. He acquired two wounds on the inner aspect of his upper right foreleg. I treated him with helichrysum and Rose Ointment. We visited the veterinarian and he desired to treat them with antibiotics internally and topically. I am happy to say that after five days treatment with the helichrysum and Rose Ointment, the wounds totally healed up. Thank you for these wonderful products which are not only very healing to humans, but also to our dear pets as well!"
- Marsha Rizzo
"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 own several Whippets (dogs). They have had problems with cysts that are like small hard peas under the skin. In the past, I had them surgically removed. After I started to use Young Living essential oils, I thought that perhaps the oils would get rid of the cysts. According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, frankincense is a good oil to use for tumors and growths. At the time, I did not have a bottle of frankincense so I looked for a blend that included it. I had a bottle of Believe. I started putting a drop of Believe on the cyst a couple of times a day. In about two weeks the cyst was gone. Thank you, Young Living, for your wonderful products!"
- Gay Hullar
"I am currently treating a severe leg wound on my 21 year-old gelding. The wound was already two months old when he came home from boarding. Two weeks of applying Animal Scents Ointment has reduced the swelling in his leg by 80 percent and the size of the wound has shrunk by half. The proud flesh is almost gone. It does not appear like it will even leave a scar."
- Jan Early
"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. When I first brought them home, the kittens had an upper respiratory infection. I would sprinkle a few drops of Thieves into the shower stall and bring the mother cat and her two little kittens inside the bathroom so they could breathe it while I showered. They are very healthy today."
- 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 were so stiff due to arthritis, couldn't go for walks or even get up on the couch (heaven forbid). She started putting sulfurzyme powder on top of her 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 followed by Lavender 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 diarrhea 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 undiluted on their paws and ears and within 20 minutes they are fine. I had a kitten appear to have an allergic reaction to a bee sting, not moving, not breathing right so I rubbed purification on her ears and paws undiluted and again, within minutes she was eating and drinking. I have used Melaluca 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
Horse with colic. I gave him 20 drops Di-Gize under the lip and 6 drops each of Peppermint and Di-Gize on the frog of the front feet. I gave him 6 drops of Di-Gize in a squirt of OrthoSport in the palm of my hand and I massaged from his flank down under his stomach to help relax the muscles. In less then 3 minutes he had a bowel movement and there was an increase of sounds in his stomach. After an hour of walking him around he seemed better. Before we left I gave him 40 drops of Di-Gize inside his lip because the people we bought him from only de-wormed their horses once a year. So, we were concerned about the worms causing him to colic. I also noticed that he had a cough. We didn't have all our oils with us so the next day when we came down to water and check on the horses, I brought the rest of my oils. Trigger was better but still acted sick so we de-wormed him with 10 oz. of ParaFree. I also applied R.C. and Melaleuca ericifolia on his chest, Raven and Oregano on the frog of his front feet. I did the RainDrop Technique on his spine with Oregano and Thyme, plus he received Di-Gize again. The next day you couldn't believe that he was the same horse! He had a sparkle in his eyes and his cough was gone. He came up to eat his grain and wouldn't let another horse take his grain. Days before he wouldn't eat and didn't care if they took his grain. The essential oils came to the rescue again in saving the life of this horse!
- Nancy Sanderson
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!
"Snowflake" is a 5 month old cat who ate Easter Lilly. He had kidney failure, and was dying. He was hospitalized for 1 week and given IV fluids. There was no response, and euthanasia was recommended. Snowflake had a high BUN - a kidney measurement. Lower than 25 to 30 is normal, but Snowflake's BUN was 189. Thursday evening we started treatment. By Monday morning the BUN was at 71, and he was off IV fluids (normally the treatment of choice for kidney failure). The following Wednesday his BUN was 40. To have that happen OFF IV fluids, that was incredible. The regimen we used was: NingXia Red (half an oz = 15ml every 3 hours), Sulfurzyme 1/4 tsp mixed into NingXia Red every 3 hours, and K&B tincture 1 dropper. After 10 days, Snowflake was fine.
- Cherie Ross
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.