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Essential Oils and Pets

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One thing I have learned about pet owners is that they are ready to do anything to keep the health of their pets.

What pet owners need to know about essential oils?

Essential oils (EO) are highly soluble lipid aromatic compounds with a high concentration that are distilled from plants. It is important to note that not all essential oils are created in the same way. When you hesitate to use essential oil around your pets, you should carefully examine its quality.

Has it been tested by a third party? Is it considered a medicinal product that is safe for local and internal use? Many EOs in today’s market are so-called “cosmetic oils”. Although their labels say they are “100% pure”, they often contain diluents or other substances in addition to EMs in them that are toxic to small animals such as cats and dogs. These should be avoided. If you are not sure about the quality of the oil you are buying, it is best to consult an expert such as your local vet. If the label says “just for aromatic use,” it’s best not to use it for your pet.

High-quality EOs can greatly influence your pet. Many essential oils have advantages both physically and emotionally. EOs can be absorbed into cells by the cell membrane because they are soluble lipids. This is one of the reasons why they are so effective. Since they are distilled from plants and each plant is unique, EM does not show the same resistance to bacteria as some synthetically created cures. It is very exciting for a scientist to know that we already have one more tool to fight difficult-to-treat diseases by improving the immune system of the animal in a natural way! There is a very large number of studies that indicate that many of the ingredients of the EO have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties.

Is it safe to use essential oils on pet animals?

EOs are safe for use on pets and can affect them in many different ways. In a large number of grazing animals such as horses, cattle, lambs and alpaca (Vicugna pacos), and even sheep and goats, locally applied essential oils on the problem area, even without dissolution or along the spine, as well as in humans, are both safe and effective. In smaller animals, such as dogs and cats, you need to be more careful.

Birds – birds are very sensitive to the EO, and in a matter of fact, I only recommend a diluted solution. Avoiding hot oils may sound too cautious, but, as I say to all pet owners, so I say it to birds and small animals – I think it is very interesting that so many people put a commercial full of air freshener chemicals in every room in their home without thinking, however, they worry that essential oils will affect them spuriously! I really like the fact that people are paying attention to pets (as it should be). In fact, each individual animal has preferences, sensibilities, and things that she does not like, as the different people have, so I tell people to just watch their pet’s behavior – if it behaves normally, then everything is fine – if, however, behaves abnormally, so you probably use oil to which your pet is allergic. They are pretty good at explaining to you!

Cats – the cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for the metabolism of a variety of substances. This makes them vulnerable to any type of toxicity, including plants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin, ibuprofen and tylenol), chocolate and caffeine (methylxanthines), zinc, and many types of pesticides. The oils that have to be avoided if possible are those rich in phenols and ketones when used directly by your cat (such as basil, birch, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, tea tree, Indian nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, thyme, rosemary, mint, and wintergreen). Cats are also sensitive to oils containing d-lemon (such as bergamot, dill, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange and mandarin).

Dogs – In general, there are dogs of any size and the smaller the dog, the more EO has to be dissolved. The oils I advise to avoid in dogs are those of tea tree, birch, camphor and wintergreen just because there are safer and less controversial oils that are just as effective.

“Pocket size” pets – rabbits and many other pocket-sized favorites, such as guinea pigs, flying squirrels, chinchillas, hamsters and the like, are back-fermented, so be careful when using essential oils with strong antibacterial properties such as cinnamon, cassia and oregano as these animals have a delicate digestive flora that should not be unintentionally disturbed by the use of EO.

For animals with convulsive disorders, there are several oils that are believed to reduce the convulsion threshold, so they should be avoided. Such oils include those of basil, black pepper, camphor, eucalyptus, fennel, hyssop, sage, rosemary, wintergreen.

Also, if the animal has any bleeding or blood clotting problems or is treated with anticoagulants, local birch, cassia, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, oregano, and wind turbine should not be given to it.

Care must also be taken when using EO in pregnant or lactating animals, and hot oils should be either completely avoided or very dissolved. Other oils to be avoided include basil, cassia, cinnamon, wormwood, rosemary, thyme, wintergreen and white pine.

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