Love Your Pets with dotErra Essential Oils

Not Just For Humans

Let's spread the knowledge of essential oils as it applies to pet owners.

These highly concentrated oils are naturally occurring aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants that yield amazing benefits when applied correctly to both humans and pets.

Cats are Sensitive too!

Dr. Roarke- DVM ESSENTIAL OIL VET - weighs in....

Cats… ultimately, you will hear many things from many people about cats and oils. Here’s my take: Cats lack an enzyme called glucuronyl transferase. This is important for the Cytochrome p450 liver metabolism pathway. This makes cats very susceptible to ALL kinds of toxicity, including plant, NSAIDS (like aspirin or ibuprofen), Tylenol, chocolate and caffeine (methylxanthines), lead, zinc, many types of pesticides, and many other things.

So which oils do you stay away from?

Most highly tested, therapeutic oils (not the ones from any grocery store – the ones that are tested by batch) are so pure that you can use them topically on cats sporadically in a highly diluted form (as if for infants – 0.25% to 1% maximum dilution). It’s not a good idea to use them topically or internally on your cat every single day (with some exceptions.)

*The oils to stay away from and use something different if you can are the oils that are high in phenols and eugenols as far as direct application (topical or internal) to your cat (basil, birch, cinnamon, clove, fennel, melaleuca, oregano, peppermint, thyme, and wintergreen) as well as oils high in d-limonene (citrus oils).

That being said, I have used a highly tested therapeutic grade Melaleuca on my own cats without dilution without any ill effects. (I do not recommend you do this, though!) Just like people, every animal is different and you should consult your veterinarian if you are concerned.

As far as diffusion – I diffuse everything!

I just make sure not to diffuse anything in my kitty’s room (where his food is) and make sure he’s not “locked” in the room with the diffuser – he will go away if it’s one he doesn’t like or need. It is recommended that you use a water based diffuser rather than one that pulls oils directly from the bottle.

The main thing is, don’t give oils to cats topically or internally *every* day (with some exceptions), dilute them, only use highly therapeutic grade, tested essential oils, and when in doubt, feel free to ask.

Relax Your Pet

Thunderstorms and fireworks shows are two of the most stressing experiences for many pets leading to restless nights and sleepless nights for their owners. Thankfully, there is an essential oil blend that can be used on it’s own or in addition to other relaxing methods. Simply apply a few drops of Lavender essential oil to their back, and apply a few drops of dōTERRA®’s Serenity Blend to their stomach. Use FCO if needed. You can also diffuse a drop of Lavender and a drop of Calming Blend in your atomizing diffuser. BALANCE is an oil that can be diffused or applied topically to promote restful sleep and to help ease anxiousness. This oil supports the nervous system, emotional balance, and is effective for muscle and joint soreness.

Immune Support

Nothing pains pet parents more than seeing their pets in distress. If your cat or dog is having trouble breathing (and has already been seen by the vet), try spraying this blend on the animals bedding or chest once or twice:

Add the following to a 2oz. sprayer bottle:

  • 5 drops of Lemon (omit for cats)
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus
  • 5 drops Peppermint (omit for cats)
  • 5 drops of Cardamom
  • 5 drops of Arborvitae
  • Top off with distilled water or FCO

Clean the Coop

Lemon and other citrus fruits have natural cleaning and disinfecting capabilities. You can easily make a homemade coop cleaner that is easy on your nose and easy on the chicken or pet birds respiratory tract.

  • 16 oz. spray bottle
  • Fill halfway with white vinegar
  • Add 25 drops Lemon Oil
  • Add water to fill
  • Swirl gently to mix

Feel at Peace

Does your pet suffer from mild memory problems associated with aging? Applying Frankincense to the back of their neck along with rubbing dōTERRA®’s Grounding Blend on their paw pads will help them feel at peace. The FOCUS blend (INTUNE) can be applied topically to the neck or along the spine, or diffused to help your pet remain on task.

  • Helps to maintain focus amidst distractions
  • Promotes clarity and understanding
  • Use during training or on walks

Ready For Adventure

Does Fido or Whiskers suffer from seasonal threats? This essential oil blend is perfect for 1-3 sprays along the spine or chest as needed:

Add the following to a 2oz. sprayer bottle:

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Lemon (omit for cats)
  • 5 drops Peppermint (omit for cats)
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • Top off with distilled water or FCO

Outdoor FUN!!

Do you have a cat or dog that spends a lot of time outdoors? Help protect them with a Pet Protector Spray which is an all-natural essential oil mixture that should be sprayed all over your pet(s) before they go outside. Then after a strenuous activity like swimming or hiking, most dogs (and even cats) may benefit from soothed muscles. This Cool Down spray should get their tail wagging after you massage it into possible achy areas.

Bumps and Scrapes

Pets who enjoy the outdoors will benefit from this essential oil blend for cuts which should be applied directly to the wound:

  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Myrrh
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 1 Tbsp Colloidal Silver
  • Top off with Organic Aloe Vera Juice

Shoo Fly

Many equestrians are constantly searching for the be-all-end all fly spray for their mounts. Thankfully, dōTERRA®’s TerraShield can be diffused barn-wide or diluted with 1 tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil per each 3 drops and applied to the exterior of their ears and around their poll, along their spine (when turned out), at the base of the tail, along the neck, chest, belly, and legs. This also works to protect riders as well!

Pest Control

Ticks are attracted to dogs especially in certain seasons and areas.

Ticks should be removed immediately using tweezers to get it all off according to the CDC. (Once removed, your vet may want to identify the tick and check for tick-carried diseases.) However, essential oils are great as a tick repellent. The best oils to use as a natural tick repellent are Geranium, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Lavender. Any combination of the above oils will work at repelling ticks, but the best essential oil for keeping ticks away is Geranium. Here is a recipe: 20 drops of Geranium, 5 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Lemongrass and 5 drops Lavender. Add 4oz of Apple Cider vinegar, Witch Hazel or Distilled water into a spray bottle. Directions: spray onto clothing before going outside. If you would like to use this on a pet I would recommend letting them smell a rag first and introducing it slowly to judge tolerance.

Did you know that pets get mosquito bites, too?

For mosquito or other bug bites, a diluted drop of Cleansing Blend will create a wagging tail. Keep those pesky bugs at bay with a repellant spray. Simply mix 20 drops of TerraShield in 2 ounces of water and spray it on. (It will work on you, too!) A drop of Ginger and a drop of Lemon essential oil in Fido’s water bowl helps kill any internal worms while supporting his/her skin.

All Natural Pest Collar

Place the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Soak the collar for about 20 minutes. Hang the collar to dry completely before placing it on your dog. You will want to repeat the soak every 2-3 weeks or as necessary. 3 3 oz distilled water, 20 drops TERRASHIELD

Smooth Puppy

If you think itchy pets are distracting, think about how annoyed your pets must be! Help them ease up on the scratching with Itch-B-Gone in a 2oz spray bottle. Does your pet show signs of lumps and bumpy skin? Try the Smooth, Happy Dog Spray(consulting a veterinarian is recommended as well).

Kiss & Tell

There’s just something about dog kisses that warms the heart… unless they smell like the toilet bowl. This essential oil spray isn’t a substitute for behavioral changes but it can certainly help with his/her breath!

Add the following to a 2oz. sprayer bottle:

  • 10 drops of Protective Blend (On Guard)
  • 10 drops Myrrh
  • 10 drops Peppermint (omit for cats)
  • Top off with distilled water or FCO
  • Simply lift their lips and spray this mixture on each side of their mouth once or twice a day.

Feeling Wired?

Stressed pets are unhappy pets. This spray is a go-to for overwhelmed pets and should be applied to your pet’s bedding or back 15 minutes before a high stress activity:

  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Vetiver (Omit for Cats)
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • Top off with distilled water or FCO

Wet Dogs...

Pets who are regularly bathed or swim often are prone to occasional ear discomfort. If you suspect your dog or cat has any ear discomfort, blend 1 drop of Lavender, 1 drop of Roman Chamomile (omit for cats) with 1 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Dip a cotton swab into the mix and apply the blend to the inner and outer flap of the ear, not directly into the ear shaft.

Now for that wet dog smell.

Pet shampoo is easy and fun to make! All you have to do is combine 1.25 cups of distilled water, 1 tbsp of Castile Soap, and 2 drops each of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood essential oils into a glass bottle and shake.

Voila! Your pup is now ready for a chemical-free bath and a clean smile!

Dogs love to smile and pet owners love a clean smile! 1 cup SVCO -10 drops Protective Blend -3 drops Peppermint -2 drops Frankincense -1 Tablespoon Baking Soda -Apply small amount to your pets toothbrush/ your finger and brush teeth.

For the Birds

BALANCE is a wonderful option to use on the feet or perch of birds that have anxious feelings or need to relax. WATER MISTING can be beneficial to birds Use a 4 oz glass bottle and add: 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Lemon. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. (Add 10 drops of Frankincense if immune support is needed).

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