Animals and oils: What you need to know [Infographic]

24 March 8, 2017 - Essential Oils, Essential Oils and Pets, How to Use Essential Oils, Infographics, Sharing Essential Oils, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

When we say that essential oils can be enjoyed by the whole family, that includes Bingo and Whiskers. There are just a few things that you need to keep in mind to make sure your fur (or scale, or wool, or feather, or hairless) babies stay safe and enjoy all the benefits YL oils have to offer.

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We want to hear about the animals in your life! Tell us their name and story and how you use essential oils on them.

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  • Jenny March 21, 2017 - 11:21 pm Reply

    My dog’s groomer is also my Enroller/Sponsor.
    She allows distressed dogs to inhale oils such as Grounding from the bottle to calm them down. I haven’t applied any oils to my dog but use the same direct inhalation technique at home. She actually sits in front of them and barks for me to give her a sniff! The ones she actually tries to lick/eat are Orange and DiGize, as she’s always had stomach issues and Orange is just delicious smelling. I think she’s drooled over Peace & Calming too. It’s really so much fun for us to experiment with Young Living essential oils!

  • Janet Rutledge March 20, 2017 - 10:05 pm Reply

    I diffused like crazy (still do) in my kitchen when I first got my oils. After a few months I read that I needed to be cautious with diffusing around my birds. Well, his cage is about 15 feet from my diffuser and he seems to enjoy it. My cocketiel is 17 years old. My cat rubs his face on mine after I have applied oils and he sleeps on my bed with 2 diffusers going all night–he doesn’t budge. Stinker.

  • Marsha Dillon March 20, 2017 - 9:27 pm Reply

    I use Taway and Lavender on my female Jack Russell Terrier. I use coconut oil as a carrier oil and rub it all over her. She is a rescue dog around 2 and has very bad anxiety and separation anxiety. This has helped her so much. I’m very grateful and appreciative of the many ways Young Living has helped our entire family.

  • Nadine March 20, 2017 - 5:28 pm Reply

    Our Puggle has a sensitive stomach and it seems to rev up at bedtime. She would run around the bedroom licking her lips and making lots of noise. I started using Peppermint oil on her belly each night before bed. I pick up the bottles and she comes running! I rub a couple drops of Peppermint in my hands and rub her tummy. Yes, Peppermint is a hot oil but she loves it and it doesn’t bother her. She hasn’t had a problem since.

    When it comes to my horse, I make my own anti-itch spray and fly spray. She smells yummy and is soft and less itchy. I am going to play with the fly spray “recipe” this year and see if I can make it even better. I use a capful of Thieves household cleaner when I scrub my horses 250-gallon water tub.

    • Robin Reichardt March 21, 2017 - 4:08 pm Reply

      Nadine what is the fly recipe you are using–I have cattle but if the will close enough I want to use a spray bottle for this.

  • Debbie B March 20, 2017 - 4:44 pm Reply

    Our 3-year old Blue Heeler was having a really anxious day yesterday, barking, whining all day. I rubbed a drop of T-away between my palms, stroked it down her back and at the base of her ears. At first she was rolling around like she was trying to rub that tiny amount off, but then she calmed down, and no more anxiety, she was totally chill the rest of the day and evening!

  • Aimee March 20, 2017 - 12:16 pm Reply

    We have a nervous dachshund who likes to chew at herself. We have been applying lavender to her paws and it seems to have calmed her right down. We have also started making all of her shampoo to with the oils and she loves it… We are very grateful.

    • Ann March 20, 2017 - 10:08 pm Reply

      What is your recipe for her shampoo? I’m not a fan of the shampoo we’ve been using on our dog and would love to make one using oils.

  • Cecile March 20, 2017 - 9:19 am Reply

    I have now received my long waited for T-Away and can’t wait to see how it supports my 3 cats!

  • SuzieR March 18, 2017 - 5:01 pm Reply

    I have two female rescue dogs River (66lb) and Luna (73 lbs) They are a lab – Sheppard mix and a year old. I saw on the news you can use Juniper to help dogs by putting it in their bath to help with relieving toxins? Only thing is my dogs are so big we wash them in the back yard with the hose not the bath tub. Is there other ways we can use Juniper Essential Oil to help them?

    • Young Living March 20, 2017 - 12:59 pm Reply

      Hi SuzieR, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Ldm March 17, 2017 - 3:51 pm Reply

    My dog has environmental allergies and constantly chews on her feet-any suggestions?

    • Young Living March 20, 2017 - 11:51 am Reply

      Hi Ldm, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Erin Smith March 17, 2017 - 1:07 pm Reply

    I use Stress away on my horses and myself before we go in the show ring. I love how it helps us to focus and work as a team. I just rub a drop behind each ear and a drop on the belly button of my horse andrawn he visibly relaxes. One of my favorite blends!

  • Angelica March 17, 2017 - 12:35 pm Reply

    What is the youngest age to use on a dog?

    • Young Living March 20, 2017 - 1:05 pm Reply

      Hi Angelica, Essential oil usage should be avoided with puppies. We recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals.

  • Kathleen Wells March 17, 2017 - 9:25 am Reply

    I’m a Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner and use YL Essential Oils in my practice. The oils support animals’ bodies, minds, spirits and energy fields like no other, in a theraputic way. Check out Healing Touch for Animals.com to learn how you too can use and apply EOs to help your animals.

  • Paula Hodges March 17, 2017 - 8:57 am Reply

    What oils for cataracts in dogs?

    • Young Living March 20, 2017 - 11:51 am Reply

      Hi Paula, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Cynthia Cole March 17, 2017 - 8:12 am Reply

    I drove cross country (CA to NC) with my cat, using Peace & Calming to keep him relaxed while we drove 8+ hours each day. It worked like a charm! We would apply 3 times throughout the day. I cannot imagine that trip without this great blend of oils!

  • Marilynne S Manfredi March 17, 2017 - 7:59 am Reply

    I’m doing a lot of research on using EOs with pets. There are many holistic veterinarians who discuss how they use oils in their practice. Fascinating! One is the basic Raindrop Technique which uses Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, and Peppermint. This was created by Gary Young for humans, but holistic veterinarians are using it successfully with dogs, horses, and other animals. The oils are diluted in the V-6 Oil first for Cats and smaller animals. I have used this technique on my small dog with no negative responses.

  • Veronica Tann March 17, 2017 - 4:16 am Reply

    This is a question…you say not to use on sensitive areas. Does that mean just the oils…or…does that mean the ointment too?
    I had a live chat & said the ointment would be good for areas that Tabatha (my grand daughter’s cat) had licked to the point that there was bare areas of fur.
    I would really appreciate a reply…to clarify.

    • Young Living March 20, 2017 - 12:44 pm Reply

      Hi Veronica, We recommend following the directions listed on the Animal Scents™ Ointment. If you have further concerns, we recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals.

  • Tammy Hocking March 16, 2017 - 11:02 pm Reply

    I recently started to make my own YL EO Horse 🐴Fly Spray with excellent results. My Fly Spray is a BIG hit at my ranch as it not only takes care of those pesty flying critters but my Horse smells amazing! My Horse also LOVES Valor and literally tries to eat the bottle out of my hand… all sorts of “licking & chewing going on whenever I put the bottle under his sweet, soft muzzle… only the BEST for my Q-Ball

    • Trish March 17, 2017 - 4:18 pm Reply

      Tammy what is your recipe for YL EO Horse Fly Spray?

      • Mary Jo Butitta March 21, 2017 - 6:15 pm Reply

        I make my own fly spray. Since Avon’s Skin-So-Soft is known to repel mosquitoes, I use it as the carrier oil. I use a spray bottle, filling it about 1/4 with the Skin-so-Soft, next I add about 15-25 drops of YL Citronella, then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake well and spray. I spray this recipe on a rag to apply on the head & ears. It sure works better than commercial fly sprays that are toxic.

    • Vanessa Sumnick March 17, 2017 - 9:40 pm Reply

      Hi Tammy! Would you mind sharing your recipe? I help my friend care for her equines, and we were talking about making a YL EO homemade fly spray. This would be incredibly helpful! Thanks a bunch!

    • Judy Suan March 18, 2017 - 4:07 am Reply

      Tammy what oils /amounts do you use in making your horse fly spray? Would you share recipe
      ?

    • teresa hart March 18, 2017 - 6:04 am Reply

      Would you please tell me what you’re using for fly spray and the mixture. I live in Florida and the flies are terrible. My horse is 27 and I only want the best for him:)
      Thank you,
      Teresa

    • Judy March 18, 2017 - 7:23 am Reply

      Would be interested in the fly spray recipe/instructions. Our dogs suffer from the neighbor’s stable flies!

    • Pam March 19, 2017 - 4:34 am Reply

      Tammy,

      Would you please share the recipe you used for fly spray?

      Thanks

    • Brenna March 20, 2017 - 7:54 am Reply

      Can you please share your horse fly recipe??! My mom wants to use the oils for her horse but she’s unsure of what is safe and a tried and true recipe would really help her. Thanks so much!!

  • Jackie March 16, 2017 - 10:25 pm Reply

    How do I use Puriclean on my dogs? I have a mini Schnauzer and a mini cockapoo. My husband sprays them with chemicals and I don’t like it so that’s why I bought Puriclean.

  • Jeanette Phippin March 16, 2017 - 9:21 pm Reply

    I use oils on Idris, my puppy, I pat them on her and also use a blend I made on her collar to keep fleas and ticks away. She loves oils.

    • Mary Stanford March 18, 2017 - 4:58 pm Reply

      What is the blend?

  • Lisa garven March 16, 2017 - 8:46 pm Reply

    Bella ( black golden retriever)has been brought up on oils. She gets new dog treats every week. She loves those. Everyone one wants to know how I get her coat so shiny but that is my secret. Ha.

  • Corri March 16, 2017 - 8:12 pm Reply

    Our fur baby is a dog. Her name is Lily. She’s a 7 lb yorkiepoo. She loves the smell of animal scents. I have used lavender to keep her from taking her bandage off of her foot. I have applied animal scents to pad of her feet.

  • Sophie March 15, 2017 - 5:31 pm Reply

    What oils would be good and beneficial for a horse and how should I apply safely for the best results

  • JESAMA MULLEN March 14, 2017 - 9:36 pm Reply

    Please allow us to share on Facebook email not just tweet and pin

    • Young Living March 15, 2017 - 10:13 am Reply

      Hey Jesama! That is a really great suggestion. Thanks for your input. Without our readers giving us their ideas, we can’t improve. We will look into adding this feature. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Kimberley Jumper March 16, 2017 - 9:31 pm Reply

        I totally agree with Jesama. 🙂

    • Cheryl March 18, 2017 - 11:12 am Reply

      I just posted on my FB with no problem!

  • Rebecca Herrington March 14, 2017 - 10:20 am Reply

    I use Young Living Essential Oils in our animals constantly. This past week I used DiGize on my horse when he had colic. I rubbed about 10 drop down on his belly towards the back where there is less hair, as well as the insides of his ears. I also applied lavender to the insides of his ears to help calm him. This is the second time I have had to do this with him and both times within a couple hours he was better. I have caught it very early and keep a very close eye on him to be sure he does not get any worse. When he was feeling better I followed up with the Raindrop on him as well as our other horse. I also applied digize to my cat by adding a drop to my hand and petting him. He is a deformed rescue cat with digestive issues and it has helped a lot. I also added oregano oil with some Himalayan sea salt to all my chickens water containers to give a boost the new chicks. I used thieves house hold cleaner to do a deep spring cleaning on the chicken coop as well as weekly to clean all water container for the animals. I think this week our dogs have not needed any oils, but when they do I grab them quickly out of my animal essential oil case I have. Young Living essential oils and products are a must have on our little farm.

  • Janet March 14, 2017 - 6:09 am Reply

    Dr Melissa Shelton DVM, is a holistic vet and there is a book for animals from a her on essential oils.

  • Beth Hennes March 13, 2017 - 9:42 pm Reply

    I wish there were tips here for bunnies… I have two house rabbits (litter-trained and free-range inside). I worry that advice like “treating them like cats” is not ideal. They are small and fragile, but are herbivores and more similar to horses in their digestion.

    • Jane Neely March 20, 2017 - 9:28 pm Reply

      On Facebook look up Paws4Essential Oils – with a Dr Janet Roark including rabbits online in February but they give the Facebook for her.

  • Rae Ann Cooler March 13, 2017 - 8:28 pm Reply

    My daughter, Hillary, runs an equine assisted mental health ministry. We use primarily horses, but also dogs, cats, rabbits, and pigs. This can be very high stress for these animals sometimes. We want all our hard working four legged therapists healthy so we use essential oils like Lavender, Frankincense, Thieves, Purification, and Peppermint or DiGize (if a horse shows signs of possible beginnings of colic) to keep them happy and healthy. We have shared the secrets of oils with many if our horse and dog friends.

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