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

78 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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  • Hi Rene! Excellent thoughts. We always agree with being careful and observant when it comes to EO’s and our furry, hairy, and scaly loved ones. You should always closely monitor your pets when introducing new oils or blends to yourself or in the air. This blog is a basic guideline, and is not a full list of cautions. Always consult with a Vet that is experienced in EO usage around animals! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Ruth, Cats have a much higher sensitivity and are more adverse to high phenol oils. As humans bodies differ from person to person, so do cats differ from cat to cat. Some may be especially adverse to Thieves and Christmas Spirit, while others are not bothered by it being diffused. We recommend wearing it on you while determining how yours react before diffusing for long periods of time. Thieves oil in the cleaner is much more diluted, and should be safe for all your family and animal babies. However if you have any concerns, reach out to a Veterinarian who has experience with EO’s and cats. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Crystal! We do recommend diluting when using essential oils with horses. We also recommend diluting in a spray bottle with water to ensure that the oil is diluted and for easier application. When using essential oils with animals, it is always good to start slow when introducing essential oils and usage. Each horse may have different sensitivities to different oils. If you have concerns about Tea Tree causing an irritation, or burning with your horse, reach out to a Veterinarian who has experience with EO’s and horses. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Alicia! You can absolutely diffuse some oils around cats. You just want to follow the guidelines on this blog, and the ones you can also find on this blog, EO’s for Pets a Quick How To. You always want to introduce them slowly, and avoid high phenol oils. If you have any specific concerns, reach out to a veterinarian that has experience with Essential Oils with pets. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Kate, We do not recommend using Essential Oils on puppies. We would suggest conferring with a Veterinarian who has experience with Essential Oils prior to using the Ointment on your puppies as well, for more targeted advise. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Debby! As we recommend using extreme caution around birds and do not recommend diffusing near birds, we would advise speaking to a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on or around birds PRIOR to use for targeted advice. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Leah! 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 who has experience with essential oils on your specific issue. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Erica

    In addition to my last question, this includes cleaning with thieves products, body and all purpose cleaning products. thank you

  • Erica

    We live in a home with five birds as well as 4 cats. I’ve been utilizing essentials now since I moved in, carefully, reading and researching. Can anyone with experience with diffusing around tropical birds give me their best suggestion. Please and thank you:)* Namaste
    on a side note i’m very open to constructive criticism and pure intention. thanks

  • Mary Potrawski

    My brother has a cockatiel that possibly has cancer. Is there an oil tha5 can help her?

    • Hi Mary, We are sorry to hear about the pet’s current medical challenges. 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. We wish your animal friend a speedy recovery!

  • JoAnn Kowalski

    Inevitably of my cats has a lot of anxiety which he is on meds for. Which oil can I use to relax him? Peace & calming? Lavender? Stress away?? I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thanks

    • Hi JoAnn, Essential oils can be safely and effectively shared with your animal friends. However, if your pet has a disease or medical condition, or if they are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals prior to using an Essential Oil. You will also want to seek their advice about potential interactions between the medications and essential oils. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lisa Sisca Furtado

    Is there an oil that is good for ears on dogs?

    • Hi Lisa, we recommend applying the oils to your dog’s paws, not ears. If you have further concerns, we recommend speaking to your veterinarian for targeted advice. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Deirdre Elvis-Peterson

    Doesn’t the use of water with essential oils drive the oil deeper…wouldn’t that be a “don’t”?

    • Hi Deidre, the dilution with water is referring to using the essential oils in a spray bottle for easier application on large animals such as horses. We recommend using V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex when diluting for topical application on smaller animals. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Brandi

    Hi! I have a 7 year old rescued Olde English Bulldog! He’s honestly THE most gentle guy but suffers from MAJOR allergies both environmental and food. We’ve narrowed down what it is. We’re giving him weekly immunotherapy injections and he’s on regular allergy medication. Poor guy STILL suffers with dry skin, itching and anxiety related licking. Anyone have experience with something that might ease his discomfort?

    • Nicole

      Do you use the Young Living Pets Shampoo? That is incredible for their skin!

    • Denise Peters

      Brandi, We have an American Bulldog with sensitivities and we are working with our vet.Now I have not used the oils topically on him or had him digest anything. We are taking things one step at a time but diffusing Thieves is a good alternative to the others.

  • Robin

    A member asked if it was safe to diffuse around a tarantula? Are there any oils to avoid?

    • Hi Robin, as small creatures are very sensitive to essential oils, we recommend speaking with a trained veterinarian for targeted advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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