Essential Oil Education, Farming, Homesteading, and Caring for Animals

For the Dogs (and Cats)

We love our pets. They aren’t just animals, but family. And we must do what is best for them. This was our puppy Smokey. We didn’t get to keep him for long because I had gotten pregnant and Smokey became very protective of me, not wanting even my husband and kids around me. While we loved him, it became obvious we weren’t meant to keep him.

Fortunately, we found an older lady nearby who had just lost her two Chihuahuas. Both had passed away from old age. She was sad and lonely and needed Smokey. And when Smokey met her, it was clear he needed her.

I often think we bought Smokey to give to this sweat lady 6 months later. We gave him to her out of love. It’s been almost 2 years and we still miss him.

Manny - effectsNow we have cats and kittens… (Anyone who wants a kitten, let me know.) They are so fun and cute and many of the neighborhood kids are enjoying them as well.

In this post, I’ll share with you some ways to help your furry family member feel better and act better with essential oils, but I also want to see pictures of your pets and hear how you care for your four-legged family member.

animal-dog-pet-bulldogThe Natural Dog Health Remedies says that these essential oils are okay for use on pets for short terms. Because our furry family members are highly sensitive, it is recommended to use only the highest quality of essential oils on them. The best and my most trusted brand is….click here to find out.

Bergamot: soothing and anti-fungal properties, usually used in drop form. for ear troubles in dogs caused by outside threats or overproduction of yeast.

         Cautions: Can create a sensitivity to the sun. NOT recommended for cats.

Cedarwood:  cleansing properties, as well as working to stimulate the circulation.

         Cautions: NOT recommended for use on rodents or cats.

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I’m available for adoption! I’m a female and come from a long line of mousers!

Chamomile (Roman): calms nerves and muscle spasms, soothing properties, effective relief for teeth aches and cramps.

         Cautions: Good for both cats and dogs, but a little goes a long way.

Clary Sage: sedates the central nervous system

         Cautions: Must be distilled and diluted properly to be safe for pets. Use only in small amounts.

Frankincense Oil:  works in the immune system and helps support healthy cellular function and healthy skin. Has shown positive results with abnormal cell growth in pets. Increases blood supply to the brain.

         Cautions: Safe for cats but can cause hypertension (high blood pressure) so use with caution.

Geranium Oil: good for repelling ticks and works well for skin irritations and fungal problems of the ears. Nerve calming properties.

         Cautions: too much direct use of oil may cause skin irritations

Ginger:  aids tummy issues, discomfort relief for strains, sprains, abnormal cell growth and stiff joints

         Cautions: is generally safe, but use sparingly until you know the effects.

Helichrysum Oil:  effective for discomfort relief, skin conditions and irritations, with soothing properties.

         Cautions: generally safe for both cats and dogs when used as directed

Lavender: calms nerves, creates a mellow feeling, helps aid in sleep

         Cautions: must be a top-grade essential oil to be safe and effective for both cats and dogs. Use is a diffuser or drops on bedding.

Peppermint Oil:  works well for motion sickness, stimulates circulation, repels insects and good for stiff joints, sprains and abnormal cell growth

         Cautions: NOT for use in cats as it is too potent.

Rosemary Oil:  calms nerves, antioxidant, aids in digestion and repels insects.

         Cautions: too much rosemary may lead to anxiety in pets.

dog paw.jpgNow, how to apply the oils to your pets…

Since animals are smaller and sensitive, dilute the oils, and let your pet smell the oils and see how they react to certain smells. (Avoid using Melaleuca on cats.)

Oils for joint discomfort can be applied directly to the joint. Oils can be applied to the paws as well as to the scruff of the neck.

Other great tips for your pets… (From The ESSENTIAL Life book, pages 414 – 415)

dog biscuits.jpgBad Breath Biscuits

2 cups flour

1/2 cup oats

1/4 teaspoon Real (Redmond) Salt

2 bananas

3 eggs

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1-6 drops peppermint essential oil (depending on size of dog. 1 for your tiny toys and puppies, 6 for your Great Danes and Mastiffs)

1 toothpick to 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil (again, depending on dog size)

Mix all dry ingredients. In another bowl mix banana, eggs, peanut butter, and coconut oil thoroughly together. Add essential oils and mix again, well. Stir dry mix ingredients into wet mixture until combined.

Using a spoon, scoop balls onto cookie sheet (depending on dog size) and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes. Makes 1-3 dozen.

cat collar.jpgFlea Collar Repellent

1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol

4 garlic oil capsules

1 drop cedarwood essential oil

1 drop lavender essential oil

1 drop lemon essential oil

1 drop thyme essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a Mason jar. Soak a cloth animal collar in mixture for 25 – 30 minutes. Lay out to dry. Place on pet. Repeat every 2 – 4 weeks.

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