I was at the pet store the other day and I saw a section of product that wasn’t normally there. It just so happened to be a “natural solutions for pets” section. So, being the curious cat that I am (see what I did there;) ), I went and checked it out. The first product I picked up was a natural flea repellent, Ingredients: Peppermint and Geranium oil. I mean, come on! If the pet industry is recognizing the value of essential oils, then we are making progress, people!
We have been using doTERRA oils on our dogs for years now. When I was pregnant with Ella, I was applying flea medicine to the dogs’ backs and I had a thought, What if Ella (my teenie tiny, precious little girl touched the dogs where I put the medicine and then she put her hands in her mouth?! Gross. So there went the flea medicine in the garbage and out came the oils. Essential oil are (mostly) a safe and effective way to help our fur babies if a more natural approach is your M.O. For Buster (RIP) we used lavender oil to help with his seizures and for both Chewie and Busty Guy, we used a number of oils for flea control. We even have a diffuser in their room for when it gets extra smelly LOL.
Our pets are our children and I am sure if you are a pet person, you feel the same way. I want a natural and safe way to treat my animals that isn’t full of harmful chemicals. For all of the same reasons that the quality of essential oils for humans is important, the same is so for animals. This is why I only use doTERRA on my pet kiddos too. Just a reminder, oils don’t always replace a trip to the vet but they sure are helpful when needed! One more thing, dogs have a much more intense sense of smell than we do so a very little amount goes a long way.
We can use oils in pets, the same way we use them; Aromatically, Topically, and Internally.
There are a few ways to do this, Diffusing oils in the house, Opening a bottle and letting your dog smell straight from the bottle, or even putting some on your hands and letting them smell your hands
Until you know how your dog will react to oils, I would recommend diluting the oil with some kind of carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc.). Placing oil in the pads of their feet, the tips of their ears or at the base of the tail are all great places to apply oils. You can even rub the oils on your hands and give them a nice fur rub (they deserve it :)). Our fave way in our house is to make a spray with oil and some water and spray Chewie’s back.
You can drop some oil on to the dog food so that they ingest the oil. This route can be helpful to liver and gastrointestinal issues.
Top 10 Essential Oils for Pets
Frankincense: Anxiety, Colitis, Inflammation, Infections, Insect bites, Scarring, Tumors Lavender: Abscesses, Anxiety, Allergies, Burns, Conjunctivitis, Inflammation, Wounds Lemon: Anxiety, Electrolyte Imbalance, Immune Boost, Infections, Lymph Function Peppermint: Asthma, Bronchitis, Diarrhea, Fever, Heatstroke, Inflammation, Ulcers Oregano: Bronchitis, Colds, Infections, MRSA, Ring Worm, Strep, Staph OnGuard: Abscesses, Colds, Flu, Immune Support, MRSA, Oral Health, Parasites, Bites Breathe: Asthma, Allergies, Colds, Heatstroke, Kennel Cough Balance: Anxiety, Dysplasia, Joint Issues (Add Lemongrass & Balance!) Melissa: Anxiety, Chronic Cough, Depression, Flu, Herpes, Immune Support Helichrysum: Bleeding, Liver Issues, Nerve Damage, Wound Care
Chewie’s Flea Repellent Mist
In a glass spray bottle, put 4-6 drops of Rosemary and 4-6 drops of Purify; fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water (if possible).Lightly spray dog, avoiding eyes. Reapply as needed for flea prevention.
The whole family can benefit from having these oils! Just one more reason why having doTERRA oils in your home is beyond empowering :):). You can find these glorious oils here!
Peace & Pups, nikki
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