About Essential Oils:
Essential oils have always been in question when it comes to pets. For years, there has been a debate amongst pet parents about whether or not to use essential oils for their furry friends. But, in recent years, the scenario has evolved. Pet lovers have started to consider essential oils for their pets despite the scepticism.
If there was a manual on Pet Parenting the most common FAQs would have been 'What are essential oils exactly' and 'what is their purpose?’.
Essential oils are not to be confused with essential nutrients. Essential nutrients are the nutrients that the subject organism needs to keep healthy. The essential oil is in fact, the oil that is extracted from a plant mostly for medicinal purposes. It is used in aromatherapy for humans and sometimes in pets as well. These oils can be ingested, inhaled, or taken in as scent. They have been proven to have an impact on physical as well as emotional health. How Lavender Oil is used amongst humans for calming down during stress; It can also be used to calm down animals and can also help them sleep well. Essential oils are not just a treatment for a physical problem, they can help your pet on a deeper level, by affecting his neurochemistry.
The Essentials of Essential Oils:
The use of essential oils may not seem like rocket science but it’s not something to be taken lightly either. Using them around your canines and felines is a hugely different thing. There are a few things one must consider while introducing your pet to essential oils:
- The most important thing to consider is the QUALITY of these oils. A cheap product can have adverse effects on your pets’ health, and absolutely not worth it! Saving a few bucks can cost serious ailments and can also be fatal. Sometimes, a renowned, expensive product may cause harm too; it’s not always about the price of the product, but its authenticity and quality. Choose your product wisely.
- Cats and dogs are extremely sensitive to smell. Excessive use of these oils can draw in a lot of unwanted issues. So, always DILUTE them with a mild oil and keep the room/house ventilating always.
- Check for ALLERGIES! Do not extend the use of essential oils if your pet shows slightest distress or discomfort. Stop right there after noticeable signs on the skin or things like lethargy, diarrhoea, depression, weakness, seizures, or even excessive drooling.
- Be careful while using these oils. DO NOT apply directly to eyes, nose, or inside the ears or nostrils and the genital areas. Diffuse in the room or spray a little around their comfy corner.
Oils to look out for:
Some of the regular essential oils used by humans can be used for pets too. Directly or indirectly. For e.g. TEA TREE OIL. There is an array of grooming products for DOGS and CATS made from the Tea Tree oil. Shampoos, soaps, sprays, lotions, conditioners etc. These herbal, oil-based products have a great impact on your pet’s well-being and grooming.
There are a few oils which should not be used around animals as they could prove to be toxic for them. Oils that are TOXIC for CATS are Cinnamon, Oregano, Clove, Wintergreen, Thyme, and Sweet Birch. Oils that are TOXIC for DOGS are Cinnamon, Citrus, Pennyroyal, Pine, Sweet Birch, Wintergreen, Ylang Ylang. The oils that are GOOD for DOGS include Lavender, Cardamom, Chamomile, Spearmint, and Thyme. The GOOD ones for CATS include Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and Rosemary.
While all this sums up the essential information about essential oils, before using this information, it is especially important to check with your vet. Consider this a PRO tip! Our pet’s good health must be insured with us. Parenting is indeed a CHAOTIC BLISS! Live to love it!