Some people tend to have second thoughts if it’s okay to use essential oils for pets. This is due to the fact that animals have higher sensitivity than human beings.
However, this doesn’t mean that they cannot get some benefits out of essentials oils. In fact, they can also enjoy the aromatic benefits we absorb from these oil extracts too.
Let me show how to use essential oils for your beloved pets.
Think About Your Pet First
Animals have a stronger olfactory smell. Hence, they are more sensitive to the aroma. You need to dilute the essential oil first before letting your pets inhale them.
For topical application, always avoid their eyes.
You also need to cautiously observe how your pets react when trying out essential oils. Animals have unique ways in showing how they love or hate something. Don’t force them to like your favorite essential oil if they hated it. You might end up risking their wellbeing.
If you have cats at home, then don’t use high-phenol essential oils like Thyme and Oregano. Cats don’t like high-phenol oils. They also loath citrus-type essential oils so keep that in mind.
The Number of Drops Depends on the Pet’s Size
The size of your pet is an important factor in determining how many drops of oil you should use. 3 to 5 drops of essential oil are enough for small pets. Dilute the oil by adding 5 drops of diluting agent for every 1 drop of essential oil.
3 to 5 drops of oil without dilution is enough for larger pets such as the large breed of dogs. However, try to visit the oil’s instruction first and make your best judgment whether dilution is still needed or not.
As for animals with a size of a horse or cattle, 10 drops are enough and dilution is no longer needed. Still, visit the essential oil’s bottle label and double check if there’s an indication that a diluting agent is required.
Slowly Introduce the Oil
Don’t jump ahead by applying oil directly to your pet just because a friend did too with a similar pet. Slowly introduce the aroma of the oil by applying a drop on your palm and letting your pet become acquainted with the smell.
You may also apply the oil to yourself if you find your pet resisting the smell. If you go for this method, I suggest you stay near your pet most of the time. Do this for several hours and your pet will get used to the smell.
Appropriately Apply the Oil
Once your pets got used to the aroma, you may now apply the oil directly to them.
For dogs and cats, the best application is through their paws. You may also rub the essential oil on your palms and stroke their fur.
As for animals with a hoof, you can effectively apply the oil on their flanks or spine.
Simply follow all these tips and you will be able to enjoy your favorite essential oils with your pets.