Aromatherapy and Preventative Pet Care
Using essential oils and hydrosols with your pets
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Money Spent on Veterinary Bills
According to the American Pet Products Association Americans will spend approximately $45.4 billion on their pets in 2009. Of that figure approximately 27% is expected to be spent on veterinary care.
Preventive Healthcare for Pets
Since veterinary care can be a costly expense it is particularly important to keep pets healthy. One of the ways to do this is to provide your pet with preventive healthcare through the use of aromatherapy. Most people who use aromatherapy themselves already know the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.
Benefits of Aromatherapy for Pets
Here are some benefits to using essential oils and aromatherapy for pets:
Essential Oil Suggestions
Try adding 15 drops of Peppermint essential oil to a bucket of water. It makes a great final rinse in a horse”s stall if there is a problem with mice.
Placing a few drops of Citronella essential oil on a dog”s grooming brush before use will help to deter fleas.
To a small cut or bite on a dog, bathe the area with a solution of salt water and 2 drops of Thyme essential oil. Once the wound has been thoroughly rinsed, apply 1 drop of Lavender essential oil to the area.
Guidelines for using Essential Oils on Animals
Many people assume that if essential oils are safe for them they must safe and effective for their children and pets. This is not always the case. There are some very important guidelines for using essential oils on animals:
Hydrosols as a Safe Option
Hydrosols are the only safe aromatherapy option for treating cats. Hydrosols are easily tolerated by cats and are non-toxic. Their concentration levels are far less than essential oils and do not require dilution. Hydrosols also work well to keep flies from horses” faces.
This article was first published at Suite 101 on August 18, 2009 and is republished here as per the terms of our agreement with Suite 101. Visit Suite 101 to read all of our articles.
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