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Using essential oils and hydrosols with your pets

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Keeping pets healthy and disease free is important with the rise of veterinarian costs. One of the ways to keep pets healthy is by using essential oils and hydrosols.

Pets play an important role in the lives of their human companions. One recent US study found that more than 60% of US households owned at least one pet. Pet ownership is both rewarding and a big responsibility.

Pets and Their Costs

Before purchasing a dog, cat or other typical household pet, be aware of their needs and the costs involved in the care of your chosen pet. Make sure lifestyle compatibility issues have been addressed. Pets require exercise, grooming, feeding, bathing, a safe and secure environment, care when you are away and health care.

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:

  • Can help get rid of bad odors
  • Boost pet”s immune system
  • Fight off bacteria and viruses
  • Control fleas and parasites
  • Repel insects
  • Treat mild ailments such as: skin inflammation, itchy skin, ear infections, various rashes, bad breath, flatulence, burns, arthritis, and cuts
  • For caged animals or animals in stalls, essential oils can be used to clean and disinfect living areas.

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:

  • While dogs have been known to tolerate essential oil when used at 1/3 the normal human strength, other pets do not fare so well. In fact, using essential oils on other pets such as birds and cats can have an adverse effect.
  • Never use essential oils to treat a cat. Cats do not digest essential oils like humans and dogs do so be very careful when spraying essential oils on the carpet or into the air. Doing this can be toxic to cats.
  • Never give essential oils to pets by mouth or in food.
  • Because pets lick their coats, never use essential oils undiluted, directly on their skin.
  • When applying essential oils, ensure good ventilation and leave an exit accessible so the pet can leave the room if he or she desires

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.


*This is educational information and any opinions expressed here-in do not replace professional medical advice. If you are ill, see a suitably qualified medical practitioner.*

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