Essential Oils for Dogs
Essential oils can be safely used with dogs if certain measures of safety and caution are taken. Dogs, like humans, can enjoy a toxin-free environment where they are not exposed to harsh chemicals found in products such as cleaners, candles, air fresheners, carpet sprays, soaps, etc. Please be attentive to your dog and exercise careful observation - after consultation with your veterinarian - when using essential oils with them.
Please do not accept advice from an animal profession (i.e. vet) who does not possess knowledge about essential oils. Simply being dismissive about these oils without explanation is not considered professional advice! Please consider a consultation with a holistic veterinarian who actually has a background in aromatherapy and/or essential oil usage with pets and animals.
A Dog's Purpose, Besides Companionship
Dogs are believed to have nearly 500 million olfactory cells and receptors. In comparison, humans are said to have about 5 million olfactory cells. Put differently, dogs have nearly 100 times greater olfaction capabilities (sense of smell) than humans.
Why is this important? Well, essential oils are potent by nature. They are the extract of the parent plant which maximizes their potency. If you apply an oil on yourself or in the diffuser, and it seems on the strong side to you, it will certainly be STRONG to your dog.
Be considerate of your own application and usage of essential oils. By using essential oils on your body, YOU are acting as the diffuser. Please, be observant of your companion on your journey.
Please exercise caution, especially with the following oils
These are the oils that most frequently were cited as potentially hazardous when conducting my own research. This is not meant to be a fully exhaustive list. Life Science's Animal Desk Reference assures users that if Young Living essential oils are chosen, and proper caution and observation are exercised, that most oils on this list are not of great concern. Admittedly, this list also contains oils that are most frequently found to have impurities when made to fragrance grade standards-which is what most imitator essential oils are on the market. Young Living's Seed to Seal standard assures 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils! To avoid problems, this is why you need to choose Young Living over any other company.
In consultation with your vet, please use caution with the following:
If you choose to use any of the above oils, please look for any signs of discomfort or symptoms such as:
We have used many of the above oils safely with our pets. We always err on the side of caution when diluting oils. Observe their reaction. Being alert and attentive to your animal is crucial (regardless of whether or not you are using oils with them). Always give them an out, never trap them in a tight space with a diffuser running. Allow them to move away from the oils to another room or area. Do not initially use oils and then leave the pet alone for several hours. Please do not mistake any of this for animal or medical professional advice. These are tips that I would give myself and are for your informational purposes only. If you are at all concerned or nervous, consult a knowledgeable animal health professional. To put your mind at ease, please consider consulting the Animal Desk Reference when using essential oils with animals. Please do not avoid the potential benefits of using essential oils due to your lack of awareness or education on their safety and efficacy!
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It was important for me to bring my dogs along with me on my wellness journey. I am a proud owner of two great dogs... Kasey and Harper. Kasey is our Golden Retriever and Harper is our Black Lab mix. Honestly, they mean so much to us, and they are a big part of why we are doing the Young Living lifestyle and using natural products in our home. We want them to live as long as possible with minimal health complications (and I suppose we want to do that for ourselves as well, however we are talking about them today!).
Once I bought the Premium Starter Kit, I started becoming more aware of the harmful chemicals hiding in our personal care and household products. I then began to learn about concepts such as chronic bioaccumulation which is potentially a the buildup of contaminants over time from commonly used household items. The Environmental Working Group has made it easy to identify known health risks and contaminants in everyday products. This really got me thinking that we needed our old products out of the house and that change needed to happen! I could not just simply continue to use harmful products in our home after being fully aware of the ingredients they contain (this was a huge selling point for my husband as well).
We recognized that our old household supplies from the grocery store were not positively contributing to our health, dogs included. Remember, whatever you use in your home will be exposed not only our own system, but will be exposed to your family as well! I learned some unbelievable concepts of how the microbiota can be permanently influenced based solely on exposure from the book Let Them Eat Dirt. In the book they discuss how our microbiome, and thereby our children's bacterial flora can be influenced by what we expose ourselves to. They even discuss how dogs can play as positive role in influencing a healthy microbiota in children and adults by exposing them to diversified microbiota. I highly recommend all parents read this book!
I then realized that anything and everything that I used to clean the floors, carpets, crates, water bowls, or even spray in the rooms were also being absorbed into all of our bodies. The dogs were even more susceptible to this as they roll on the floors, chew their bones on the floor, and the Golden constantly licks her paws due to skin sensitivity (many Golden Retriever owners can relate).
Once we began thinking about all of these exposures, we started making small changes around the house. The last thing I would want to do is put their health and longevity at risk based on what I choose to bring into my home. By evaluating the purpose of essential oils as a "replacement" and not an additive to your lifestyle, you become responsible for improving your awareness of what ingredients are in your house! By using pure essential oils, you know exactly what is in your cleaners, air fresheners, room sprays, detergents, self-care products, etc. It is that simple. You know all the ingredients! By switching your household over to essential oils, you no longer have to wonder why "1,3-dimethylol-5,5-dimethylhydantoin" is in your shampoo (this is an extremely common ingredient in shampoos and has been linked to the release formaldehyde).
The Young Living community and essential oil lifestyle has made me realize that I am the gatekeeper of our home and thereby our health. No one else is going to look after my own families health, but me. So, in June of 2016, we started to take control of our health and wellness and never looked back. I began educating myself through research and reading, learning how I could make my home a safe haven for everyone. Two books that helped me get started are: The Essential Oil Truth Second Edition: the Facts Without the Hype and Vitality: The Young Living Lifestyle, both by Jen O'Sullivan.
I started my wellness journey with a Premium Starter Kit. One of the first things I did after I got my kit was learn how to use essential oils safely with pets. I believe it is very important to know how to start implementing essential oils into a home with pets because some additional factors need to be considered when other animals are involved.
Since a starter kit is the best and most common way people get started with Young Living, I am going to share just a few ways I use starter kit oils with my dogs. Young Living does have many other products to clean up your home such as Thieves Cleaning Products and the Animal Scents Products. For now however, let’s talk about using the Premium Starter Kit oils.
Here Are a Few Ways I Feel Comfortable Using Oils with My Dogs
As always, I recommend consulting with your veterinarian prior to usage.
I do encourage you to please do your own research as well and discuss with your veterinarian if you have concerns about using essential oils with pets. I gained nearly 100% of my knowledge and comfortably using oils with my dogs by asking my vet as well as referring to the Essential Oil Desk Reference For Animals.
Many people ask me can I use any essential oil company or does it have to be Young Living essential oils? Here is what I can tell you, I only trust Young Living essential oils. The reason why is their seed to seal promise. This promise assures you that Young Living owns every part of the essential oil manufacturing process from seed, to plant, to distillation, to bottling. We have even visited their farms in Mona, Utah several times and you will see pictures of us all over the site that were taking at Young Living facilities. There is no other company that provides this much transparency about their process! Trust me, we have called and messaged other leading manufacturers of essential oils to ask where their farms are located so that we can take a visit and guess what... THE OTHER COMPANIES EITHER DID NOT ALLOW US TO VISIT OR DID NOT KNOW WHERE THEIR OWN FARMS WERE LOCATED!!! This is very important as some ingredients are not recommended for animals and how can you protect your animal from ingredients that you do not even know are in the product? This is why third-party testing has become such an important standard.
How We Use our Premium Starter Kit Oils in a Home with Dogs
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I hope you enjoy hearing a few ways we use essential oils in our home. Please remember to research and learn proper safety before using essential oils with your animals. Again, and I know I have said this a thousand times, the best book to use for this information comes from Essential Oils Animal Desk Reference.
All containers and supplies that I use for my DIY recipes mentioned here are outlined on our supply page.
As always, if you are new to essential oils and do not have any of your own, consider a premium starter kit from Young Living. This is widely regarded as the simplest way to get started with essential oils. When signing up for your first kit, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our leaders. This is an important step as they will provide you with ongoing support for the lifetime of your Young Living journey at no added cost to you! You can do this simply by visiting the our team page and selecting the individual you would like as your direct upline.
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The Oil Sister
My name is Missy and I am the owner of Essentially Well LLC and the primary author of "The Oil Sister". Challenging myself to learn about natural health and wellness has been a life-changing experience for me. I want to share what I have learned with YOU!
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