If you read our blog on pet health tips for spring allergies, you may have noticed we briefly mentioned aromatherapy for pets. Aromatherapy is a holistic practice that is great for the whole family. Perhaps you use it in your household already. Essential oils can be used in several ways. For example, some people add essential oils to their bath or homemade skincare balms and creams. You can also incorporate them into your pet care routine. Before you start, do research on which essential oils are suited for pets.
Stick to the basics if you are new to aromatherapy.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy for pets?
An essential oil humidifier or diffuser is a game-changer. It is a much-loved addition to your home if you or your pet suffers from congestion, seasonal allergies, or dry skin. Aromatherapy for pets is touted for its calming effects, helping anxiety, aggression, or mental distress. Essential oils act as an air purifier clearing the air from airborne pathogens. When applied topically with a carrier oil, essential oils may alleviate some skin conditions. Some essential oils may also alleviate joint discomfort, bad breath, parasites and improve coat health.
How to add aromatherapy for pets into your pet care regimen:
- Dilute: Never apply essential oils directly to your cat or dog’s skin without a carrier oil. You may have noticed that some natural pet care balms or creams contain essential oils. Some pet owners add a drop (one is more than enough) to cream for added benefits. Our Treatibles Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Topical Cream – 60 mg CBD for Dogs & Cats is a soothing and nourishing cream excellent for minor skin irritations. You can also add a few drops to your pet’s bath during bath time. Do not go overboard – less is more. You do not want your dog to ingest any oils or too much product while grooming. Focus on areas of concern and avoid their paws and other sensitive areas.
- Pet-friendly Essential Oils: Tea tree oil is an ingredient in many natural dog care products. Unfortunately, it is toxic for dogs. Here are a few essential oils that are generally safe for pets – Ginger, Frankincense, Ginger, Myrrh, Cedarwood, and Chamomile. Each oil has purported benefits. Make sure you are purchasing 100% essential oils. Keep in mind some essential oils for dogs are toxic for cats. The essential oils listed above are suitable for both. If you are not sure, ask your vet or holistic care specialist.
- Pet-friendly Carrier Oils: Coconut Oil is a popular carrier oil. Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Borage Seed Oil, and Grapeseed Oil are good options.
- Diffuser & Humidifier: This is the easiest way to add aromatherapy for pets into your lifestyle. Add a few drops to a diffuser. An essential oil humidifier gives you two benefits in one machine! Humidifiers are great for allergies. Do not place your diffuser or humidifier directly next to your pet’s sleeping area. Also, keep an eye out for usual behavior during this time. Unusual behavior is an indication that your pet is not responding well to the essential oil in your diffuser or humidifier. Use your essential oil diffusers should well-ventilated areas of your home.
Note: Please ask your pet care provider before incorporating essential oils into your pet care routine. Since every animal is different, what works for one dog or cat may not work for yours. For topical application, do a patch test before applying to larger areas.