Essential Oils

Our Furry Friend

You all know how much we love our furry friend Bella. She is a Kelpie cross Staffy – affectionate and very intelligent.   

I was a little reluctant about getting a pet at first, but now I am so glad to have this cute and cheeky puppy following me around the home especially on those long days working from home.  

Here is something interesting; studies have shown that owning an animal can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol.  I have to say I totally agree with that, also not a bad reason to own a pet right? 😉 

Now, when it comes to essential oils and pets I wanted to be well informed. You will find various contradicting information over the internet and as you know I love and use essential oils every day around the home. When we got Bella as a puppy I was also keen to learn the various ways to support her wellbeing and minimise trips to the vet. 

There are a few suggestions that I will give you based on the Young Living blog and my own experience. 

Please note, Young Living essential oils are processed very differently compared to any other essential oil on the market, so if you’re not using Young Living, make sure you do some research. 

You can definitely use essential oils on and around your pet. Beware though, that what smells like the faintest hint of Lavender to you might smell like 100 acres of lavender botanicals to your little furry friend. Gradually introduce oils by using them on yourself first, acting as a human diffuser to help your puppy get used to the scent. 

When it comes to applying the oils topically, don’t apply it straight, make sure you dilute 1 drop with some carrier oil.  Rub the oil and carrier oil between your palms until your hands are no longer shiny. Rub over your pet’s back and on their belly. I used to apply Thieves topically to little Bella when she got sick with Kennel Cough. It helped with her recovery as well as us keeping her warm inside the house.

I hope this was somewhat helpful and gave you some confidence in using essential oils that can be so beneficial for your fur-baby!

If you’re looking for more info on essential oils and pet, check out the Animals and Oils, What You Need to Know and Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How-To blog posts on the Young Living Blog.