Essential oils contain a variety of biologically active and powerful compounds that help reduce anxiety, inhibit bacteria, fungi, and viruses and can affect mental states and memory. Pets are highly sensitive to essential oils, so it’s important to ask your veterinarian which ones are safe before using them around your pets. If you live in the Greensboro area, the Benessere Integrative Veterinary Medicine can provide information on beneficial essential oils for pets.

Reasons to Use Essential Oils for Pets

Essential oils are a safe alternative to medications and harmful chemicals that can cause a host of reactions. There are varieties that are safe for use around both cats and dogs. These include lavender, cardamom, fennel, helichrysum, frankincense, and spearmint.

Importance of Essential Oils for Pets

Veterinarians and individuals have used oils for medicinal uses for thousands of years. They provide a wealth of benefits for both pets and humans. These oils are either inhaled, ingested or applied topically in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Citronella, fennel, geranium, lavender, and lemon eucalyptus may all be used to repel mosquitoes, while basil, chamomile, lavender, neem, and rosemary work wonders to soothe rashes. To repel ticks, consider cedarwood, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, and lemongrass. Also, for anxiety, your veterinarian may recommend lavender, valerian or a rescue remedy.

Conditions Essential Oils Treat

Some of the most common conditions addressed by essential oils include calming and therapeutic effects. They may also be used to repel insects and can soothe itchy skin. Other conditions that benefit from the use of essential oils include:

  • Anti-viral
  • Treat ear infections
  • Antiseptic
  • Help manage arthritis and joint pain
  • Immune system support

How to Use Essential Oils on Pets

When using essential oils, be sure to choose only 100 percent oils. Because animals have sensitive senses of smell, the oils should also be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil before they are applied to the skin. Start by using a single drop of oil to fifty drops of carrier oil or apply three to six drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil. Cats are particularly sensitive to oils, so it might be wise to limit their use around felines.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you live in Greensboro and have questions or concerns about using essential oils for pets, contact your veterinarian at the Benessere Integrative Veterinary Medicine at (336) 897-1505 for more information. We can provide you with a list of safe and unsafe oils to ensure the health and well-being of your pet.