doTERRA Living Magazine – winter 2019 (pp. 10-11) has an excellent article by Dr Janet Roark, Veterinarian, Hill Country Mobile Veterinary Service. I have had so many questions about pets and oils and this is so wonderfully laid out that it is simplest if I simply copy it for you.
“Real talk. There is some pretty scary (and controversial) stuff about essential oils and pets on the internet these days. In the age of viral posts and everyone getting their five minutes of fame, Dr Google isn’t actually the best source to get your information. In fact, whether your dog gets stressed out during thunderstorms or your cat could benefit from some digestive support, using essential oils as part of a well-rounded health program can actually help your pets thrive and live the best possible life.
Before using any product with or around your pet, it is important to note that not all essential oils are created equal. Many essential oils on the market may boast “100 percent pure” on the label, but they could contain substances that are actually quite toxic to animals and should be avoided. This is especially true with many candles, wax melts, air fresheners, cleaning solutions and fabric refreshers. To ensure the highest quality products be sure your essential oils are third party tested and CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.
Let’s demystify some of the myths and learn the truth about essential oils and pets.
MYTH: Diffusing around pets is toxic.
TRUTH: An essential oil is a highly concentrated, aromatic compound distilled from a plant. Because of this, essential oils are quite potent. Pets have millions more olfactory receptors than do humans, this makes them sensitive to strong smells, but they [essential oils] are certainly not toxic. The truth is, diffusing around pets is an excellent way to benefit them on a regular basis. It is best to use a water-based diffuser (such as the Lumo diffuser http://bit.ly/2RzVCeX )on an intermittent setting. Allow the pet the option to exit the room by leaving the door open and only use three to four drops of oil at a time in the diffuser. Diffusing Lavender, http://bit.ly/2RCAR1V has been shown in shelters to provide calming effects for pets.”
The rest of this article will be continued in posts this week. Please feel free to check back to read more! Lois