Homemade Remedies For Pets Using Essential Oils

Originally Published on OneGoodThingByJillee.com on May 5, 2013

Homemade Remedies For Pets Using Essential Oils

Last week I appeared on a local talk show and shared ideas for beauty products that come from your kitchen cupboard! I also shared a new source for AFFORDABLE essential oils (SparkNaturals.com) that I am SO excited about I can hardly stand it! Now I can indulge in my love of essential oils as much as I want because I’m not afraid of running out! I’m also learning so much more about all the different ways essential oils can be used….far beyond anything I had imagined!

For example, after the show was over I was chatting with the floor director of the show about essential oils and she said that she even uses them on her dog! Really? This was honestly the first time I’d heard of using them on or four-legged friends. She said that last year on the Fourth of July she decided to rub some lavender on her dog’s ears and head before the fireworks started because the “sounds of freedom” usually made her dog go crazy! Apparently the difference was pretty remarkable. Instead of running around like his tail was on fire…she said he was MUCH calmer and endured the whole ordeal without a pet freak-out. Amazing.

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The next day I did a blog post about Spark Naturals essential oils and how excited I was to find high quality oils, for a price that made them accessible to more people! MANY of you commented both here on the website and on the One Good Thing By Jillee Facebook page that you were excited to finally be able to afford to give essential oils a try and some of you actually asked about using them on pets. Makes sense….they ARE part of the family after all! 🙂

Well, I didn’t really have a whole lot of answers at the time…but since then I have been doing a fair amount of research on this topic and have come up with a handful of pet remedies using essential oils that I think those of you with pets will be interested in. Including some I found on my sister’s website – Camp Wander! (Apparently great minds think alike! lol)

Essential Oil Remedies for Your Pets

Homemade Flea Repellant Spray

Mix 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil with 1-2 ounces of mild, organic soap and water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray your pet periodically throughout the day.

Essential oil formulations will need to be applied more frequently than synthetic pesticides, but the benefits far outweigh the exposure to harsh chemicals and toxic side effects. They are great for misting your dog’s legs (and your own) any time that you go out where fleas would be likely to be found.

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Shampoo

12 ounces water

1 tablespoons of castile soap

2 drops of peppermint essential oil

2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops of lavender essential oil

2 drops of rosemary essential oil

(If you don’t have all the oils listed, don’t worry, just use what you have.) Combine in a jar. Shake well. Lather and rinse well.

For a “soothing” version, add replace 2 ounces of the water with 2 ounces aloe vera.

Collar

Option 1: Make your own flea collar by taking an average collar and adding some drops of essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of almond oil (use dilute solutions when applying to cats as they can be very sensitive to essential oils). Some great flea-repelling essential oil options include cinnamon, rosemary, wormwood, clove, peppermint, and cedar wood.

Allow the collar to dry and then place it on your pet. It’s time to re-dose your pet’s collar when you no longer note the scent, generally every two weeks or so.

Option 2: Buy a cotton scarf or bandana, or use a piece of scrap cotton fabric that will fit around your dog’s neck comfortably.

Lay the fabric flat, and place 10 drops of cedar essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil on the fabric. Distribute the essential oil drops evenly over the fabric surface. Other essential oils that repel fleas (and ticks and mosquitoes) include eucalyptus, citronella, rose, geranium, peppermint, lemongrass.

Fold or roll the fabric, and tie it round your dog’s neck snugly.

Ear Infection Inflammation

Apply Peppermint Essential Oil along the ear line, on the outside of the ear (never internally, because it would burn the tender ear canal), applied over the fur down the tube of the ear from the outside.

Soothing Dogs Paw Pads

Dogs who walk on concrete will get rough and dry paw pads. Sometimes the paw pads will crack and can bleed or get infected. To help prevent this, Melaleuca can be applied directly to paw pads to soothe the dryness and fight infection. Don’t over oil the paw pads, because some roughness is required for the dog to have traction.

Soothe Your Dog’s Skin

Just like people, dogs often get dry and itchy skin. Soothe minor skin irritations by mixing 2 Tbsp. of almond or coconut oil and 10 drops of Lavender essential oil. Massage the oil mixture into skin irritations to help reduce itch, kill bacteria and even calm nerves.

Doggie Smells Deodorizer

Ensure that you never hear that your home smells like dog again, by using bergamot oil, a natural deodorizer, two or three times a week on your sweet, yet not so sweet smelling pets. Once again, mix 10-15 drops of bergamot with 8 ounces water and apply a light spritz when needed.

Calming Mist For Dogs

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

8 oz. of purified water or distilled

Measure essential oil into an empty and clean 8-oz spray mist bottle. Add the water until it is filled. Put on cap and shake well before each use. Spray around the dog and even on its coat since Lavender is a good essential oil to repel mosquitos and fleas. This is great for use in a car with a nervous dog or at any time your dog is over-energized.

Dog Burns

Cool the burn with a cold water compress and then apply Lavender Essential Oil as soon as possible.

Dog Abscess

Clean the wound area and apply Melaleuca directly on the abscess. Continue to apply several times a day. When the pus is gone, you can use Lavender Oil to speed healing.

Doggie Tummy Troubles

Whether it is constipation, dog motion sickness or they just ate something they shouldn’t have….just place one or two drops of Peppermint, Ginger, Tarragon, or Lemongrass Essential Oils on their paw. May also be rubbed on their stomach.

Note about Cats:

Cats are more sensitive to essential oils since they metabolize the oils differently. They are sensitive to strong odors and they generally have an adverse reaction to citrus oils. It is a good idea to consult with a veterinarian before applying oils to a cat.

I hope some of these ideas have opened your eyes to the world of possibilities that are out there for essential oils. I know they’ve opened mine!

Have you used essential oils on the family pet?

Share your experience with us!

If you would like to order essential oils from Spark Naturals, here is a link to their website. If you’d like to save an additional 10% off when you order…use the coupon code JILLEE. 🙂

7 Reasons Dogs Make the Best Life Companions

Another thing that I realized when I talk to my puppy, I am actually talking to myself.  When I tell her it’s OK and that she doesn’t have anything to be afraid of, I remember those words to myself.  When I tell her I love her, I am telling that to myself too.  She reminds me to speak kind and loving words to myself.  And she reminds me of how awesome I am.  Because sometimes, I forget.

Originally Published on Huffingtonpost.com on December 29, 2015 on By Beth Leipholtz

7 Reasons Dogs Make the Best Life Companions

I used to be a cat person (gosh, that’s a tough sentence to type). In my defense, I was young and didn’t know any better. All I knew was that I saw kittens, they were cute, and I wanted them. I’m not saying I hate cats by any means — I don’t. But as I grew older, I started to realize how much better dogs are as lifelong companions and friends.

Sure, they’re more work than cats. Sure, they make bigger messes (and bigger poops). Sure, they eat more.

But they also have bigger hearts. They just want to love and be loved. And really, what is easier than that in this life? What other species wants love and only love, nothing in return? Not many.

As I write this, my 50-pound Golden Retriever mix is on my lap, her head resting on one arm, making typing difficult. But I can’t bring myself to move her. Of the other two dogs, one is on the couch watching the other eat a rawhide. It’s a rare moment of peace is this three-dog household, a moment I am sure will end any second. But it’s also a moment I can take to reflect and let my heart fill up with love for these animals who choose to love me each and every single day.

Here are seven reasons dogs make the best companions in life.

1. Dogs live to love and please us. My mom told me a story the other day about how the vet had to poke my labradoodle with a needle about six times before getting it in the right spot. And the whole time, my dog just sat there with his head in my mom’s lap, staring up at her, waiting for it to be over. My mom asked the vet why dogs are like this, why they will endure pain without fighting it. And he said something that broke her heart. He said they just want to please people, even if that means sitting through pain. And really, it’s true. All dogs want is for their human to be happy and throw the ball. And when their human is not happy, they won’t throw the ball. Therefore, dogs make it their mission to make their humans happy.

2. They seem to have sixth sense when it comes to compassion and understanding. Dogs can listen without judging. OK, so I don’t sit and talk to my dogs. Not about serious matters at least. But when I’m upset, they know. They curl up next to me and rest their head on my chest, staring at me with their big, innocent eyes, radiating love. Something about that is so powerful to me. While they can’t speak, they know their humans so well and can pick it up when something isn’t right. And more than that, they try to fix whatever is wrong, the best they know how.

3. They can cuddle better than anyone. I’d rather cuddle with my dog than my boyfriend most of the time. Every night before bed she climbs up and lies on my chest. She would sleep like that if I would let her. Instead, she sleeps right on my feet, which cannot be comfortable. But it comes back to love. She loves her humans, and wants to be as close to them as possible even when it means it’s less comfortable for her. My 70-pound lab mix will do the same. He climbs above my head and curls around my shoulders when I am sitting on a chair. He has no idea that this isn’t normal. Again, he just wants to be close. Dogs are the best cuddlers, period.

4. Their reaction when you come home from work is priceless. My favorite part of the day is getting home and letting my dogs out of their kennels. Based on their reaction alone, you would think I have been gone for weeks. They react the same way whether I am gone 30 minutes or six hours, whining and wiggling their little butts. Nothing feels better than knowing someone loves you that much. Dogs spend so much of their lives waiting for us to come home to them, and having faith that we will. That’s pretty incredible.

5. In addition to loving their humans, they love each other. My boyfriend and I got one dog back in May. Then we added another in July. And finally, we adopted a third in November. While there was some hesitation and possessiveness at first, they have all adjusted and get along. They love one another the same way they love us. They will fall asleep head-to-head, or simply lie on the couch together. Even through the occasional squabble, they return to loving each other. It’s just how dogs are wired, with humans and each other.

6. They are loyal through and through. I truly believe this. I have read so many stories about dogs that protect their humans until the end. And even at the end, they refuse to leave their human’s side. In addition to their loyalty, they are protective. One time I was at home for the weekend and had my dogs. My dad was trying to be helpful and let the lab mix of the kennel. However, the dog didn’t recognize my dad and immediately jumped on the bed shielding me and barking. I had owned him a few weeks at this point. Not even one month, and already he was protecting me from what he thought was danger. That’s pretty amazing.

7. Dogs don’t discriminate. I’ve read stories about dogs who take a liking to the homeless, dogs who know when their owner is using drugs, dogs who are mistreated but continue to love and trust humans. It’s almost sad to think about the fact that a dog can be treated badly but will come back for more because he is so eager to please. Yet at the same time, dogs can save lives through their companionship. When most humans would not strike up a friendship with a homeless man, a dog doesn’t care. Like I said in the beginning, dogs just want to love and be loved. It doesn’t matter how or from whom, and that’s pretty awe-inspiring.

I’ll cap this off with my absolute favorite dog-related quote of all time, which comes from Marley and Me:

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”
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