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Veterinarian Dr. Mary Hess of Madison, Wisconsin, recommends that every pet owner carry an Essential Oil Emergency Kit for pets. Based on her experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Hess suggests these ten Young Living essential oil blends to keep pets feeling their best.

  • Purification®: This blend is useful for external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Thieves®: Perfect for attending to minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations, Thieves is also utilized for addressing dental concerns. This blend is safe for kittens and puppies.
  • Melrose™: When used in conjunction with R.C. and Raven, Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and lacerations if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
  • R.C.™: Ideal for respiratory and urinary tract support, R.C is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy. (It can be paired with Raven for added support.)
  • Raven™: Also utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support, Raven is more powerful than R.C. and features essentials oils not found in the latter. Combined, the two oils are highly effective.
  • Di-Gize™: The gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg and ginger can be added for additional support.
  • M-Grain™: Provides relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
  • PanAway®: With osteoarthritis common in older pets, PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This oil blend can be used alone or in addition to other essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the oils.
  • Relieve It™: Especially beneficial for relieving discomfort, Relieve It can be alternated with PanAway for a wider spectrum of relief.
  • Peace & Calming®: If stress, fear, anxiety, or other similar conditions are present, Peace & Calming can be used to calm a pet. If the pet is injured, Peace & Calming can relax the animal enough to administer other treatments. This blend can also been used on cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or excessive grooming resulting from stress.

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Animals, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
© November 1997 Gary Young

“I have raised animals all my life and presently have several miniature horses as well as four teams of draft horses. I also have pygmy goats, Barbadoes sheep and llamas at my ranch where I reside. On my 1300 acre herb farm at Whispering Springs in Mona, Utah, I have an animal petting zoo with Bactrian camels, zeeboos from Africa (miniature Bramas), Watusi cows and bulls, Walleroos (miniature kangaroos), llamas, buffalo, miniature donkeys, as well as horses and goats. As you can see, we have a wide variety of animals.

We have used the oils extensively on many of the animals and are continually making discoveries. The animals respond extremely well and we feel they have benefited greatly.

In my experience, I have found that animals respond to essential oils much the same as humans. Animals are not as sensitive to the phenol and sesquiterpene constituents so they can be applied “neat” or full strength. One needs only to determine which oils are applicable to the situation and then apply a few drops 3-4 times daily.

The amount for small animals like cats and dogs is like the application for a child: 3-4 drops each time applied. For larger animals like large dogs apply 6-7 drops. For horses, apply 15-20 drops.

After applying the oils, I have found it beneficial to cover the open wound with Gentle Care Rose Ointment, which keeps the skin soft and helps promote the healing.

I have applied the oils in the following ways:

  1. Apply on their paws where the absorption is very fast.
  2. On cloven hoof animals apply on the auricular points of the ears and/or spine or both.
  3. Underneath the top lip on the gums and on the tongue.
  4. Sprinkle a few drops on the spine and then massage into skin, just like with humans.

For various problems I have experimented with the following oils:

  1. Strangle in horses, I used a combination of the oil blends Exodus 11 and Melrose together. (4 parts Exodus II to 1 part Melrose)
  2. Ear mites in cats and dogs – Purification and peppermint.
  3. Ticks, fleas and flies – Tansy and tansy floral water.
  4. Tumors (all animals) – Frankincense and lavender mixed together, frankincense and clove mixed together.
  5. Worms/ parasites (all animals) – Paraway, and Di-Tone.
  6. Open wound (all animals) – Melrose, helichrysijm and Gentle Care Rose Ointinent.
  7. Trauma (all animals) – Trauma Life, Valor, Peace & Calming, Melissa, rosewood, lavender, valerian, and chamomile.
  8. Bones (all animals) – PaneAway, birch, lemongrass, and spruce.
  9. Nervous anxiety with horses – Valor, TraumaLife, geraniijm, lavender, and valerian.
  10. Saddle sores – Melrose and Gentle Care Rose Ointment.
  11. Mineral deficiencies – Mineral Essence (liquid tincture taken internally) may help meet the animal’s needs and when met, they quit chewing on the furniture and other undesirable things.
  12. Tissue repair and healing directly on wound – Melrose.
  13. May help with pain and stop bleeding – Helichrysum.
  14. Healing of wounds and abrasions – Gentle Care Rose Ointment.”