Pets are beloved family members who receive just as much love, care, and attention as children. This means that pet owners are committed to doing what is best for their pet’s health, wellness, and happiness. Essential oils offer a safe and natural way to address health conditions, enhance mood, and generally improve a pet’s quality of life.
Dr. Richard Palmquist, chief of integrative health services at Centinela Animal Hospital and a past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, explains that, “Oils have been shown to have many possible desirable effects such as reducing anxiety and inflammation, fighting oxidative processes, battling toxins and fighting infections by inhibiting bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Oil odours can be used to affect mental states and memory.”
Not all essential oils can be used equally or liberally with dogs and cats. Some are safer than others, and certain oils must be heavily diluted to prevent side effects.
Safe essential oils include lavender, cardamom, frankincense, spearmint, cedarwood, chamomile, and clary sage. These options can do everything from alleviating allergies and irritated skin to repel pests, support relaxation, and boost the immune system.
Cats actually lack the enzyme in their liver that makes it possible to metabolise things like chocolate, caffeine, and pesticides. Without this enzyme, cats are more sensitive to essential oils than dogs.
Harsh and potent oils like cinnamon, oregano, grapefruit, and tea tree should not be used on cats. Dogs aren’t as sensitive to oils, but many “hot” oils can still harm them. These hot oils include anise, clove, garlic, juniper, thyme, and wintergreen yarrow.
Wanting to introduce essential oil’s into your pet products? Contact the team at Aromatic Ingredients to speak with the sales team today.