What are essentials oils?
Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds that are harvested from the leaves, bark, fruit, flowers, stems, roots or other parts of the plant. Steam distillation or cold-pressed methods are used to extract these volatile aromatic compounds from the plants. These potent and powerful compounds can be used in a variety of medical ways. Essential oils can be used safely by inhalation, topical applications and orally under the supervision of a veterinarian. Dr. Galina incorporates aromatherapy with acupuncture to enhance the positive effects of treatment
Essential oils can be used to aid with treating a lot of different conditions such as allergies, arthritis, anxiety and many more! They can also be integrated into a complete wellness program that focuses on preventing disease and maintaining a long and healthy life.
Buying Essential Oils
If you are new to aromatherapy, you may not know where and how to find 100% pure essential oils for dogs. There are indeed a lot of places where we can buy essential oils, and you may even notice quite a big difference in price for the same oil at different stores.
The following guidelines will show you how and where to get high-quality essential oils for your dog:
- Look for essential oils that are bottled in amber, cobalt or violet glass bottles.
- Look for important information of the oils (either printed on the label, and/or on the store’s website, brochure, etc.):
* Latin name of the oil (e.g. Lavandula angustifolia)
* Common name of the oil (e.g. Lavender)
* How the oil was extracted
* Country of origin
* Method of cultivation (e.g. organic, cultivated, wild harvested, etc.)
* The words “100% pure essential oil”
- Essential oils are generally expensive, so don’t go for unreasonably cheap oils since cheap oils are likely to be adulterated.
- Avoid buying essential oils at supermarkets or health food stores (they may be cheaper but usually of a lower quality).
Using Essential Oils- General Guidelines
Note: There are some special precautions for cats when using “hot oils” containing phenols. Please seek guidance from a veterinarian prior to using these oils topically or internally.
For Dogs and Cats:
- Dilute for topical use.
- Know your pet’s health status.
- Do NOT use oils on or near eyes, ears, nose, or genitals of your pet.
- Use a water diffuser for aromatic use and allow your pet to roam freely with an open door to the room.
- Caution should be used around animals that are pregnant, nursing, young, or on certain medications.
- Do not use oils topically on your pet if using a topical medication or dermal patch – this includes topical flea/ tick preventatives.
- Do not give any of the products containing xylitol (toothpaste, beadlets, etc.) to your pet.
- Only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
- Observe your pet’s behavior.
- In the event of an adverse reaction, dilute with a carrier oil – skin irritation is the most common, and most reactions resolve within 24–48 hours after oil exposure. Discontinue use of an oil and contract a veterinarian if your pet shows signs of distress, drooling, squinting, rubbing their face, vocalization, shaking, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Dilute, dilute, dilute
- This is VERY important for dogs and small animals!!!
- Start out with your oils MORE diluted when introducing essential oils topically to your pet.
- You can use carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, etc. to dilute your essential oil.
- You can always increase the concentration if the desired effect is not reached, but it is difficult to remove an Essential Oil once it has already been absorbed.
- Remember, each animal is an individual and your pet may be more or less sensitive than others. Observe their behavior – they will tell you!
- Did I mention… Dilute!!!
Essential Oil Products
Are you looking for natural options for your pet’s ailments? Come find what you seek in Mira’s Place Boutique!
We make our own specially formulated essential oil products such as Happy Paws Winter paw Wax, sNo! Flakes Spray for dry skin, Bugger Off bug spray, Come H’Ear Spray for infected itchy ears, Don’t CrEye eye spray and a soothing skin salve made with coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils for itchy, irritated skin.
We can also customize products for your pet’s specific needs including shampoos, sprays and diffuser blends. Book an appointment today for your pet’s individualized consultation.
Don’t Bug Me! Using essential oils for insects & other pests.
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For more information on essential oils that could benefit your pet specifically contact us for an appointment to have your pet assessed for a treatment plan and individualized recommendations.
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