Pets are Family too!

Group of pets together isolated on whiteMy pets are important members of my family.  So it is important to me that I use the same natural products to care for them that I do for myself and my busy family. Unfortunately, there are many conventional products out there for pets that contain harsh chemicals. That’s why today, I want to share some basic tips on how to use the amazing new line of Animal Product from Young Living.

Funny note – we use the Animal Scents Ointment on ourselves.   With a family with an active outdoor life and  a 10 year old boy running, jumping, climbing and tripping all around, this ointment has come in handy many times!

I recommend that you create a first aid kit for your pets that includes Young Living Animal Scents Ointment, Animal Scents Shampoo, V-6 Massage Oil and other essential first aid items, including any medication, tweezers, cotton gauze pads, cotton balls, nail clips and bandages you might need.

Once you have the kit assembled, you can pack it along on trips or outings. If your pet visits a groomer, take along the shampoo for them to use. The first aid items are also great to have on hand just in case you find any fleas, ticks or mites on your dog or cat.

Your beloved pet might be bringing home uninvited pests if you let them outside during the day and then bring them in for the evening or take them for walks in areas where they might find these unwanted tiny critters, so be sure to protect them. One thing you can try to help in this area is by using Young Living’s purification essential oil on a dog collar to repel insects. Just one drop per week is all it takes! Be sensitive not to add too much, as it might irritate your pet.

Other great Young Living essential oils I recommend using for your pets include lavender, Peace & Calming and Release. These oils can be used to help relax your animals and will keep them smelling great! These oils are particularly handy to have on hand during the 4th of July celebrations or any other situations that make your pet anxious.

Of course, always consult your pet’s vet before using any essential oils or conventional products if your dog or cat has health concerns.  It is also recommended that pet owners avoid using citrus, oregano and thyme on cats. In addition, always apply essential oils very carefully and use a very small amount to test out sensitivity the in the first use. Use the smallest amount possible. One to four drops is the most any pet needs in one application.

Helpful tips and reminders:

  • Use the smallest effective amount of essential oils to avoid irritation. Pets are (usually) smaller than we are, so they require less essential oil to fulfill the same purpose. Also, Young Living products are of very high quality and 100% pure and un-diluted, so you won’t need to use as much with each application.iStock_000021092431Small
  • You can dilute an essential oil in Young Living V-6 carrier oil (or other fatty oil like olive oil or coconut oil) to make your recipe go further. The carrier oil also makes a great massage oil to calm and soothe your pet.
  • Don’t forget, Young Living makes products specifically for pets, such as an ointment and shampoo. When you first start out, it might be best to start with prepared products, then move on to making your own based on the specific needs of your animal.
  • Find out why I only recommend Young Living Oils HERE.

Comments

  1. says

    Great point – never thought about making a 1st aid kit for out pets but makes so much sense. They provide so much love in our family the least we can do is make sure we can give them the best care to thank them.

  2. says

    I never thought to make a first aid kit for my pet. I have a kitten, but she is an indoor cat so I am not sure if she would still need one. I guess it is always good to be prepared 🙂

    • Leslie Morris says

      Both of my cats, Cricket and Ramses are indoor cats and I have had to bring out my kit for them for things like a bleeding nail after getting it stuck in something they should not. They also play a bit hard sometimes and a little lavender or ointment on their play scrapes has helped tremendously!

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