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My Opinion Of Essential Oils On Animals

Author: Mary H.
Skill: Veterinarian
Date: 03-22-2010
Views: 9,554
Word Count: 541
Questions Received: 10
Testimonial ID: 4186-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 5

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I was asked this question - Where do you see the future of essential oils in animals??

I hope that the veterinary community will open their minds to essential oils. I have had a lot of resistance to their use. This is based out of fear to how they work and how powerful they are.

Recently Cat Fancy magazine wanted to do an article to include essential oils in their list of options. They unfortunately pulled that part due to the fact other there are professionals who are not working with the oils, do not understand them and do not use them.

After many e-mails back and forth the author decided against even mentioning the benefits of such therapy. It can be frustrating being certified with essential oils and having others dismiss their use. I feel if you want the most up to date information and safest information someone certified would be a better source.

The future of essential oils I think is very hopeful if people would only believe and trust in their power. I have had multiple cases where conventional therapy has not resolved the issue only to move on to the oils and have them resolve it.

I have a case now where a cat who had a chronic fungal infection failed to respond to conventional therapy for 9 months and with the use of essential oils has a foot that been resolved. I feel that the use of essential oils allows the body to aid itself. You are giving the body a conventional medication break so to speak.

You provide elements through the oils that stimulate the body and with synergy of the oils resolve an issue. A lot of the essential oil combination of oils/therapies are new and have never been tried in animals. They are extrapolated from humans. If the owner finds a veterinarian who is knowledgeable in the essential oils I feel this is a viable option.

Essential oils can be dangerous if they are not a therapeutic grade, have not been distilled properly, have dangerous fillers, or are not diluted properly with a pure carrier oil. This is where a professional with intimate knowledge of the oils is imperative.

I think using the oils without this knowledge is asking for problems. I hope with increasing success with the oils and publishing findings and journals who are willing to publish this data the use of oils will increase. However all the success in the world will not mean anything if the knowledge of such success is suppressed by those who do not understand them and are unwilling to open their hearts and minds to the possibilities.

Some tips using essential oils with pets:

Animal size affects the amount of oil to use

* For smaller animals like dogs and cats use 3-5 drops, for every 1 drop use 4-5 drops of a diluting agent. Paws are a great place to apply oils.
* For larger animals like large dogs 3-5 drops undiluted.
* For very large animals like horses or cattle start with 10 drops.
* Wear oils around your animals or diffuse in their space, also apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.

Tip: Some oils can be mixed with food.

I hope this helps answer the question.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
4.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
5.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link

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