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Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

The Veterinary Medicine section is from the book, Essential Oils Desk Reference.

Essential oils have been used very successfully on many different kinds of animals from kittens to 2,000-pound draft horses. Animals often respond to essential oils in much the same way as humans do. Large stock animals, such as horses and cattle are not as sensitive to the phenol and sesquiterpene constituents, so essential oils can be applied to them as neat, or full strength.

Smaller animals such as small dogs and cats may actually be more sensitive to these chemicals than humans. For this reason, always dilute essential oils in a high quality vegetable carrier oil (2-3 drops essential oil in 1 teaspoon of V6 Mixing Oil) before applying to small dogs or cats. Avoid using high phenol essential oils, such as oregano and thyme in any form on cats, except under the direction of your veterinarian.

General Guidelines:
For small animals (cats and small dogs), apply 3-5 drops diluted oil mixture per application. For larger animals (large dogs), apply 3-5 drops neat per application. For large animals (cattle and horses), apply 15-20 drops neat per application.

Helpful Tips:
When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infection, arthritis, or bone injury, use the same oil and protocol recommended for humans. For open wounds or hard-to reach areas, oils can be put in a spray bottle and sprayed directly on location. After an oil application, cover an open wound with Rose Ointment to seal the wound and protect it from further infection. The ointment will also prevent the essential oils from evaporating into the air.

There is no right or wrong way to apply essential oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you experiment with different methods. Observe carefully how the animal responds to the treatment. Take special care not to get essential oils in the animal's eyes.

When treating animals with essential oils internally, make certain the oils used are pure and free of chemicals, solvents, and adulterants. Always seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before allowing the animals to ingest essential oils.

How to Apply Essential Oils to Animals:
For non-ungulate animals (not having hooves) such as dogs or cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption.

For hoofed animals, sprinkle a few drops on the spine or flanks and massage them in. Also apply on the gums, tongue or underneath the top lip or on the frog and hoff rings of horses. This is an excellent location for oils to be applied to cows, horses, etc., all animals with hooves. Oils can also be applied to auricular points of the ears.

Example of Application:
If you have a high-spirited, jittery horse that is tough to saddle, apply Peace & Calming and Valor on yourself. As you approach him, he will have a tendency to bow his head or flare his nostrils when he perceives the aroma. Kneel down or squat beside him and remain still so that the animal can become accustomed to the smell. As he breathes in the fragrances, he will become calmer and easier to manage.

Look for books and video tapes on the use of essential oils with animals. I recommend the video tape, Essential Tips for Happy, Healthy Pets, and the Raindrop Technique for Horses.


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