Your pets are part of your family and you likely care for them the same as you do for your children. Yet, you wouldn’t load your kids up with harmful chemicals — and we’re betting you want your pets to stay safe, too. That means choosing the proper pet care.
The sad fact is, most cleaning products and pet care products can actually be toxic to your furry friends. In fact, most conventional flea and tick products are registered as pesticides in Canada and the U.S. Skin irritation, neurological problems, gastrointestinal disorders, and even organ failure have been reported as a result of pet poisonings.
There is a natural solution: essential oils for pets.
Essential oils can be diluted and used as sprays. Try adding a few drops to your pet shampoo. You can also put a few drops of diluted oil onto your pet’s bandana to act as a stylish flea collar. Make sure it’s diluted well, however, as it will be close to your pet’s nose. Lavender oil and peppermint oil can both be good choices.
Chemicals in lawn care products can also be toxic to pets. A 2012 study found that dogs that were exposed to professionally applied lawn care products had a 70% increased risk of developing canine malignant lymphoma. Several studies over the past 25 years have also linked the chemicals in these products to bladder cancer in dogs. Scotties are even more susceptible to it — this breed was found to be four to seven times more likely to develop bladder cancer.
Other chemicals that can be toxic to pets include antifreeze; battery acid; bleach; drain cleaner; drugs and medication; glue; some household cleaners and detergents (essential oils make a great substitute for this!); kerosene; motor oil; mulch-containing cocoa bean shells; nail polish/nail polish remover; paint, varnish, lacquers, sealants, and stains; paint thinners and paintbrush cleaners; rat poison; and rock salt/sidewalk salt.
You can get rid of most conventional cleaning products around the home by cleaning with essential oils. Check out our guide here: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/effective-budget-friendly-cleaning-with-essential-oils/.
If you’re using essential oils on or around your pets, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, animals have a heightened sense of smell, so a little essential oil can go a long way. Make sure it’s diluted well and always provide an escape route. If your pet doesn’t like an oil, don’t enforce its use. Cats tend to be more sensitive than other pets, so use oil very sparingly around them. Dr. Richard Palmquist, chief of integrative health services at Centinela Animal Hospital in California, recommends one drop of essential oil diluted in 50 drops of a pure dilutional oil, such as grapeseed oil.
“Hot” oils such as cinnamon, oregano, clove, wintergreen, thyme, and birch should be avoided in cats, as should melaleuca oil. Essential oil should never be put into a cat’s ear canals and caution should be taken around the eyes.
Try to use an oil on your pet for no more than two weeks and then provide a rest period.
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Dogs can really complete a family. They’re cuddly, cute, happy to see you when you get home from work. There’s nothing like a night relaxing in front of the TV, petting good old Sparky. You lift your hand up to smooth back your hair and — EW! What is that? Why does it smell like good old Sparky has been rolling around in something, well, good and old?
You have a smelly dog and need to remove pet odour — and fast. But there’s no reason to send Sparky to the dog shed. You can remove pet odour and stop a smelly dog the natural way — by using essential oils.
First things first when using essential oils for dogs. You want to use an essential oil that is antibacterial. We love eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, pure peppermint oil, or pure tea tree oil. These will eliminate germs and bacteria.
You may also want to choose an oil that is antiviral. Tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus are all great choices. You can use these oils to clean a spot on the rug or floor that may have been contaminated — either by a “gift” your pet left behind or one that absorbed some of the smell.
If it’s more a musk that’s hanging around the house, you can also use essential oils to purify the air. Eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint are all great for this, depending on the scent you’re craving. You can create a natural air freshener, use a diffuser, or make a DIY odour absorbent using baking soda. This can be a good one to keep around a litter box or rabbit/hamster cage.
Pets are more sensitive to essential oils than humans as they are smaller and have lower body weights. Some tips to make sure they stay safe while you clean:
- Don’t let them ingest essential oils. Even if it’s well-diluted, it could still be harmful.
- Don’t use your essential oils undiluted. Even if it can be used topically on human skin, it may be too potent for your pet.
- Don’t diffuse essential oils for too long in closed spaces.
The next time Sparky comes home smelling like the dog he is, you’ll be armed with an arsenal of natural, great-smelling tricks to keep your home fresh.
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Anyone who’s caught a winter cold or cough knows the agony: weeks of hacking and sneezing and generally feeling not right. Fatigue, stuffiness, just… blah.
It can get to the point where when you do find something that offers relief, it can feel, well, orgasmic. Enter eucalyptus essential oil.
Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural germicide. Its woodsy scent was made for clearing clogged sinuses and relieving nasty coughs. And as a bonus, it’s a natural cold remedy — no pharmaceuticals or potentially chemical compounds needed. Eucalyputus oil shouldn’t be taken orally, but there are plenty of other ways to reap the benefits.
- Breathe It In
To relieve a stuffed nose, use several drops of eucalyptus oil in a diffuser, put some in a bowl of hot water, a hot bath, or even in a vaporizer.
- Prevent Airborne Infection
One of the worst parts of catching a cold or cough is how quickly it can spread to friends and family. While you might feel better in a week, it can take much longer for the viral infection to work its way through the rest of your family, and that can mean days the kids have to stay home from school, missed work, and generally a lot of hassle that spreads far beyond your initial sickness. Eucalyptus essential oil can help stop the spread. Try putting three drops of eucalyptus oil and three drops of tea tree oil in a diffuser and letting it permeate your whole house.
- Calm a Cough
You can use eucalyptus oil topically, which can bring serious relief to a stubborn chest cough. A chest rub can feel wonderful. You can also put eucalyptus oil on a cloth and inhale the scent close to your nose.
- Relieve an Aching Body.
You know the drill — what starts as a stuffy nose and chest cough can make your whole body hurt, especially if you can’t sleep. The aches and pains on your joints can make the whole thing that much worse. Luckily, eucalyptus oil is to the rescue! Try putting some in the bath and relaxing. Or add some to a carrier oil for a body massage blend.
The next time a cough or cold hits, you don’t have to resort to harsh pharmaceuticals. Try relieving it the natural way with eucalyptus essential oil.
Thursday Plantation Canada has high-quality 100% pure eucalyptus essential oil.
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