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Non-Toxic Pet Care Using Essential Oils

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.

Thursday Plantation Canada has high-quality, 100% pure essential oils for your pet care.

Find out more today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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