When you are paying attention, pets will communicate complex emotions and feelings. They love deeply and can feel overwhelmed, fearful, confronted, angry, aggressive, trauma, grief, tired, alert and stressed… just like you. And just like you, their emotions can affect their health and well being in a real way.
Fortunutely, you don’t have to be an expert in animals to know and love your pet and you don’t have to be an expert in essential oils to use them successfully to keep your pet healthy and calm. I am going to give you 4 ways to emotionally support your pet with essential oils. Animals are also incredibly tuned in to our emotions and can pick up when we are out of balance or stressed. This can have a huge impact on them, so it wouldn’t hurt for you, as their human to use some emotionally supportive oils when you are going to be spending time with them, ESPECIALLY if you are going to be doing training or behavior modification with them.
1. Get yourself in a good emotional place. Don’t take out your stress or frustration with your job on your pet. They love you unconditionally. So… for humans, some very helpful oils to help you relax when working with your pet:
These can help you let go of your own stresses, so you don’t burden a sensitive pet with them and can help you be patient with a high strung pet. When using emotional oils on yourself, drop 2-3 drops in your hand, and use your opposite hand to rub the oils in a clockwise motion to activate them. Then you can apply the oils either to a specific emotional release point you can learn more about this in the book Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils. Otherwise, you can apply to your heart, head, neck or wrists. Breathe deeply and carry on.
For your pets, there are a few simple oils can help with a variety of emotional issues. My favorites to have on hand for my pets:
2. Oils for trauma and fear
Peace and Calming (II)
These are great to diffuse when there is a thunderstorm, fireworks or other loud, frightening sounds. These oils create an atmosphere of calm and comfort that a pet can feel immediately.
3. To calm when overwhelmed or overstimulated:
Peace and Calming (II)
These oils are wonderful to use and diffuse when guests are coming over, or when they will be coming in contact with other people and pets they don’t know. For instance, my friend who watched my cat when I travel uses these to promote peace between her cat and mine, so everyone can get along.
4. To cheer and lift the spirits:
Animals can experience sadness and loss, just like humans. These oils lift the spirits of humans and animals alike. Great to use and diffuse when your animals need cheering.
Essential oils usually need to be diluted or they can be diffused. With some pets who are very sensitive to smell you can even rub the oils on your hands and then gently pet and run your hands over them. Your pet will let you know if something is too much or too strong.
90% means 1 drop of EO to 9 drops of carrier oil
80% means 2 drop of EO to 8 drops of carrier oil
70% means 3 drops of EO to 7 drops of carrier oil
Etc… I like to dilute 70% for dogs and 90% or more for cats. Horses don’t require dilution except for comfort (some oils are warm on the skin).
For cats, make sure if you are diffusing in a small room, they have access to leave the room if they need to. Their systems are more sensitive than dogs and humans.
Make sure you are using therapeutic grade essential oils, since quality makes a huge difference and your pet’s tiny body will be even more sensitive than yours to any adulterations. I get my essential oils here.
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