Both veterinarians and pet parents agree that you should regularly groom your pets so that you can spend quality time with them. Grooming your pet not only helps your pet feel calmer and loved, but it also helps them to be clean. It also helps their coats to be healthier and shinier, and it removes all the ticks and fleas that could be feeding on them. In many households, grooming is almost a ritual. Among the many tools of grooming, essential oils find a prime place in a pets grooming kit.
However, not all essential oils that are good for humans are good for animals. The ones that we use in our houses for aroma, the ones that we use on our bodies for health and skincare may not be good for our pets. Essential oils are extracted from plants with diverse properties in it. They are not always safe to use on pets because of its high sensitive fragrance, which sometimes irritates pets. They may or may not be suitable for all skin types. It is highly recommended to check with your vet before you administer any kind of essential oil on your pets. You have to keep in mind the following points before using essential oil in any form for your pet:
- Check with your vet before you try any kind of essential oil on your pets.
- Start with small amounts of oil
- Read the instructions carefully. Apply a small amount of the essential oil on your skin and wait for a few minutes. If there is no redness or any irritation seen, then proceed to use it on with your pets.
- It is always safe to get the essential oils lab-tested, just to ensure an extra step of safety for the sake of your pets.
- Always opt for a mild variant of essential oil on your pets. Wait until they get accustomed to it.
- If you are using an essential oil diffuser, make sure the room where it is released has access to fresh air and for the pet to leave in case, it finds it inconvenient to stay inside the room.
- It is recommended to use essential oils made from 100% organic plants or trees, which are grown without chemicals in the cultivation process.
- Never use an essential oil that releases highly sensitive fragrances on pets. In most cases, they tend to cause inflammation on the skin or irritation for pets.
- High dosage use of any essential oil may affect the respiratory organs of animals. It may also affect their metabolism largely.
- Do not use essential oils when your pet is down with an illness.
- It is best to seek advice from the aromatherapist before using an essential oil on pets.