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Essential Oils: For your Cat

General guidelines

  • Cats will vary in how they tolerate and accept essential oil use.
  • Cats will vary in how they respond to essential oils in general as well as to specific individual oils.
  • Make sure you are aware of your cat’s reaction to the use of the oils. Some may enjoy the smell, others may drool, others may hide when oils are in use.
  • Start low and slow and dilute a lot. When using essential oils with cats it is recommended using at least a 75% dilution, even up to 90% dilution can be used with cats.  Their sense of smell and taste is way more sensitive than ours.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: LaPerm

A look at the LaPerm!

History

In the early 1980s, a barn cat had had a litter of kittens, where one of them was born bald, with tabby markings and wide spaced ears. When the kitten’s coat started coming in, it came in curly. The owners named this cat “Curly”. Curly went on to have more litters and all of her kittens were born with the same curly coat. Genetic testing determined that this dominant mutation caused the curly coats. Genetic testing also determined that the LaPerm cat was distinct from other rex-breed cats with curly hair. Breed status was given in 2002.

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Essential Oils: For your Pocket Pet

General guidelines

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  • Most pocket pets tolerate most essentials oils quite well.
  • Chinchillas, gerbils, rabbits, hedgehogs etc are all very different physically and therefore will vary individually in how they respond to essential oils in general as well as to specific individual oils.
  • Make sure you are aware of your pet’s reaction to the use of the oils.
  • Hair coat must be considered when using essential oils with pocket pets. The denser the hair the quicker the applied oils will be absorbed. Therefore, those with thick dense hair, such as a chinchilla will require less oils or oils in a higher dilution compared to a gerbil.
  • Size also needs to be considered with pocket pets. A mouse will need a very small amount of essential oil compared to a large rabbit.
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Essential Oils: For your Dog

General guidelines

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  • Dogs tend to tolerate most essentials oils quite well.
  • Dogs will vary in how they respond to essential oils in general as well as to specific individual oils.
  • Make sure you are aware of your dog’s reaction to the use of the oils.
  • Start low and slow and dilute a lot. Their sense of smell is way more sensitive than ours.
  • “Strong scented” oils, such as citrus or minty types may be less tolerated by dogs as compared to “soft scented” oils such as lavender, cedarwood and vetiver.
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Essential Oils: Single Oils

There are hundreds of single essential oils available and many distribution companies also make various blends with these single oils. This makes the possibility of essential oil combinations that could be used with your pet endless. Here is a look at 10 common essential oils and their benefits/cautions when being used with your pets.

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Essential Oils: Application Techniques

There are many ways to use essential oils around your pets. Here is a quick overview of some common application techniques. These application techniques are regarded as external methods, but the all have the potential to become internal methods due to normal grooming behaviors of animals. Caution must be taken with animals and internal consumption of essential oils.

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Probiotics for your Pet

Keeping your pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system running optimally is one way to help keep them healthy. One way to potentially improve your pet’s digestive health is to offer them a daily probiotic supplement. We have several options available for probiotic supplements – Probiotic 8 Plus and Probenz from Omega Alpha, Fortiflora Canine and Feline from Purina and Florentero from Aventix.

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