Topical Topical use of essential oils is effective and popular. Applying essential oils where you need them for localized effect is a time- tested treatment used for thousands of years to promote health and vitality and is safe for most animals. Example: • Finger Tip – Used to treat a specific localized area on your pet. Apply essential oil to the palm of you hand, use your fingertip to gather the essential oil, and then apply to specific area using a rubbing action. (For all animals.) • Dripping - Used to get essential oil directly into a wound. Apply the essential oil directly to the wound in a dripping fashion. (For all animals.) • Petting – Used for general well-being, protections, and immune support. Apply the essential oils to your hands, rub them together then proceed to petting your pet. (For animals with fine and dense hair, e.g. cats, ferrets, rabbits, gerbils, etc.) • Water Misting - Used with a water bottle to mist the animal . Add essential oil to a water bottle, shake well and spritz your pet. No prior dilution is required for this method simply add 1 drop of essential oil to 4oz of water for small animals and birds or 20-30 drops to 4oz of water for larger animals. (For all animals. Preferred method for exotic and domestic birds.) • Bathing – Use with shampoo, ointment, and other products. Add 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of bathing product and use as originally directed. (For all animals.) • Paws and Feet – Use with caution for treating localized issue. Apply essential oil directly to localized area. (For horses, livestock and primates. Do not use on dogs, cats, small and large rodents, or exotic animals.) • Ears – For localized issues only, use misting or additional diluting with caution. Not recommended unless treating issues localized to the ears. When it comes to topical treatments, less is more. Be mindful of your pet and do not over-expose their systems. Carefully monitor how your pet responds. You may need to use more or less essential oil depending on what you perceive. Internal This application of essential oils is safe and effective when used properly as a dietary supplement or a food additive. Because essential oils are so potent only very small amounts for short durations of time are recommended when using as a supplement. There are several ways to use essential oils with your pets. Follow the dilution recommendation on the following pages. Example: • Capsule – Add diluted oil to capsule and give to pet. (Tip: hide the capsule in a piece of food or a treat.) • Lip and Inside Cheek (Preferred method for dogs and horses) – Apply diluted essential oil directly to the lower lip or inside cheek. • Direct Oral Drop (Not recommended for urgent situations) – Drop diluted essential oil directly into the mouth. • Gums – (Great for dogs, goats, sheep, and other small livestock) – Apply diluted essential oil to your finger and rub on the animal’s gums. • Grooming (Preferred for cats) – Pet diluted essential oil onto fur. As the cat grooms essential oil will be ingested. • Adding to Food – Add diluted essential oil to agave, honey or treats. • Toothpick Trick (For reptiles and small mammals/rodents) – Insert toothpick into desired oil and then into food. • Adding to Drinking Water (Preferred for Birds, Reptiles, and Rodents) – Add essential oil to drinking water. See dilution recommendations. Internal use tip: Use 1 drop of diluted essential oil mixture for every 20 lbs. of animal.
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