***So glad you’re here for my 31 Days series! Click here to read others’ 31 Days posts, too!***
If you’ve spent any time at all reading my blog outside of this series, you’ve met our little Willow-dog.
We adopted Willow three and a half years ago. We love her and couldn’t image our lives without her! Unfortunately, she had a hard life before she came to live with us. For the first year of her life, she was a stray and was found pregnant and about to die. Thankfully, the ones who found her knew just what to do and she was spared, and had an emergency c-section. She spent the next year of her life in a rescue with about 40 other dogs just waiting to be adopted by us! Obviously that part of her life left her with some trauma that she still carries to a degree.
• She is fearful of someone taking her food so we have to leave her alone when she eats
• She HATES the doorbell (and also Wheel of Fortune because of all the dinging…)
• She doesn’t like for anyone to touch her toys unless she’s ready to play
• She doesn’t like nighttime thunderstorms
See what I mean? And do you see where I’m going with this? 🙂
Once I started using oils, I started researching how oils could be useful for Willow. Sure enough! There are lots of people who use oils for their pets!
When Willow is in a stressful situation, I reach for the Stress Away. It has a roller ball on the bottle so I rub a little on the tips of her ears and on the pads of her two front feet. She hates the smell (well, she hates the smell of anything good, including doggie perfume from the groomer…she’d much rather smell like something that’s rotting outside…) so for a few minutes, she’ll frantically rub herself on the couch or floor trying to get it off. 🙂 Sorry, puppy, not gonna happen. A few minutes after that, she’s usually passed out on the couch asleep.
I follow this same regimen if there’s a thunderstorm at night. It calms her down quickly and puts less stress on her! I hate the idea of her being upset or stressed so I’ll do anything I can to take it away! Stress Away does that for us!
There are lots of other ways essential oils work for pets. They are great for treating minor wounds and cuts, and even upset tummies! Recently, Willow had a gurgle-y tummy. She didn’t have any other symptoms but I could tell she was a little uncomfortable. I tried to give her pumpkin but she wouldn’t even eat it! I rubbed a tiny bit of Di-Gize on her tummy and the gurgling stopped! She seemed much better! *WARNING* Some oils are not good for cats. Their livers process the oils much differently than ours. Never close up your cat in a small room where a diffuser is running. Make sure they have a safe place to go away from the diffuser. They will leave the room if they don’t like it! Also, make sure that you are careful about what oils touch your cat, even if they are just residual oils from your own hands. Do some research if you have a cat! With that said, there are many oils that are beneficial to cats! Some cats will even go sit near a diffuser if they like what they smell! Trust your kitty!
DISCLAIMER: The things I share with you are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or be a substitute for any medicine. It is true that I have found less need for OTC medicines, but you have to make choices that are right for your family. Another choice I’ve made is to exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils. I believe they are 100% pure without any synthetic additives. That’s huge to me! I have read a lot of material on different essential oil companies and Young Living is what I have chosen. If you choose to use essential oils, I encourage you to do some research and choose the brand that you believe in.
To buy a starter kit and join the JoyDropper team, click here!