Pet health has gone from almost non-existent several decades ago, to now a thriving business. Pet owners want the best for their furry family members and are seeking alternative methods to either maintain for return their health to homeostasis. I heard a lot of about aromatherapy but had no idea it’s been used on animals. I was intrigued and found the idea book that explains it all, Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals; A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals.
I like the idea of preventing and curing animal conditions with natural products. There are more and more vets including the use of aromatherapy and essential oils in their practice to aid animals. This book was written for the layperson who can learn to safely and effectively administer aromatic oils.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, absolutes and hydrosols, and other fragrant plant materials for holistic health treatments. Essential oils are a volatile substance obtained from leaves, flowers, roots, bark, seeds or fruit of a plant via steam distillation and a few other means. Not all plants produce essential oils which is why a reliable resource like this book is of great value.
As I peruse through this book, I’m gleaning such insight into the aromatherapy world. It offers user-friendly advice and how-to instructions. Having four cats, I naturally was interested in formulas that could assist them. I learned that you cannot treat cats and dogs the same. They’re sensitive creatures and differ on how they metabolize and excrete certain substances from their bodies. The reason for this can be found in their liver. They don’t have the necessary enzymes to break down certain substances and discharge them.
I enjoyed reading all the case studies, research, and toxicology reports, they were enlightening and frightening at the same time. Administering essential oils to your pets requires having clear and concise information, you just cannot wing something like this and put the health of your pet at risk. Read each page thoroughly!
The book does refer to a website that no longer exists and a holistic vet that only has info in Chinese. Perhaps they need to update their book. All in all, it’s a good resource book.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.