Pets Car Ride Anxiety, Depression, Calming. Essential oils are considered to be effective in repelling fleas and ticks, and are a great way to limit the amount of chemicals your pet is exposed to.  It is wise to use caution though with some pets. Cats are considered to be sensitive to certain oils, such as citrus oils and pine oils. Limiting the use of essential oils on more sensitive pets like cats is important. Their metabolic systems are also considered to respond poorly. 

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Some of the most effective essential oils for fleas and ticks include the following: lavender, peppermint, cedar, lemongrass, eucalyptus, citronella and pennyroyal essential oils. Lavender essential oil is termed as an all-purpose flea and tick repellent that is produced via steam distillation of its flowers. Lavender is applied on the skin and should be used in your pet’s soap, lotions, and can also be sprayed on your pet and in its environment.

Lemongrass essential oil is made up of limonene compound which is considered to be effective in repelling ticks and fleas.  The oil should be sprinkled around the pet’s environment, including its bedding, cushions, and bowls. Lemongrass should not be applied directly on your pet’s fur since it may cause skin reactions. One of the best blends to use for repelling fleas and ticks on your pet is a mixture of eucalyptus, peppermint, and clary sage essential oils. If using this blend on cats, do not include peppermint essential oil since it is made up of phenols and ketones that cats are more sensitive to than dogs. Another effective blend is a mixture of lavender, myrrh, geranium, and rosewood essential oils.

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Lavender is considered a universal oil that can be used in both its pure and diluted form. It is among the most versatile essential oils since it can be used for various ailments. You can use it for your pet in order to relieve anxiety, depression, and stress. Chamomile essential oil is known for its sweet, herbaceous, and fruity scent. The oil provides both soothing and relaxing properties, allowing it to relieve depression, tension, and stress in your pet.

YlangYlang has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that makes the oil useful in relieving stress and offering your pet a clearer mind.  Ylang Ylang is widely known for its sedating and anti-depressant properties which make it essential for relieving depression in your pet. The above three oils can also be blended together for use in calming your pet. If you are using the blend for your cat, you should avoid Ylang Ylang essential oil since it contains phenols.

Phenols are irritating to cats and when not used with enzymes, cats are unable to metabolize them, which may cause toxicity of the liver and kidneys. Lavender essential oil can be used alone to relieve car ride anxiety in your pet. You can spray the essential oil in your car or diffuse it in order for your pet to inhale it.

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Car Sickness

Car sickness in pets arises in situations of simulated motion. It may also occur in the absence of real motion. Car sickness in pets can occur in situations where the regularities between your pet’s self-motion and sensory feedback are disturbed, particularly when looking left-right reversing prisms. Motion sickness when driving with your pet may cause illness. The condition is usually accompanied by signs of abdominal salivation, nausea, and abdominal stress. Well, the good news is that you can effectively and conveniently curb car sickness by using pet aromatherapy, which involves the use of essential oils.

Lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil can provide relief from car sickness. You can blend ten parts of lavender with one part of peppermint and diffuse the blend in your car. You can also simply put a few drops of either lavender or peppermint essential oil on a handkerchief, and hold it under your pet’s nose.

You should do this as a preventive measure for car sickness before embarking on your excursion with your pet, and repeat if symptoms of car sickness develop in your pet as you are traveling. Ginger essential oil can also help your dog avoid car sickness. Place a few drops of diluted ginger essential oil on a front paw, where the scent of the oil will stay close to your pet’s nose.