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South Side Animal Clinic is your holistic veterinarian in Rolla, MO. Many people are confused about whether it is safe to use essential oils on a pet. This is a question you cannot always get a clear answer from when you ask a traditional veterinarian. It is best answered by a vet that is trained in natural pet care. There are many benefits to using herbal and essential oils, but it is important to know how to use them and to know which ones can be toxic. Let's take a brief look at this topic.

Natural Pet Care

People are becoming more drawn to natural solutions to both human and pet issues. Essential and herbal oils are becoming more popular because they come from nature. Several of these essential oils can be beneficial, but many are toxic to pets. That is why this is something you must discuss with a trained veterinarian before starting. Cats have especially sensitive systems and are not as easy to treat with these oils, but there are options.

Some Beneficial Essential Oils

You must first keep in mind that any essential oils used on a pet must be 100 percent natural to avoid any unforeseen side effects. In most cases, the oil must also be diluted. Here are some of the most beneficial.

  • Lavender Oil is good for soothing anxiety. It can also be used to treat allergies and burns topically.
  • Peppermint Oil helps protect against fleas and is wonderful for soothing an upset tummy. It also helps energize a tired pet.
  • Chamomile is wonderful for calming stress. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory for burns and minor wounds.

Use Caution

It is extremely important to not only do your research where essential oils are concerned but also to discuss the subject with a holistic veterinarian. Animals, like humans, react differently to things, and knowing which oils are dangerous is essential. As is knowing how to properly administer the oils and what dosages are safe for your pet according to its size, age, and health.

Contact Our Holistic Veterinarian in Rolla, MO

If you are interested in learning more about natural pet care and how to safely use herbal and essential oils, contact us at South Side Animal Clinic. Dr. Wodohodsky is thoroughly trained in the subject and will help you get started in eliminating some of the chemicals in your pet treatment and instead use natural oils to create a healthy, happy pet. Call us today at (573) 426-3647 to learn more.

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Meet the Doctor

  • Dr.
    Jessica Wodohodsky
    DVM, MS, BS, AS

    As a little girl, Jessica lived on a farm in Missouri with various farm animals. She quickly discovered that she was intrigued with the anatomical differences in multiple species and fell in love with dogs, cats, horses, cattle, chickens, frogs, snakes, insects, bees, lizards and more.  As a small child Jessica knew that she had a deep connection with the human animal bond. She set her goals to attend college and pursue her dreams of advancements in animal and human medicine.

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  • "Spotlessly clean. Excellent staff from the front desk to the support techs. Dr Wodohosky combines a holistic approach with the traditional veterinarian science. It worked wonders for my 16 yr old Lhasa. Very reasonably priced. Worth every one of those five stars."
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