Essential Oil use for animals, especially cats and birds, is controversial. Why? Because poor-quality oils, plug-in/spray air fresheners, odor eliminating sprays, perfumes, fabric softeners and toxic cleaners can cause illness in pets ranging from seizures, elevated kidney/liver values, feather picking, skin problems, and ear infections. This has even been true for products that are "guaranteed" by the veterinary community to be safe and non-toxic but lack scientific data to substantiate their claims. Most problems with essential oils arise when human-intended essential oils with no instructions for proper use regarding animals are used. AnimalEO is Veterinary Formulated and labeled with accurate recommendations for the animals that the product is intended for!
Beneficial effects of supremely sourced and clean essential oils have on dogs, cats, horses, cows, exotics, and many other animals has been well documented. Though it is nearly impossible to monitor every essential oil released by every company and most essential oil singles and blends that are created with humans in mind are just not appropriate to use with animals unless strict instructions and guidelines are followed. Every essential oils that goes into every AnimalEO product is personally evaluated by Dr. Melissa Shelton, DVM, to ensure that every product is as perfect and safe as it can be.
Ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Essential Oils of Black Cumin (Nigella sativa), Juniper (Juniperus communis), Rosemary Verbenone Chemotype (Rosmarinus officinalis), Helichrysum (H. italicum), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Anise (Pimpinella anisum), Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis), Oregano (Oreganum vulgare), Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), Laurus nobilis, Basil Linalool Chemotype (Ocimum basilicum), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Catnip (Nepeta cataria), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia Cineole Chemotype).
Support for Healthy Kidneys, Bladder, Urine and More
UroBoost is supportive of all parts of the Urologic System. This includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and even some of the reproductive and genital tracts that are so closely associated. There are many other aspects of the body that rely on a healthy Urologic and Renal System - blood pressure, electrolytes, blood cell levels, and more are dependent on these systems to function optimally.
Although UroBoost provides additional and directed support to the Urologic System - it still provides support to the entire body.
UroBoost is a Ready To Use (RTU) product - which is already diluted to a rate that most animals can tolerate easily. UroBoost builds upon our KittyBoost formula - adding essential oils that specifically support the kidneys and urologic system - to the already amazing and supportive blend. KittyBoost as well as UroBoost are not "just for cats" - read below for directions for each species
Are essential oils safe for use with compromised kidneys?
It's not always an easy answer. While I do not hesitate to use essential oils with all sorts of renal disease patients, I also want to make sure they are fully hydrated. This is the "Catch 22". On one hand, essential oils can help a renal patient feel better, drink more, and maintain better health and hydration. And on the other hand, just like with a massage - being well hydrated is important in our ability to mobilize and excrete the by-products of health and healing. While I have never witnessed essential oils to additionally harm kidney health when used correctly - I do feel that the best candidates for use of essential oil support - are those who are properly hydrated.
Please make sure to work in combination with your veterinarian, to best support your animal in health and healing. In our veterinary hospital, I would routinely gather a minimum data base of a Blood Chemistry Profile, CBC, and Cysto Urinalysis prior to starting essential oil therapies. While this is not mandatory, I felt it was best in evaluating the current condition of the animal I wanted to help, their hydration status - and to get a baseline in which to compare future values to. Thus - being able to recognize if the care we were giving made valuable contributions.
What about urinary infections, cystitis, stones, and crystals?
Working with your veterinarian is even more important in these situations, so that you can obtain an accurate diagnosis. Hydration is still one of the utmost concerns - so make sure to read the newsletter linked in the button above. UroBoost is supportive for all of the urinary conditions mentioned, although I will say that when oral antibiotics are indicated by your veterinarian, essential oils are usually not a viable option to replace them. Essential oils have been very helpful in supporting the resolution of difficult urinary cases, or in keeping the frequency of attacks and re-infection at bay. But as a total treatment option - I would not want you to have unrealistic expectations. In some situations, daily use of the UroBoost may be indicated and can bring relief and comfort to an acute urinary irritation. It is always best to try to use essential oils only as often as is needed to keep symptoms comfortable, so if an application every 3 days maintains comfort - then using the schedule that is best for that individual is recommended (ie applying every 3 days.)
Instructions for Use:
UroBoost is NOT for diffusion as it contains Fractionated Coconut Oil!
Almost all animals can use UroBoost. Although, further dilution may be required for certain species.
Cats: Cats can use UroBoost in place of KittyBoost when extra support is needed for their kidneys or urologic system. Some cats may already be using our KittyBoost product - and you may want to try UroBoost for them. When this is the case, I often recommend using UroBoost in the same effective methods, doses, and ways that you have already been using the KittyBoost. UroBoost is especially indicated for cats with Renal (Kidney) Disease, Failure, or Urinary Tract issues - but it is important that you work with your veterinarian to correct any underlying medical issues or dehydration. If your cat is ill, you will need to have your veterinarian correct the medical issues at hand, prior to expecting essential oils to aid drastically. We have seen animals supported with essential oils feel better, eat better, and stay more hydrated - which in the veterinary clinic results in lowered renal blood values. Essential oil use really "shines" when used in preventive measures or for cases detected very early in their progression. For dehydrated cats - veterinary intervention is often necessary - and I do find that Intravenous Fluids (IV) may be necessary to get a cat "back on track". Then I use essential oils to help maintain that state of health and hydration. I do use essential oils right alongside of my traditional means - and they appear to help greatly.
Cats can usually use UroBoost right out of the bottle, in the same methods as described for KittyBoost. However, for those of a more delicate nature - further dilution initially (as described above) is a wise start. If your cat is new to essential oils, follow the instructions on the KittyBoost page regarding application.
Alternating use of KittyBoost, UroBoost, LiverBoost, ThyroBalance or other body supporting "boosters" can be a great way to provide all over system support on a routine basis. For example, one of my cats gets a "boost" weekly. One week I may use UroBoost, the following week I use ThyroBalance, and then the next week I might select CardioBoost. Each time, I am supporting a body system just a little bit more specifically - good insurance for the future in my eyes. However, for one of my cats who is a breed prone to developing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - I may select CardioBoost more often or as my main selection. UroBoost could be used without rotation to other formulas for animals with mainly Urologic support desired.
Dogs: Many dogs can benefit from additional support of a variety of body systems - even if they are clinically "normal" - an occasional UroBoost is a great idea.
For general maintenance, dogs can have an occasional application of UroBoost for added support of maintaining a healthy and happy Urologic System. This application can be inserted into an AromaBoost application - generally between the #3 and #4 application - although any spot is technically okay. Use whichever schedule you are using for your AromaBoost applications - and apply the same amount of drops as you would with formulas 1-5.
You can also apply UroBoost as a separate application unto itself - if desired. In general, 3-5 drops are applied to small dogs, around 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) and under. However, for dogs who are new to oils, or may be more sensitive - diluting your first few applications can make applications easier on your dog.
Basically, you can just drip the oils up the back and massage in, or you may apply the drops to your hands and then apply them to your dog in a Petting manner. For larger dogs - you can usually apply more drops. For medium dogs between 25-50 pounds applying 5-8 drops is average. And for large dogs over 50 pounds - a range of 6-12 drops can be used. For dogs new to essential oils - starting with even less than the recommended amounts or with further diluted oils can be a good way to ensure you do not create an oil aversion. You may not see results with lesser amounts or with further diluted oils sometimes, but since we are also wanting to create a "happy" situation with oil use for your dog, and not overwhelm them - the added time to slowly build up concentrations of essential oil use can be worth it.
For dogs that have been diagnosed with kidney disease or other urologic problems - it is important that you work with your veterinarian, and monitor your dog closely with their aid. Never neglect the use of veterinary diagnostics and traditional treatments when they are indicated, and make sure to tell your vet that you are using natural substances that help support urologic health and function. For times of acute bladder irritation, such as with a bladder infection, Petting the UroBoost directly over the bladder area on the stomach can be an increased help.
For my own dogs - I often rotate through several of the body specific support blends, each time I perform their "routine maintenance". So, if my dogs get a monthly AromaBoost RTU applied - I might insert UroBoost one month, then CardioBoost another month, and so on. However, for my patients who do have existing renal or urinary tract disease, I will strive to support their system much more often, and regularly. In some cases, daily applications of UroBoost can be considered - but I find that every 3-7 days is average for most dogs needing additional urologic support.
Additional oils that specifically support the Renal (Kidneys) and Urologic System are added to our KittyBoost blend to create UroBoost. UroBoost is perfect to support animals with a diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure, Urinary issues, Kidney or Bladder stones and crystals, and more.
Black Cumin: In the world of Black Cumin oil there can be "expeller pressed" versions as well as "cold pressed." They both have their purposes; however the cold pressed oil would be considered more therapeutic in action. Thymoquinone is one of the main constituents of interest, and has shown a lot of promising research including this information on supporting renal recovery.
Juniper: Juniper has long been used to support the Kidneys and urinary tract - and has been reported to enhance glomerular filtration as well as decrease prostatitis.
Rosemary Verbenone Chemotype is a milder form of Rosemary but still carries Rosemary's benefits of aiding in the elimination from Kidneys as well as balancing diuresis and circulation support.
Helichrysum: Additional Helichrysum is included within UroBoost. See below for additional information.
Geranium: Used for many purposes in the animal kingdom, Geranium can be useful for liver and pancreas support, skin conditions, hormone balancing, and to stimulate the healthy output of the adrenocortical glands. In UroBoost, Geranium helps to support normal diuresis, hemostasis (blood clotting), as well as providing emotional benefits.
Frankincense: Additional Frankincense is added to UroBoost as we see it magnify the effects of other essential oils, as well as it is well researched for anti-tumor properties. Read more about Frankincense below.
Copaiba: Additional Copaiba is also added, as it supports the resolution of inflammation that is so common with every disorder.
Marjoram: Additional Marjoram is added as an aid to muscle spasm in the urinary tract.
Fennel: has been used traditionally to treat high uric acid levels and stones along with general bladder irritation.
Lemon: Lemon has been well known for support of the kidneys and for urinary stones.
Lemongrass: Known as a tonic for the body, and regulator of the parasympathetic system - it has long been used for support of healing and resolution of bladder infections.
German Chamomile: is noted for help with urinary stones and ureter inflammation.
Cedarwood: antiseptic and diuretic in action, and has been known to be beneficial in the treatment of kidney and bladder disorders - especially infections and cystitis.
Bergamot: Often indicated for cystitis and urinary infections.
Sandalwood: Indicated for gentle diuretic actions as well as for cystitis. It is also indicated to have actions on the mucous membranes of the genitourinary tract.
Laurus nobilis: known as a Liver and Kidney tonic.
Basil Linalool: A gentle chemotype of Basil, it is often helpful to relieve spasm of the urinary tract and to promote normal diuresis.
Niaouli (MQV-C): Indicated for urinary infections and cystitis.
Lavender: Additional Lavender is added to create UroBoost - and can have aid in muscle spasm and control in the urinary tract.
Caution: Not every animal should use every animalEO product. Just because the products are "for animals", does not mean that the same product intended for dogs, should be used with birds and so on. If you have questions about the use of your products please contact us, or contact Dr. Melissa Shelton, DVM at AnimalEO