In this situation, water-based diffusion is used in an average household room with the animal. The animal may or may not be able to leave the room, but is generally over 5 feet away from the diffuser. This method is appropriate for all animals including birds, reptiles, exotic species, and cats.
This situation may include using a water-based diffuser in a much smaller room, such as a bathroom, with an animal. This allows for greater exposure to the essential oil vapor.
With this method, I would be directing the diffuser vapors into a cage or kennel of an animal. Basically, placing a diffuser in close proximity with an animal who otherwise cannot move away from the vapor.
This method is more intense and concentrated than directing diffusion vapor into an otherwise open cage. With tenting, I cover an animal’s enclosure to effectively trap the diffusion vapors around the animal, and ensure a higher level of inhalation and exposure. Placing plastic wrap, plastic sheeting, or towels over both the cage and the diffuser, creates a situation where generally the animal will be enveloped in a misty cloud of essential oil vapors. This method must be monitored much more intensely.
It is interesting to consider also – that diffusion will permeate and penetrate even fur, skin, and tissues. A vapor mist around the entire animal can impart anti-fungal benefits to conditions such as ringworm, or even anti-inflammatory actions to the swollen eyes of kittens with severe upper respiratory infections.*
Another method of water-based diffusion is to add essential oils into water contained in a glass spray bottle. This solution is shaken to disperse the essential oils within the water before each use, and then sprayed into the air. This method is also incredibly flexible, as anywhere from a toothpick dip to 20 or more drops of essential oil(s) can be added to varying amounts of water – allowing for incredible flexibility in the concentration of essential oils that are put into the environment. You can purchase high quality glass spray bottles along with animalEO products which have been proven over time to stand up to essential oil use for years!
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