When selecting a shampoo - we do recommend that you add your own animalEO Essential Oils to a shampoo that is unscented, and does not already have essential oils added to it when possible. You can also make your own shampoo recipes - and there are many DIY recipes to be found online for gentle and organic, all-natural animal shampoo recipes. Many start with a base of Liquid Castile Soap - and we really like Dr. Bronner's Baby Unscented Pure Castile Soap.
Please make sure to consult with your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis - and to discuss if the use of Away is right for you. If you both decide to use the Away Solution - you can purchase empty essential oil bottles, as well as Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) on our Order Accessories Page HERE. Many times drops are used for measurement - however counting hundreds of drops of Coconut Oil can be a pain. Instead - you can add approximately 10 drops of Away per teaspoon of FCO or 30 drops of Away per Tablespoon. Please work closely with your veterinarian to monitor responses and for recommendations on length of applications.
This video shows a control ear mite, which is within only Fractionated Coconut Oil on a microscope slide - and is still quite active after several hours.
One wonderful way to use Away is to add it to a natural shampoo of your choice. We only recommend bathing animals, in which bathing would be appropriate for them in the first place. Since animals such as a Chinchilla would normally never have a water based bath - we would not recommend this sort of a bath for these animals. However, although I would not say that I routinely bath rats, when I adopted two rats with lice - they most definitely were the recipients of multiple Away baths! And it helped tremendously!
This video is immediately after application of a 1:10 solution of Away in Fractionated Coconut Oil to ear mites on a microscope slide. The ear mite is twitchy and less coordinated.
This video is of the ear smear taken approximately 24 hours after application of Away directly to the kitten's ears. While the other videos had the Away solution applied to the microscope slide containing the ear mites - this video shows the results of "in vivo" use of the Away solution.
For Birds & Exotics: Diffuse Away in a water-based diffuser. Especially helpful for odor elimination and also for reduction of fruit flies and other insects frequenting an animal area. This blend is not specifically recommended for topical use in these species at this time, and we recommend you utilize blends created directly for these animals for desired results. We are currently monitoring responses of mites and lice in Chickens with the use of Away - and are very happy with safety and results so far!
Cats: Diffusion of Away in a water-based diffuser is also recommended for cat households. Away is wonderful for eliminating pet odors from the household, and litter box areas. Away can be used in Litteroma for odor elimination, and some cats are more attracted to the litter box due to the Catnip essential oil contained within this blend. Please read more about Litteroma by following this link...
Although it would be safe to mist a cat with a water mist of the Away blend - we find that most cats just don't appreciate that form of application. We always attempt to make the applications of essential oils as happy and well accepted as possible. You can certainly use your discretion on if your cat would be accepting of a spray, if you find yourself in need of it - but most of the time, we attempt to select other "cat friendly" products and methods instead. I suggest applications of KittyBoost.
In 2015, we performed several clinical trials of using Away with various insect infestations. One study was with 4 kittens, who had ear mites. The kittens ranged in age from 2 months to 4 months of age at the start of the study. We found that a solution of 1 part Away to 10 parts Fractionated Coconut Oil had wonderful effects on the mites, and did not show additional irritation to the ears (keep in mind, most ears that have an ear mite infestation are already quite irritated and inflammed). Our most effective clinical protocol included twice daily applications of the 1:10 Away Solution for the first week, followed by daily applications until the mites were negative via ear smear. We also recommend applications of KittyBoost to the body of the cat every 1-3 days - as ear mites live over the entire body of a feline. Over several weeks, we achieved elimination of the ear mites from our kittens.
Away was created for many purposes, but all are encompassed in the word "Away". Bugs go "Away", smells go "Away", and stale energy can also go "Away"! Away works wonders in my son's smelly shoes, eliminates odors in our "dog laundry", freshens the air and deodorizes my "pet home", and YES bugs don't like it!!!
This video is taken several minutes after application of a 1:10 solution of Away in Fractionated Coconut Oil to ear mites on a microscope slide. The ear mites show much more debilitation.
4-Legger also has an Unscented and Hypoallergenic Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Aloe - that you can find HERE.
Cats would be more likely to refuse a bath when possible, but it certainly can be done!
Away can also be applied to most dogs topically using the "Petting Technique." Place 1-3 drops into your hands, rub them together until a light coating remains, then pet onto areas of need. For insect repellent; rubbing down the legs, neck, shoulders, and back are good locations to concentrate on. I especially focus on the "ankle" area of my dogs, since ticks will often contact this area first, as they start to climb up the legs.
Horses & Large Animals: These animals can use Away in all of the ways described for dogs, although generally they can use it in higher concentrations and use more of it. For my horses and cow, I will put approximately 10 drops into my hands, and rub them down their legs or wherever bugs are bothering them. For each location, I will repeat placing 10 drops into my hands - so each leg can get 10 drops or more applied sometimes. For gnats and little bugs that bite inside ears, and on chests, adding a "whole bunch" of Away to Raw Coconut Oil (the kind that is solid below room temperature) or to another natural ointment or salve, and using this to coat the inside of the ears or chest area is highly effective. When I say "a whole bunch" - I will often decide how much I add to the Coconut Oil based on how much Coconut Oil I have, and how much Away I have on hand. I know - not very scientific!!! But, truthful! In about 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil I will often add 30 or more drops. When the gnats have been really intense, I may apply the Away neat to the location of attack as well.
Water Misting applications can be used to apply Away to a larger surface area, but I have found for large animals that spraying it within the Fractionated Coconut Oil creates a bit more of a lasting result. Again, I will add "a whole bunch" of the Away to the Fractionated (liquid) Coconut Oil when I am using it as a spray - and this may mean 60 or more drops in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle. The glass spray bottles mentioned above, do a great job of spraying the thin liquid Coconut Oil. When bugs are really bad, I will add more drops into the mixture.
Dogs: Diffusion of Away is also wonderful for dog homes, and visitors will wonder if you even share the home with animals! Away is excellent at eliminating odors on the dog, or on dog bedding, couches, etc... Away can be mixed with distilled water, contained within a glass spray bottle as pictured here. These 4 ounce, glass spray bottles, with trigger sprayer - are available to order through animalEO, and have proven to be very hardy, and have lasted for years of use for our home and clients.
For odor elimination on the dog - for example for anal gland odors, skunk spray, or just extreme doggy odor...place between 4-20 drops of Away into 4 ounces (120 mL) of distilled water. Shake the spray bottle before each use, and mist onto the dog directly where the odor is a problem. For skunk sprays, which tends to be in the face, starting with the 4 drop in 4 ounce dilution is advised when you will be misting the face directly. You may spray the face of the dog, as unless your dog has neurologic damage preventing them from blinking normally, the essential oils will not enter the eye, and should not cause irritation to the eyes. For most odor applications, even 4 drops added to the bottle is quite effective. Please start with this dilution, and add additional drops as needed.
Regular diffusion of Away around your dog, will also permeate their coat, and will provide not only odor eliminating benefits, but will impart small servings of the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils contained within Away, on a regular and sustained basis!
The Away water mist can also be used on dogs as an insect repellent. For insects, a stronger solution of the Away mist may be needed (more drops added to the water) - but it is still best to start with a few drops, make sure your dog tolerates it well, then gradually increase how many drops are in your spray bottle every few days. In most cases, we find we will use approximated 40-60 drops of Away in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle.
Several unique ingredients in Away increase its ability to eliminate odors and repel insects. Eucalyptus citriodora (also called Lemon Eucalyptus) is an essential oil from Australia, which carries well known constituents that repel insects, including PMD (p-Menthane 3,8 diol). Catnip oil is also showing great interest in the world of insect repellents, however both essential oils carry properties that are rivaling DEET!
My favorite ways to use Away include:
Away is ideal for dogs, horses, goats, cows, and other larger animals. Away is also appropriate to diffuse (in a water-based diffuser) in cat, bird, and exotic homes - however, this blend was not necessarily created for these species to use topically, and there may be better initial recommendations for these species available. Please see the cat, bird, or exotic animal pages for more information on appropriate topical blends.