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.
For Horses, Cows, Goats, and other large animals: UroBoost can also be used just as it would for dogs. Drops are placed approximately 3 inches apart up the spine, then rubbed in. Most large animals will have between 6-12 drops applied. If you suspect that your animal may be particularly sensitive to oil applications, start out applying only 5-8 drops along their back. You can always apply more later, but you cannot "take it away." That is one of the most important concepts to understand with use of aromatherapy in animals. Start with really light applications, you may just be surprised at how effective they are, and will not need to waste additional oils by applying more than is needed!
Just as for dogs (please do read all animal descriptions - even for birds - they are extremely educational!) - UroBoost can be used alone, or as an insertion into an AromaBoost RTU application. Routine maintenance and support can be provided through weekly to monthly applications - and in more severe cases of need - you may find that applications every 1-7 days may be more beneficial. It is important to monitor your animal, and work with your veterinarian to evaluate symptoms and determine if your support is changing things for the better, or if you may need want to try larger amounts or more frequent applications.
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 who 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.
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.
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. For animals completely new to essential oil use - please check back for our new educational page soon - for much more in depth descriptions and examples.
Birds & Small Exotics: For these animals, it is wise to start with a more diluted product. I recommend placing 1 part UroBoost into 10 parts of Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) - so for example 10 drops of UroBoost into 100 drops of FCO. (You can mix these new dilutions in our glass bottles available on our Accessories Page). Ideally, this mixture is rocked several times a day, and allowed to "marry" for 24 hours or more before use. This solution can then be used similarly to our CritterBoost product - and a visit to that educational page may add some additional insight. The information on our Birds or Exotics pages in the top menu - is also helpful in understanding the use of essential oils for these particular animals.
Birds and Chickens can have the diluted UroBoost rubbed into their feet. Even having it completely absorbed into your hands, then having your parrot perch on your hands, will enable enough essential oil to cross over, and provide a health benefit! For a smaller bird, such as our Lovebird - I will typically put about 2 drops of the diluted UroBoost on my fingers, and then massage it onto her feet and ankles - avoiding her feathers. For our Chickens, we can do the same, however we can use approximately 3-5 drops massaged into each foot. Chickens are overall very hardy, and can be exposed to essential oils in many ways to maintain health and help prevent illness. Many Chickens can use UroBoost undiluted, and directly from the bottle. For chickens - also see our information on ChickyWicky (coming soon).
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.)
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.
Our KittyBoost product is the base for UroBoost. By adding specific essential oils that support Renal and Urologic function and health, the KittyBoost becomes UroBoost...
Frankincense* is heavily researched for anti-tumor activity. It is helpful to support behavioral conditions, depression, brain disorders, seizures, immune system stimulation and regulation, autoimmune disorders, DNA repair, and more. Frankincense is also considered a "life force" oil and has been used extensively in critical cases in our veterinary hospital. Frankincense also seems to be what we refer to as a "magnifying" oil - which means that is appears to magnify and enhance the effects of other essential oils when they are used concurrently.
Copaiba* supports the body when inflammation is present - and inflammation is present in all situations of illness. Healing of the body can take place with greater ease, when the stress of dealing with inflammation can be removed. Stress depresses the immune system, as well as results in delayed healing - not only from illness, but form surgical procedures and injury. Copaiba also tends to magnify the effects of other oils and natural remedies as a regular course of action.
Helichrysum* is truly a miraculous oil, and is worthy of use with almost every situation. Helichrysum tends to bring the body to a point of homeostasis. Whatever is needed within the body, appears to be honored. Helichrysum is especially indicated to support nerve regeneration and neurologic conditions, hearing impairment, circulatory and blood vessel disorders, heart disease, blood clots, liver disease, hypertension, chelation of chemicals, toxin exposure, poisoning, vaccination detoxification, healing of lacerations and wounds, for control of pain. There is not much that Helichrysum does not contribute to, and it falls into a category of "must have" oils in my opinion.
Oregano* has many reported properties, which even alone, would be amazing. Then, when added with Thyme, the supportive properties increase even further - especially in regards to supporting the immune system. These are "hot oils", high in phenols, and must be used properly in animals, especially cats. Although these oils may carry more concern for some to see in a product for use with cats, rest assured, that I have used these formulas with thousands of cats, and even have documented blood work safety data for over 3 years on a cat who is getting an application of these oils TWICE A DAY! These oils are an amazing part of the KittyBoost when used in proper dilution.
Basil* is widely used to support normal histamine levels in our veterinary practice. Although there have been some cautionary statements in regards to Basil with individuals who seizure or have epilepsy, we have not found this to be an issue when used properly. The KittyBoost has been a hallmark treatment for many of our patients, especially those with seizures, and although we monitor all animals closely for any sort of adverse response to oils (no matter what the oil is) - in practice we have seen many more benefits than reasons to avoid the use of Basil. Basil is helpful with liver and pancreatic concerns, and so much more.
Cypress* is mainly used to increase circulation, and aids in every condition with this quality. After all, almost every function in the body relies on proper circulation to work properly. Resorption of bruises, improvement of circulation, and circulatory disorders are primary attributes of this oil.
Marjoram* is well known as one of the "muscle" essential oils, but it is also indicated for body and joint discomfort, arthritis, respiratory conditions (expectorant and mucolytic), muscle spasms, muscle conditions, increasing healthy motility of the gastrointestinal tract, fluid retention, lowering blood pressure, vasodilation, circulatory disorders, and nerve pain. Marjoram carries effects for menstrual problems and PMS in humans, which appears to carry over into hormonal issues in animals as well. Marjoram is an important part of our Hormone Blend.
Lavender* is also well known for use with muscular issues, however, Lavender is an oil that is a veritable "Jack of all trades." Unfortunately, Lavender is also one of the most adulterated and synthetically altered essential oils on the market today. Very few available Lavender oils are pure enough to be called veterinary grade, or qualify for use in animals. We source our Lavender from a grower/distiller that I personally know, and the wonderful qualities of this particular source of oil, is exceptionally suited for use in animals. We are very fortunate to have continued and excellent access to this limited commodity of high quality oil. Lavender is especially indicated for skin conditions, muscular concerns, for calming effects, for burns and frostbite, high blood pressure, cardiac issues, insomnia, and more.
Peppermint* - when used properly, Peppermint is highly beneficial and not overwhelming to animal systems. Peppermint is often used as a "driving oil", which means that it appears to enhance the penetration of other oils. Peppermint's reported properties include supporting the body against inflammation, bacteria, viral, and fungal infections, gall bladder and digestive stimulation, and appetite suppression (although we also find that it's anti-nausea effects can help animals who are also not eating).
Catnip oil* is a relative newcomer to the scene of essential oils for animals. I have been "dabbling" with it for several years, as much of the research associated with it, considers it to be a more effective insect repellent than DEET. And, of course we know that cats and catnip have a long "romance" if you will. Catnip oil as an undiluted or neat oil - is actually quite repulsive. It is intensely strong, and must be diluted for proper use (or if you want other humans to want to be near you!) Since cats need routine help with flea prevention, ear mites, and even repelling of ticks - Catnip oil has become a fun introduction to our veterinary line up. Not only do cats love it for the "happy feelings" that it brings, but the anti-bug properties are showing amazing promise.
Fennel* carries with it benefits and support for blood sugar balancing, blood purification, urinary tract health, support of milk production, and gastrointestinal concerns.
Myrrh* is often referred to as a "Mother Oil" it is that important. Myrrh is also supportive for many endocrine and hormonal conditions including support of the Thyroid, growth hormone production, pituitary gland function, and hypothalamus function. Since many cats are prone to Hyperthyroidism, Myrrh is an important inclusion to KittyBoost.
Citronella* is also included in the KittyBoost for its safe and documented use for insect repellent properties in humans and animals.
And finally, Melissa essential oil* is one of my favorites, and falls into a "must-have" category of oils for me. Although being quite an expensive oil, not many people were able to afford routine access to it, even when it would make critical differences in their animals' health. Melissa is a powerful oil with a very high vibrational energy. Melissa is incredibly supportive to the body in fighting viral conditions and also has very high histamine balancing type actions. Melissa is used to support the body for many conditions including depression, anxiety, pruitis (itching), hives, seizures, anaphylaxis, nausea, indigestion, liver and gall bladder concerns, and even cardiac issues.
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. See below for additional descriptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.