Birds & Exotics: Udder Vitality is not recommended for use with these species. CritterBoost is recommended for these animals.
Cats: Udder Vitality is not recommended for use. KittyBoost would be recommended for mammary issues in cats.
Dogs: There are not many instances where dogs will need to use Udder Vitality on a regular basis - however we have had several cases of
mastitis and abscesses in nursing mothers, where Udder Vitality can be helpful. Using the
DIY Udder Salve recipe listed below, or diluting Udder Vitality in Fractionated Coconut
Oil (FCO) would be the recommended route of application. I would suggest adding between
5-20 drops of Udder Vitality to 10mL (2 teaspoons) of FCO as a starting concentration. Then
apply this mixture two to three times a day to the swollen mammary tissue. If nursing pups are
still with the mom, monitor them closely to ensure that they are still nursing, and not concerned
about the application of essential oils to the mom. We have not found any issues actually, but
I will still always recommend the careful monitoring of the response of both mom and pups. If
there is already a mammary issue, milk supply or willingness to nurse pups may be
compromised - and it is important that weights and conditions are closely watched.
With dogs, we do not recommend the oral use of Udder Vitality - with the exception of the slight amounts that nursing pups would ingest. However, delivery via capsule or within food or water - is not recommended without direct consultation with a veterinary aromatherapist.
For some more severe cases, additional use of Udder Vitality orally may be helpful. Starting with 1 drop of Udder Vitality per 200 pounds of animal, given twice a day, is a good start. Some animals may need to increase to 2 drops per 200 pounds in severe cases. This can be dripped directly into the mouth (this is easier with horses - see the Horse page HERE), mixed with feed, or added to water. In general, mixing with feed is easiest for cattle, goats, or horses - and you should strive to have them ingest the entire amount of "essential oil feed" at one setting.
Horses, Cattle, and other Large Animals: Horses are generally not milked, and so their use of Udder Vitality is often more similar to what is described for dogs. However, Horses can follow the ingestion directions if their case shows that oral use is indicated. For most milking animals - the routine use of Udder Vitality in their Udder Wash or Teat Dip/Salve is a wonderful idea for preventive measures. We usually find that farms who have had higher somatic cell counts, or repeat cases of mastitis, find that they are experiencing far less occurrences, maintain lower cell counts, and also are experiencing higher milk volumes. Cows, Goats, and Farmers are all happier!
Prevention or early treatment is ideal. If a milk animal progresses to a state where there is significant mastitis, abscesses, swollen quarters, or where milk needs to be "dumped" - then more aggressive treatment with Udder Vitality may be needed. In these cases - I will still use the Udder Wash and Teat Salve as described, but will usually add higher amounts of Udder Vitality to them. I will also sometimes apply Udder Vitality directly to the udder as well - either diluted 1/2 and 1/2 with Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) or even applied neat (undiluted) in some cases. Applying once or twice a day is often realistic for most.
We have not experienced any concern with using essential oils alongside of traditional drugs or treatments, nor are there any recommended withdrawal times for milk consumption after the use of essential oils - either topically or orally. However, if the milk is from an active mastitis case, I would typically refrain from ingesting it.
You are already touching an animal once or twice a day. You might as well make your touch a beneficial and therapeutic one! Why apply toxic cleaners and chemicals to an udder, that is directly a source of food?
Essential oils can provide wonderful and natural disinfection and help to prevent a variety of health issues - without concern of creating resistant bacteria. This is because essential oils change slightly from season to season, and from harvest to harvest. This slight variation keeps pathogens from figuring out ways to outsmart the "system" and develop resistance.
You can make your own Udder Wash for goats, cows, or any other milking animal.