Hoofs, Pawz ‘n Claws
Natural healing & wellness for all animals

When an animal's SKIN is not right....
My dog is chewing raw spots on his legs; my cat is pulling fur from her back; my cat is scratching his chin until it bleeds; what is this rash all about? 

Contributing Editors
Cindy Phillips and Mary Ward-Farnham
Young Living Distributors/Members
February 2007, Vol 1

Skin abnormalities appear in many forms: rashes, scabs, bumps, itchiness, redness, dandruff, hair loss.  No matter how the skin gets your attention, other issues need to be addressed, which include nutrition, tissue regeneration and internal organ cleansing.  Young Living offers many products to support and heal skin conditions and deeper imbalances. These products all contain therapeutic grade essential oils, which are so small in molecular size that they quickly penetrate the skin and work deep at a cellular level.   MELROSE and PURIFICATION Essential Oil Blends cleanse and heal.  MELROSE and LAVENDER promote tissue regeneration. LAVENDER is also very soothing and promotes healing. GERANIUM Essential Oil has been used for centuries to regenerate and heal skin conditions.. MELROSE and GERANIUM are both anti-fungal. PEPPERMINT deals with inflammation and heat, which typically exist with most skin conditions. ANIMAL SCENTS OINTMENT and LAVADERM COOLING MIST are supportive for any wound or healing situation. 

Skin issues almost always indicate a nutrition problem.  Animals (and humans) need Omega 3 fatty acids, in the form of a good fish oil.

Natalie, 15 year old pig who loves to lounge by the wood burner, typically has flaky, dry skin.  Today her skin is beginning to show change after using


May Be More Than Skin Deep
When skin issues appear, it's a reflection of some other discomfort and imbalance in the system.  What happens on the inside, shows up on the outside. Skin issues are best solved from the inside out.  Some things to consider:

  • Nutrition - Is pet food really good for our pets, or actually causing harm? What is a 'natural' pet diet?
  • Internal organs - What's happening with the liver, kidneys, heart and digestive tract when the skin appears irritated?
  • Poisons - Are our pets harmed by daily contact with chemical laden cleaning products, shampoos, medications, flea collars?

Remember that your pet did not get this way overnight, and it will take time and patience on your part to get the results needed.  Enjoy the time you spend together on the way to wellness.  Stay positive!

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Mugsie, 5 yr old pug
Mugsie's skin issues developed from a staph infection caused by allergies, which were undetermined by his veterinarian.  He had very itchy skin and was doing a lot of licking and scratching.  He lost hair and his skin looked thick and callused. Part of Mugsie's recovery was daily mineral soaks with oils of Melrose, LavenderGeranium.  Jen, his owner, used Orange Blossom Facial Wash on his back while in the soaks. Afterward, she applied Tender Tush to the skin.  Daily, Mugsie continues to get NingXia Red and Sulfurzyme, two powerful nutrient sources for immune boosting and support for almost every body system.   He also gets a probiotic, YL's Royaldolphilus. His skin has lost the callus look and his hair is growing back.  Jenny      

Mugsie is a very 'active' pug. Jen, his owner, was  surprised how calm he was during and after most soaks.  Mia, her other dog, was interested in what was going on. She came over and drank from the soak water.    


Miss Lucille, 7 month cat
Lucy had been diagnosed with Pemphigus as a kitten.  Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune disease that results in blistering and burn-like lesions on the skin and/or mucus membranes.  While evident externally, it most certainly causes tissue deterioration internally to organs and vessels. 

When I met Lucy, she was anything but comfortable.  She had a fever, her abdomen was swollen, her whole body was full of scabs and blisters, most of her hair was gone, she hid, did not want to be touched.  Her body had a sweaty, filmy feeling over bumps that covered her from head to tip of tail.  Her body gave off an odor of infection.  While her appetite was still good (possibly stimulated by the prescribed steroids?), she looked and acted like a sick middle-aged cat, not a 7-month-old kitten. 

Natural remedies began, and all prescription medications were phased out.  Essential therapeutic oils were used to reduce fever and inflammation; oils to stimulate and strengthen her immune system; oils to soothe and repair skin; oils to combat viral, fungal, and bacterial infections.  Oils were rotated so that a variety was offered to her body.   She was given a high protein, high energy chlorophyll formula (that also has oils in it) to help cleanse the blood, support the immune system, balance blood sugar levels and “feed” her endocrine system.  A source of acidophilus was given daily to restore friendly bacteria and flora in her digestive system (and to complement needed enzyme production).  The Photonic Light, a monochromatic red light that stimulates the acupuncture points to open the meridian energy channels, was used several times a week.  Lucy was given subcutaneous fluids daily to help flush her internal organs, assist the kidneys that had taken a “hit” from the steroids and to hydrate her tissues.   She began to respond immediately.

Lucy became a healthy happy kitty.  Then months later following a scheduled surgery for spaying and front digit removal,  Lucy plummeted back down into a full-blown outbreak of fevers, scabs, wounds, swelling, and blisters with massive hair loss, hiding, and clearly ill.  The entire regimen was resumed: oils, fluids, greens, all of the natural supplements and tinctures, and this time the full mineral soaks were added. Essential oils for skin rejuvenation and for immune boosting were put into the mineral baths.  Lucy’s response to the mineral soaks was amazing.

 Mineral Soaks Have Proven To Be Safe Method For Cats To Receive Oils. 



In her first soak, she released a lot of toxic wastes. The water was chocolate brown and full of scabby debris.  Her body was smooth, soft, and tissues were pink and oxygenated.  Lucy’s owners continued the baths three more days consecutively.  Each bath contained less and less debris and the water was clearer each time.  They followed the same routine the next week, and the next week, reducing to three baths then two baths.

Animals Have A Natural Affinity To The Healing Influence Of The Oils.   They Are More Sensitive To The Oils Than Humans, One Drop Goes A Long Way.

Miss Lucille, 7 month cat (cont'd)

A most remarkable detoxification occurred at the end of the second week.  Following her bath, Lucy broke out with a massive patch of raw, bloody, open wounds on the back of her neck.  The mineral gel was applied.  When Lucy’s owners got home from work that night, the site was completely healed, no sign of the wounds at all.  I refer to this as a “healing crisis”.  It is one of the major but vital eliminations we sometimes experience as we purge the toxic overload.  I think of it as the mountain that must be traveled over before deep cleansing and healing can be completed.  In other words, we sometimes look and feel sicker as our bodies purge the toxins, but we are clearly on the road to natural healing, meaning the body is doing what it is created to do.  Mary



Today Lucy is a content, healthy five year old cat.


Tiger with feline acne
A cat had severe feline acne, the worst case we have ever
seen.  The whole chin was inflamed, oozing, infected and tender.  We treated Tiger with hot compresses, and then used a 50/50 mix of Young Living Melaleuca alternifolia and Lavender in liberal amounts, painting the oils on with a small paintbrush.  After 12 days we discontinued.  His chin healed up beautifully.  The owner started adding some pumpkin to his canned food each day and he's not had a reoccurrence since then, to the best of our knowledge.Tiger also had a low appetite, due to a thyroid condition and his appetiteincreased with applications of Valor Essential Oil Blend.  We would put a little Valor on our hands, rub our hands lightly together and then pet Tiger all over.  He would proceed to groom himself, thus ingesting some of the oil.  His appetite soon improved!   Boel

NOTE: Melaleuca is commonly not recommended for use on cats.  Our experience, however, is that using any Young Living Melaleuca, including the Young Living Blend Melrose, has been safe to use on cats. Remember, each cat may respond differently to any oil, so simple precautions are encouraged until you are comfortable with your cat's response.

Young Living Products contribute to the solution, not the problem. They support the body's natural healing abilities.

MELROSE - Essential Oil Blend with antiseptic properties which make it excellent for cleansing and healing, but primarily for helping with tissue regeneration. Use for rashes, cuts, scrapes, or any infection.
Ingredients: Melaleuca, Naouli, Rosemary & Clove
Applications: Add to soak, apply topically on site, on paws or hoof or claw, or on spine, as in Raindrop treatment.  May need to dilute  with carrier oil, such as YL's V6 mixing oil, grapeseed, almond or olive oil.


LAVENDER - Essential Oil which is highly soothing and relaxing.  Very effective on burns or any injury to the skin. Promotes tissue regeneration and speeds healing.
Ingredients: Lavender Essential Oil
Applications: Add to soak, apply topically. Cats usually salivate with Lavendar

GERANIUM - Essential Oil which has been used for centuries for regenerating and healing skin conditions. Anti-fungal properties. Supports kidney, pancreas and liver.
Ingredients: Geranium Essential Oil
Applications: Add to soak, apply topically

- Essential Oil which has anti-inflammatory properties.  Also use for fever, digestive aid, arthritis, liver problems, nerves. 
Ingredients: Peppermint Essential Oil
Applications: Apply to bottom of paw, or top of hoof, bottom of claw.  May need to dilute with carrier oil, such as YL's V6 mixing oil, grapeseed, almond or olive oil. 

PURIFICATION - Essential Oil Blend with powerful antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and sanitizing properties.  Useful for killing odors and their bacteria. Beneficial in neutralizing poison from insect bites, such as spiders, bees, hornets and wasps.
Ingredients: Citronella, lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin, Myrtle
Applications: Apply topically for infections, cleansing or insect bites.  Can be irritating to sensitive skin, so always dilute with carrier oil, such as YL's V6 mixing oil, grapeseed, almond or olive oil.

  ANIMAL SCENTS OINTMENT  - Blend of wholesome herbs and essential oils designed for helping your pet heal from minor skin irritations, cuts and scrapes. 
Ingredients: Mink oil, lecithin, beeswax, lanolin, sesame seed oil, wheat germ oil, Essential oils of Rosewood, Palmarose, Patchouli, Myrrh, Carrot seed, Melaleuca alternifolia, Rosehip Seed, Geranium, Balsam Fir. 
: Apply topically for skin wounds or irritations.

LAVADERM COOLING MIST - Provides wonderful relief to any type of skin irritation.  Quickly cools and hydrates the skin and speeds healing and tissue regeneration. 
Ingredients: Re-structured water, lavender floral water, aloe vera gel and Lavender Essential Oil
: Spray topically on affected area

KIDSCENTS TENDER TUSH - Mild, soothing and gentle ointment designed to protect and nourish young skin and promote healing. Useful for diaper rash and skin irritations. 
Ingredients: Coconut oil, cocoa butter, bees wax, wheat germ oil, olive oil, almond oil and essential oils of Sandalwood, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Cistus, Blue Tansy, Frankincense.
: Apply topically on affected area

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References and Links

Dr. Michael Fox- Animal Doctor
Mercola.com  Do Dogs & Cats Need Grain?
Horrors of Pet Food Ingredients
Abundant Health
Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie & Alan Higley

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Product Name Code# Wholesale Preferred Customer
Melrose, 15 ml 3378 $16.75 $19.39 $22.04
Lavender, 15 ml 3575 $19.75 $22.87 $25.99
Geranium, 15 ml 3554 $27.00 $31.26 $35.53
Peppermint, 15 ml 3614 $19.75 $22.87 $25.99
Purification, 15 ml 3399 $14.25 $16.80 $18.75
Animal Scents Ointment, .6 lb 5165 $16.50 $19.11 $21.71
Lavaderm, 2 fl oz 3249 $12.50 $14.47 $16.45
TenderTush, 2 oz 3689 $19.75 $22.87 $25.99

 What works for animals, works for humans too.

Pure is not always pure...Young Living Essential Oils are pure, organic therapeutic grade essential oils.  Producing the purest of oils can be costly because it may require several hundred pounds, or even several thousand pounds of plant material to extract one pound of pure essential oil.  The extraction of oil is a science that needs to be done precisely.  For those oils obtained with steam distillation, each oil varies in the amount of pressure, time and heat requirements to maintain all of the therapeutic qualities.  KNOW YOUR SOURCE  Oils obtained from stores are generally "fragrance quality".  They may be over-processed, chemical laden, highly adulterated & denatured products.  Remember, what you put ON your animal is going to the INSIDE of your animal too.  


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Cindy Phillips, YL 649850
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Email:  cindy@reindeergames-wi.com

Mary Ward-Farnham, YL 557780
Ofc 920 386-2450, Cell 920 210 0261
Email:  waterdown@powerweb.net

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