Start Now to Ensure Joint Health for Your Pet

Joint pain in aging pets is a common health issue. Not only is the pain debilitating, but constant pain will begin to deteriorate your pet‘s immune system making them more susceptible to other health issues.

Dr. Melissa Shelton DVM, in her book the Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals, states that “It is important to address pain in animals since it can depress their immune system and create deterioration in overall health.” She recommends supporting the nervous system with the advice of a veterinarian so that the pain levels are properly addressed (ADR p. 440). Specifically for joint pain, Shelton recommends that essential oils and supplements can support the nervous and skeletal systems where the pain and inflammation that cause joint pain begin.

According to Shelton’s ADR, individual oils like “Copaiba, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Palo Santo, Peppermint, Tansy (Blue), and Wintergreen,” can be used to support the body systems in dogs, while cats will not do as well with the Peppermint. Shelton also recommends essential oil supplements to use as overall support measures. Young Living’s BLM capsules, NingXia Red, Omega Blue, Ortho Ease Massage Oil, and Ortho Sport Massage Oil, are all supplements which can be used to support body systems.

Shelton’s recommended oils and supplements for systems support, combined properly with an otherwise healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise, seems to be the ultimate support for aging dogs and cats. The natural oils will not build up in the tissue of the pets, unlike synthetic pharmaceuticals, so there is little chance of side effects. There are thousands of years of anecdotal evidence, as well as years of veterinary study and experience, to support essential oils as a part of a lifelong support of body systems.

Joint pain can devastate the lives of both our human and pet families. Natural supportive care and a healthy lifestyle, however, can support general health and support the joints in the entire body, so all our family members continue to enjoy the activities we cherish in life.

Mrs. Nanny Paws supports the use of Young Living essential oils as a natural resource to support your pet’s health and wellness. Young Living oils are safe for your pet because they are guaranteed to have no additives and are extracted using only natural steam and cold press methods which ensure that no residual chemicals will contaminate the pure oil. The YL Seed to Seal Guarantee means that all aspects, from the seeds to the bottle are owned and controlled by Young Living.

Marilyn Sinex, Pet Health, and Wellness Educator, provides assistance and education on using essential oils as a natural resource for your pet. If you would like to learn how the oils can support health and wellness for your pet contact Marilyn at or call her at (610) 703-3579.