Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for health purposes. Today the use of these oils range from aromatherapy to medicinal to natural cleaning products. The essential oil is made through a distillation process using different parts of a plant such as leaves, roots, and flowers. The benefit that we get from an essential oil come from it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The essential oil is valued for its natural healing with no side effects. Sounds pretty amazing, I would say.  Of course, now I am thinking of my four legged friends! So what about  Essential Oils for Pets?






Essential oil use for dogs have benefits that range from fighting infections, reducing anxiety, stopping bacteria, viruses and reducing inflammation. They can help your dog physically and mentally. Since they contain strong, active ingredients, they should always be used with caution, especially until you know how your dog reacts. It is always advised that you speak with your veterinarian when using any essential oils. This is particularly important if your dog has persistent and severe symptoms.


Safe Essential Oils For Dogs

  • Carrot Seed  – Good for dry, flaky skin, healing scars.
  • Cardamom – Diuretic, helps regulate coughs, appetite, and nausea
  • Cedarwood – Repels fleas, good skin and coat conditioner and stimulates circulation
  • German Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory, good for skin irritations, burns and allergic reactions
  • Roman Chamomile – Analgesic, calms nerves, relieves muscle cramps
  • Clary Sage – Calms nerves when diluted and used in small amounts, sedates. Do not use on pregnant dogsessential-oil-1544439_960_720
  • Eucalyptus Radiata – Antiviral and anti-inflammatory, expectorant. Do not use on small dogs or puppies
  • Geranium – Repels ticks, anti-fungal, good for ear infections
  • Ginger – Aids digestion, helps arthritis pain – use in small amounts and diluted
  • Lavender – Calming, antibacterial, anti-itch, skin irritations
  • Sweet Marjoram – Strong antibacterial, muscle relaxer, repels insects, good for skin infections
  • Spearmint  – Helps diarrhea, nausea, balances metabolism and helps reduces weight
  • Peppermint – Repels insects, stimulates circulation, good for arthritis and sprains. Do not use on small or pregnant dogs
  • Thyme – Pain reliever, good for skin infections, antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • Valerian – Good for anxiety, calms nerves


How To Safely Use Essential Oils

  • Can use topically or by having your dog inhale the oil. Never  mix an oil in the dog’s food or water
  • Always dilute the oil since dogs have a very keen sense of smell
  • Only use as needed, not a preventative measure
  • Never apply essential oils on or near a dog’s eyes or mouth
  • Use caution when using on puppies and older dogs
  • If your dog has a health issue, research the oil before using to avoid complications
  • Start introducing your dog to an oil with a small amount to test for any reactions. You can always increase the amount
  • Only use quality, therapeutic oils that you have purchased from a trusted source





My research states that particular caution needs to be used with the use of essential oils for cats. They are prone to a reaction to an oil, much more that dogs. Essential oils are not used that often with cats since some oil can cause liver or kidney poisoning.  Cats are especially sensitive to oils such as oregano, cloves, cinnamon, and wintergreen.  Essential oils should never be put in the eardrum of a cat as they can damage the ear and surrounding nerves.  If oils are used with cats, the dilution ratio should be much higher than with that for dogs.  A good mixture would be 1 drop essential oil to 50 drops of a diluting base such as coconut oil or grape seed oil.

6 comments on “Essential Oils For Pets? How To Help Your Pet Right Now

  • Hi Erin
    That made for an interesting read. I’ve never thought that essential oils could be used for dogs. Makes sense that they would not be advisable for cats.
    Any comments on breeds? Or is the size of the dog that matters when it comes to dilution and amounts used?
    Thanks for the informative article.

    • Hi Keith, glad you enjoyed my post. My research did not uncover any breed-specific advice, just caution with smaller or pregnant dogs. Good question!

      Take Care,


  • Great article. I never knew it’s ok to use essential oil on pets. I am a bit concerned though – dogs especially are very sensitive to smells. Would this make them very uncomfortable since essential oils have rather strong smells? Also, how should I massage them with oils? My dog has a lot of hair, and I hate getting it oily and having to wash it all afterwards.

    • Hi Lily, I would say for massage purposes, coconut oil would be a better choice. You could use it after your dog has had a bath. You would then want to do another quick lathering with shampoo to remove excess oil Be sure to check out my post on coconut oil for dogs as Dogs do have a good sense of smell which is why you want to dilute the oils. Start with very diluted oil to see how your dog reacts and you can always do less dilution depending on how your dog tolerates it. Great questions!

      Take Care,


  • My question is this, I can see some essential oils that would probably do wonders for one of my dogs. Do you, or can you rub it into their fur? I’m interested in the Lavender Essential Oil which I actually have on hand. I am just not sure how to use it so my dog gets the benefit.

    • Hi, With lavender oil, you can have your dog inhale it to reduce anxiety and for relaxation. It can also help make your dog sleep. You might want to apply it to a blanket or towel for your dog to smell. For skin irritations, you can apply it directly to the effected skin. Remember to dilute the oil and use sparingly until you know how your dog will react to the oil. Great question!

      Take Care,


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