Essential Oils + Dogs

May 16, 2019

There is some pretty controversial information about essential oils + pets on the internet these days. In the age of viral posts and everyone getting their five minutes of fame, Dr. Google isn’t always the best source for information. In fact, whether your dog gets stressed out during thunderstorms, using essential oils as part of a well-rounded health program can actually help your pets thrive and live the best possible life.

You love your furry family members—and so do we! From essential oils for pets to shampoo, give your four-legged friends products designed especially for them. Young Living has an entire collection formulated specifically for your pets + a portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.

Before we dive in, we are required to share this disclaimer: If you are unsure about the appropriateness of using an essential oil, especially if your dog has a particular health condition then we would always recommend discussing it with your vet before starting to use the oil.  Any vet will have a good understanding of what and how the essential oils can be used. All essential oils and products referred to in this post are from Young Living essential oils. We do not condone or suggest using any other brand of essential oils with your dog(s) or other pet(s). If you use essential oils other than Young Living, do so at your own risk.

Essential Oils should NEVER be given orally to your dog and NEVER applied in their concentrated form directly to the skin.  This is extremely important.  Even a supposedly safe essential oil can be very dangerous when administered in either of these ways.

Again, always make sure that you start with a therapeutic grade oil and then it should be greatly diluted before use.  The essential oil is usually diluted with the addition of what is referred to as a carrier oil. The carrier oil dilutes the strength of the very potent essential oil and also acts as a way of ‘carrying’ the oil onto the skin or into the environment.

There are various different carrier oils and they all have different benefits and properties.  These include coconut oil and various other vegetable oils. Seeking advice from a Homeopathic Vet to understand which carrier oil and the dilution ratios of the essential oils is often a good option.

The dilution ratios will vary depending on the oil, the carrier and the dog’s weight.  It is often recommended starting with an even smaller amount than recommended just in case your dog could have an adverse reaction. Always check the suggested dosage amounts VERY carefully, be mindful of your dog’s weight and size and seek an expert opinion if in doubt.

Even once diluted never apply the mix to delicate areas like the eyes, ears, nose, mouth or around the genital region.

 

Here are our favorite ways to use oils with dogs:

  • Lavender can be used to help promote calmness and soothe discomfort .  When combined with peppermint oil, the process is said to be even quicker. It has an aroma that bugs hate, we have used Lavender to help relax and soothe when our pet is uptight due to its calming properties.  We have made a salve with coconut oil for minor ailments, and a spray using water to use to soothe. We also use Lavender in the diffuser when we leave the house to help promote calmness.
  • Purification has Citronella in it.  We use it to make a spray so that our pet can enjoy the outdoors, annoyance-free.  We make a spray using 1/2 water + 4-5 drops of Purification.  You can add a drop of Lavender, too. You can also add a drop or two on the pet collar. This is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary , Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Lavender, and Myrtle that smells great to humans, not so much to flying things.
  • Thieves is one of the greatest oils to support wellness.  This is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon , Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.
  • Peppermint has a cooling effect.  We add a drop of Young Living Peppermint Vitality to the water bowl to allow him to be comfortable.  It wouldn’t hurt to freshen breath either, right???
  • PanAway can be used when discomfort is experienced after overuse of the body.  We mix 1-2 drops of PanAway with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and we apply the mixture to the affected area. This is a blend of Wintergreen , Helichrysum, Clove  and Peppermint.
  • Frankincense has been used for thousands of years as a powerful oil.   It is said that Frankincense can be used to help support your well-being and normal cell health!
  • Lemon may help improve the appearance of dry skin.  Spraying your dog with Lemon might make them smell better!

7 out of the 10 oils listed above are included in The Everyday Oil Collection you will get when purchasing a premium starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils.  Click here for information on how to order your kit! Please message me with any questions you might have.

 

How to Dilute:

When applying Young Living essential oils to your dog, the oils should be diluted based on your dog’s weight:

Dogs 10 lbs and under, dilute essential oil with 75%+ carrier oil (or water if making a spray)
Dogs 11-25 lbs, dilute essential oil with 75% carrier oil (or water if making a spray)
Dogs 26-46 lbs, dilute essential oil with 50-75% carrier oil (or water if making a spray)
Dogs 46-75 lbs, dilute essential oil with 50% carrier oil (or water if making a spray)
Dogs 76-90 lbs, dilute essential oil with 25-50% carrier oil (or water if making a spray)
Dogs 91-150 lbs, dilute essential oil with 25% carrier oil (or water if making a spray)
Dogs > 150 pounds, dilute essential oil with 0-25% carrier oil (or water if making a spray)

*We use olive oil or fractionated coconut as a carrier oil.

 

Essential oils have many benefits for your pets. They can help with calming emotions, soothing muscles, easing digestion, and overall wellness of your four-legged family members. As with any new thing you introduce to your pet, begin slowly. Start with a small amount of a diffused or diluted essential oil and observe your pet’s behavior. Keep your diffusers in a safe place where your pet cannot knock it over.

 

Additional resources:

  1. The Truth about Essential Oils + Pets
  2. Essential Oils + Pets: Pros & Cons
  3. Young Living Animal Scents
  4. Animals + Oils: Do’s & Dont’s

 

We hope you found this post helpful! Be sure to check out our other animal blog posts + educational resources here!

Happy oiling, babe!