The truth about essential oils and pets.

Frankie is our new Petite Golden Labradoodle. We love him. I named him after Frankincense Essential Oil, yes you can absolutely use essential oils with pets. 

When we picked him out, our breeder announced essential oils are poisonous to dogs.

I politely stated ‘they aren’t when you’re using a brand you trust (doTERRA) and you have the right information.’

She asked for more info, so here is the truth about essential oils and pets.

Diffusing is easiest and simplest.

  • Use a water based diffuser
  • 4-5 drops of essential oils at a time
  • Open area with door left open
  • Diffuser in a place where your pet can’t knock it over

Oils can be used topically on your pets to help soothe, calm or support. We used to use diluted Zengest with our old chocolate lab Ruby whenever she would have a pancreatitis attack.

Apply oils topically any of these ways:

  • Along the spine
  • Hot or cold compress
  • Ear tipping
  • Directly on the area of interest (like belly for digestion)

Oils to avoid using topically with animals:

  • Tea Tree (use Geranium, Myrrh or Cedarwood)
  • Wintergreen or Birch (use Frankincense, Copaiba or Aromatouch)
  • Cassia (use On Guard, Oregano or Thyme)
  • Peppermint/Spearmint for cats (use Cardamon or Arbovitae)

I also found out you can use essential oils internally with pets.

  • Small animals 1 drop
  • Large animals 2 drops
  • Only use oils labeled for internal use
  • In cats topical means internal use

It comes down to common sense, so remember:

  • Dilute as needed
  • Work with your vet
  • No oils in ears, eyes, nose or sensitive areas
  • Caution around pregnant, nursing or young animals.

To ease Frankie’s transition into our home he is getting oils diffused (Arborvitae, Adaptiv, Serenity and Balance).

Topically I’m using Balance in the morning and Copaiba before bed. I do this by diluting one drop of essential oil with approximately a tablespoon or more of fractionated coconut oil, I rub it into my hands, let him smell my hands, then I stroke him along the full length of his spine. He loves it.

Are you using oils with your animals? I’d love to hear what’s working. 

Xox

Gen

ps. The oils I mention in this post:

  • Aromatic: Arborvitae, Serenity, Balance or Adaptiv a new blend specifically designed to help with stress.
  • Topically: Zengest, Balance & Copaiba (dilute with a carrier oil).

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