How to Use Essential Oils for Pets

If you didn’t know you could be using essential oils for your pets! They can reap the amazing benefits from essential oils just like you! Just make sure to read below to find out how to use essential oils for your pets properly (not all essential oils are safe for your furbaby)! I have created a list below to help guide you with starting to use oils on your pets. I did also include some essential oils that are not pet-friendly. 

how to use essential oils for pets

When you use essential oils you do have to be aware. Some essential oils can be toxic to pets, just like young children. After reading what essential oils are safe you will see how to apply them topically or diffusing. I also shared some essential oils, and the benefits they will have for your pet if you choose to use them! 

How to Use Essential Oils for Pets

Home Remedies for Dogs Using Essential Oils 

Also, I always make note to talk to your vet before using essential oils. It is better to play it safe. 

Most of the time you would use essential oils to help your pet with flea control, arthritis, scars, skin issues, strains, bruises, and so on. One thing you need to do is make sure to dilute the essential oils heavily.   General rule is for every 1 drop of essential oil, dilute with the diluting agent for 5-7 drops. If you don’t dilute well enough, it can be to harsh for your pet. Especially if your pet is smaller,  I would even dilute it a bit more, to play it safe. 

How to Apply Essential Oils to Pet 


If you decide to go the topical route, you can apply to your pets paws. Or if you are applying it to hoofed animals, they recommend the spine or flanks. Just rub the diluted oil in your hands and then stroke the animals fur or paws. 

Diffusing Style 

You can either diffuse oil for pets that are indoors or applying the diluted oils in your hand and allowing your pet to sniff it. Another great way is to wear pet friendly oils around your pet. That way they can smell it on you.  If your pet has a favorite toy or blanket, you could even apply that route, and when they are by that item they will smell it. Also great to use on your pet’s collar! 

Ways to Use Essential Oils 

You can choose to diffuse, or apply topically with these. Once great option is to even add some to your pets blanket or a toy or even collar. That way they can smell the aroma and receive the benefits. Again just make sure if you apply to their fur that it is diluted well, so it won’t hurt them. 

Cardamom: This is a diuretic, helps with nausea and heartburn, normalizes appetite and aids in colic. 

Lavender: Great for helping reduce any allergies, ulcers, burns, anxiety, car sickness and more. 

Spearmint: If your pet is struggling with weight, try spearmint. It is also great for diarrhea, nausea, gallbladder, and other gastrointestinal issues. 

Frankincense: This has been known to help with the immune system! It can increase blood supply to the brain, reduce tumors and even external ulcers. 

Fennel: Great for helping get rid of toxins and fluid in tissue, balances pituitary and thyroid glands. 

Lemongrass: Used often to help control flea and ticks. It can help repel them, and has a nice citrus scent.

Helichrysum: This is an anti-bacterial, and helps reduce bleeding in an accident, and is great for cardiac disease.  

Ylang Ylang: Great for helping calm your pet, if they struggle with anxiety or behavior issues. This is similar to using lavender oil for your pet. Great to apply to your pets color, a toy or even a blanket in stressful situations. 

Spruce: This is great for helping heal skin irritation that can ease itching, allergies and infections. 

Essential Oils that May Not Be Safe For Your Pet

Note that you may see an essential oil that says is safe to be used one way but not another, all depends on application. Many can be used topically but not internally. 

  • Anise
  • Bitter Almond
  • Birch
  • Cinnamon
  • Cassia
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Goosefoot
  • Horshradish
  • Juniper
  • Mustard
  • Oregano
  • Hyssop
  • Red and white thyme
  • Sassafras
  • Rue
  • Tea tree
  • Tansy
  • Terebinth
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow

Toxic Essential Oils to Cats

Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Thyme, Birch, And any other oil that has phenol in it.  Cats are especially sensitive to essential oils. 

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