How to Use Essential Oils on Pets Like Dogs Cats Birds and more

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If you didn’t know, you could be using essential oils for your pets! Here’s how to use essential oils on pets like dogs, cats, birds and more! Looking for an honest and reputable essential oils brand? Click Here >>

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)! 

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

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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 On 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.

Not All Essential Oils May Be Safe For Your Pet! 

Please read the Essential Oils Not Safe for Pet further below.

How to Apply Essential Oils to Pets 


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. These are the essential oils I love at the moment!

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

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.

Essential Oils NOT Safe For Pets

  • Anise
  • Bitter Almond
  • Birch
  • Cinnamon
  • Cassia
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Goosefoot
  • Horseradish
  • 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.

Remember, please talk to your veterinarian before using essential oils on your pets. 

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