Pet Care with Essential Oils

We all know that essential oils have incredible effects on humans, but we can’t overlook the benefits they bring to our animals. In many cases, pets are our best friends, so they deserve to be taken care of in the same way we take care of ourselves. We’ve done some research so that you can know how to appropriately use oils on your pets without putting them in danger.

Guidelines of Essential Oil Pet Care:

  • Animals absorb essential oils much faster than humans, so you should never use more than 1–2 drops of oil at a time.
  • Dilute your essential oils heavily with a carrier oil. Typically a 1:4 dilution (1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil) is a safe option while you are learning more about appropriate and safe use.
  • Never use melaleuca on cats, and consult a veterinarian before using this oil on dogs.
  • Keep oils away from your animal’s eyes, mouth, nose, or other sensitive areas, unless specifically directed.
  • Use all oils in moderation and with extreme caution, and observe how the animal responds before continuing. If your pet gets uncomfortable, stop immediately.
  • Do not use citrus oils on cats.
  • Avoid using essential oils on puppies, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian.
  • Pay attention to how your pet reacts when you diffuse essential oils. Even though you are not directly applying the oils to your pets, the very aroma of oils could be too much for your pet. Consider diffusing smaller amounts of oils when your pets are around.
  • Don’t use essential oils too often on your pets. Continual use of essential oils on or around pets can cause toxicity, so it’s important to free your home of essential oils for a couple days at a time to give your pets a break.

The information listed here is just scratching the surface. There is a whole world of information out there for using essential oils safely on your pets. Lucky for you, we have gathered a wide range of materials to help you learn more about proper animal care and essential oils! We carry tear pads, books, recipes, and reference cards that contain more specific research on different animals. Click here to view these materials so that you can research for yourself and find out what works best for your pets.

Every animal is different, so it really is up to you as the owner to make educated decisions about how to use oils with your pets—after all, you know them better than anyone else. A general rule of thumb is to be very careful when applying oils. Start with small doses and an extremely high dilution, and work from there.

Here at AromaTools, we like to take care of you and your pets. Have you seen our cute dog collar and diffuser pendant? This lavender-colored, nylon dog collar sports a running motif of paws, bones, and essential oil vials—a fun way to share your love of oils through your pet! The collar is available in adjustable small, medium, and large sizes. A loop on the collar makes it easy to attach our matching dog leash and diffuser pendant. Using aromatherapy with your pet has never been easier! The durable pendant ventilates through its paw-print cutout, providing continual therapeutic benefits. The locket comes with 6 colorful, reusable scent pads—you can change aromas and the background color of the design.

We have also come up with a few other blog posts to help you and your furry friends! Give our Essential Oil Pet Shampoo a try; there’s nothing like cleaning your pet without harsh chemicals. Or you can try out this recipe to make a Homemade Flea Collar using essential oils. Give these recipes a click and try them out!

Diffuser blends can be a great way to expose your pets to essential oils, but remember to follow the guidelines stated above. Here are a few pet-friendly diffuser blends that we have made to help your pets relax. Diffuse these blends in a well-ventilated space with a way for your pets to leave the room if their senses get overwhelmed. Let us know what you think after you try these blends out!

We have written multiple blog posts on this topic that you may be interested in reading. Click on some of the following posts to learn more specifically about what you can do to further enhance your use of essential oils with pets.

We are still learning about using oils with our pets, just like you are, so we’d love to hear about your experiences and what you’ve learned! Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. See Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information about using essential oils on animals.

Pet Shampoo with Essential Oils

As we work harder to clean up our lives and free ourselves of chemicals, we can’t forget about our pets! We’ve created this pet shampoo so that you can clean your pets naturally. You’ll love the smell and the knowledge that you can keep your pets clean without using any harsh chemicals!

Pet Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the 8 oz. bottle, and shake thoroughly.
  2. Wash down your pet’s coat with warm water.
  3. Pour some shampoo into your hands, and scrub down your pet, making sure to keep the soap away from the eyes.
  4. Rinse your pet thoroughly to remove all traces of shampoo.

Pet Odor Spray

Keep your house smelling fresh and free of pet odors with an all-natural spray! This nontoxic spray will take care of odors without hurting your pet.

Pet Odor Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 10–15 drops of essential oil such as lemon, lavender, orange, or eucalyptus

Instructions:

  1. Pour ingredients into an 8 oz. glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake before each use. Spray in areas of your home that are overrun by pet odors.

 

Calm Pets Diffuser Blend

Sometimes our pets get a little too energetic and need help calming down. Here’s a good diffuser blend that you can use during these crazy moments. You may also find it effective to use if your pet experiences separation anxiety or is prone to nervousness.

SpOIL Your Pet with Essential Oils

Our pets are important to us, and we want to give them the same care and treatment that we give all the other members of our family.  Although essential oils should be used with caution and understanding, they can benefit the health of our pets and improve their quality of life.

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We recently added a new book to our product line called SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats. This book gives essential oil recommendations for more than 50 common ailments and conditions. Each section contains a description of the ailment or condition and easy directions on how to best use essential oils for that condition. SpOil Your Pet is such a great resource for any cat or dog owner. The directions for using essential oils are color coded and break down treatments for cats or dogs. There are so many helpful recipes in this book to use in caring for your pet’s health. For example, if you want to help your cat or dog repel fleas, SpOil Your Pet lists the following recipe* for a homemade, all-natural flea collar.

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Homemade Flea Collar

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. distilled water
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops Insect Repellent Blend
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 nylon dog or cat collar

Instructions:

Mix together the distilled water, eucalyptus essential oil, Insect Repellent Blend, and lemongrass essential oil.
Soak the nylon collar in the solution for 20 minutes, and allow the collar to dry thoroughly before placing it on your pet.
Re-soak the collar every two weeks or more frequently as needed.

SpOil Your Pet

SpOil Your Pet was written by Jan C. Jeremias, a trained clinical research scientist, yoga instructor, and reflexologist with over 10 years of experience using essential oils with animals, and Mia K. Frezzo, DVM, a veterinarian with over 15 years of experience in small animal medicine.

Right now we are giving away on Facebook a signed copy of SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats. To enter to win this book, visit our AromaTools™ Facebook page, and follow the instructions on the post there.

We hope you enjoy spOiling your pet!

*This recipe is copyrighted and has been used with permission from the authors.

See Modern Essentials: Essential Oils for Animal Care

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The information on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injury. Seek professional medical attention if your animal appears to have any disease, illness, or injury.

How Much Oil to Use and Dilution Recommendations

One to two drops of essential oil are all that is necessary for animals, as animals respond much more quickly to essential oils than do humans. Vegetable oil or fractionated coconut oil can be added to extend essential oils over larger areas and to heavily dilute the essential oil for use on smaller animals, especially cats. For more information on dilution, see Modern Essentials.

List of Conditions and Oils Often Used

(The following information has been compiled from the book Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, pp. 199-200.)

Bleeding: Helichrysum, geranium.

Bones (Pain): Wintergreen, Soothing Blend, lemongrass.

Calming: Calming Blend, lavender, Invigorating Blend. Dilute well for cats.

Cancer (Skin): Sandalwood, frankincense.

Cats: According to Valerie Worwood, you can treat a cat like you would a child. Dilute oils heavily with carrier oil. Avoid melaleuca (also known as tea tree), as it has been known to cause death in cats.

Colds and Coughs: Eucalyptus, melaleuca (not for cats). Apply on fur or stomach. Continue reading