Essential Oils A to Z: Animal Care

If you are a pet owner, you undoubtedly are very fond of your pets and want to take care of them as best as you can. For our selves we most likely try to eat healthy and stay away from harmful products as much as possible, along with hopefully choosing smarter and healthier ways to treat illness or injuries. Of course we want the same for our loved pets.

Have you ever wondered why pets eat grass? Perhaps you understand this is their way of settling their stomachs. Animals enjoy plants and these plants have all the nutrients of essential oils, but in very small quantities. So if you think about this, you may come to the assumption that essential oils would be as good for our pets, as they are for us. You are absolutely correct. As long as you are using quality essential oils and understand how to administer them to your pets. Why? Because quality essential oils are very powerful and a little bit goes a LONG way.

You may also be aware of foot reflexology and how the bottoms of our feet are connected to our body.  Well our pet’s feet work somewhat the same way.

There is a wonderful brochure: Oils & Pets, by Dr. Mary Hess, which can be purchased through You will be able to see the foot chart for animals and what oils are recommended for various ailments.

Using Young Living Oils Safely with Pets

To gain a better understanding of how to use essential oils safely with pets let’s take a look at ‘how’ they are used with humans. Typically it is recommended that an adult begin slowly when starting to use essential oils, this means starting with 1-3 drops of a Young Living essential oil diluted with one teaspoon to one tablespoon of V-6 Massage oil (a carrier oil).

Keeping that in mind, you will need to consider the size of the animal. For instance, a three-pound dog will certainly need a much more diluted mixture – perhaps 1 drop of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of V-6. It is always best to start with a more diluted mixture and observe how the individual pet will respond, and never exceed 2 drops of Young Living essential oil unless advised by your veterinarian.

Allergies to:

  • Environmental-Weed killer, food with chemicals (Effaxaquin very BAD)
  • Apply lavender on the skin if itchy and on the pads of the feet.
  • Cleanse liver with Sulfurzyme, NingXia Red and Power Meal in food.


  • Dogs or cats; essential oils can be applied to tips of ears, also on top of head, naval, along with to the bottoms of their feet, petting and diffusing of essential oils.
  • Good oils for calming are:
  • Lavender, Peace and Calming,  RutaVaLa & or Valor.

Calm dog during bath:

  • Put a drop or two of Peace and Calming in the palm of your hands and brush onto the towel, which will be used for drying your pet. Let the pet smell your hands before starting the bath. If needed also add the blend of RutaVala and give your pet a good loving pet right before bathing.

Fear of thunderstorms or 4th of July noise:

  • Use a small amount of Release. followed by Lavender. First rub the oil between hands and let your pet smell it. Gently run hands over the ears, back and legs and with what is left over, rub on pads of feet.

Fleas on family dog allergic reaction causing hot spots:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons carrier oil with 4 to 8 drops of Helichrysum in a spray bottle. Spray the hot spot area twice a day.

May help to get rid of fleas:

  • Use any of the following essential oils and add to the rinse cycle when washing bedding:
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon-Put on collar
  • Purification
  • Eucalyptus
  • Add 2 to 5 drops of any of the above oils to an 8-ounce spray bottle filled with purified water and mist all over their body once a day.
  • Increase to 10 drops in the water after 2 weeks and use as an insect spray.

Hip Dysplasia

  • For arthritis, doing Raindrop Technique, using Sulfurzyme in food, Power Meal
  • For pain, PanAway in AM, Wintergreen in PM.

Hyperactive pets

  • Use Joy and Peace and Calming by putting 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand, massage onto the pads of their feet and give them a good petting.

Infected paw:

  • Soak paw in warm water with Epsom salts mixed with Thieves essential oil for; 10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
  • Then irrigate the wound with a syringe, using alternately Thieves and Melrose.
  • In addition to this, give capsule of Inner Defense (containing Thieves, Oregano, Thyme and Citronella)

Upset stomach and loose bowls:

  • Rub 1 to 2 drops each of Peppermint oil & Di-Gize oil into the palm of your hands then rub on pets tummy to ease discomfort.  For added benefit give an Inner Defense capsule.

Scratched corneas, or injury to eyes:

  • You can do 4 to 8 (up to 10) drops of lavender in 4 oz purified water, use as an eye spray in a glass spray bottle, shake up each time, spray around eyes. People with horrible problems from laser surgery have used this protocol successfully.

Kennel cough:

  • Apply peppermint to hands and pet animal from the neck down.

Ticks & Mites:

  • Purification, Peppermint or Palo Santo. Put on damp rag, and then put hot compress over area of concern.

Washing and cleaning wounds:

  • Purification blend is more effective than iodine or hydrogen peroxide.


  • Use Di-Gize by dropping 1 to 4 drops on their back (Sheppard size dog)

Treat our pets with love:

  • Our pets should be drinking purified water. Chlorinated water will suppress thyroid and immune functions
  • Organic food is best, and avoid anything with bovine by-products.

Animal Scents Shampoo

  • Insect repelling and killing properties and designed to rid hair of insects.

Animal Scents Ointment

  • To seal and disinfect open wounds.  First apply lavender oil and seal with Animal Scents Ointment.

When you use oils on animals, use one brand only, and that’s Young Living. It’s the only brand that has stability, and it has the chemotypes in perfect balance so you don’t cause harm. Young Living oils are wild crafted, which is superior to “organic”. Wild crafted oils are grown in soil that’s never had a chemical used on it. With organic crops, round-up can still be used on the soil, so your plant can still have been exposed to toxic chemicals.

Always work with your vets – if you have something serious going, get a proper diagnosis. Tell your vet that you are choosing to work holistically – ask them if they will work with you and do the proper tests. When vets are afraid of something, they just don’t do it. So you will have to handle/educate your vet.

Animal General Guidelines:

DO NOT USE: Melaleuca or Idaho Tansy, as they can be toxic to pets.

When applying oils:

  • Apply to the feet first and mix with carrier oil, such as olive oil, using 1-3 drops of essential oil to 1/8-teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.

Caution – NEVER put essential oils inside of the ears or near the eyes of animals or people. If you do get them in the eyes quickly administer to the eye a vegetable oil. If essential oil gets in the ear, try a cotton ball or q-tip to soak up the essential oil.

Consulting with a veterinarian is a good policy before applying oils to cats for the first time. Cats metabolize things differently from dogs and other animals. Cats generally have an adverse reaction to citrus products. (From the Essential Oil Desk Reference 4th Edition)

Good luck to you all in your quest to do the best for your wonderful, devoted pets.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Article contributed by Jonell.

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