Essential Oils for Dogs

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Essential Oils:  Calming Your Dog the Natural Way

Essential oils have many health and behavioral benefits for both dogs and people when using pure, high quality oils.  Many oils can be used for calming and can be quite helpful for dogs suffering from various types of anxiety, fearful behavior or even just extreme excitability…especially when combined with a good dog training program.

Be careful, many essential oil sellers are not selling pure oils which can be harmful to people and pets.  I use Young Living Essential Oils for myself and my dog because of their high quality and pureness.  In my research, I found that most other oils out there do not compare to Young Living’s standards and can be harmful to you and your pets.

Make sure you are using essential oils that are safe for your pets.  Do NOT use high phenol oils such as Oregano, Clove, Wintergreen, and Thyme to name a few.  Citrus oils such as orange, grapefruit, lemon, etc. can also be harmful to some animals, especially cats.

There are many essential oils that are safe for animals.  T-Away is an essential oil blend specially formulated by Young Living for pets.  Some of their other oils that can also be used for calming your dog are Lavender, Stress Away, Valor, Frankincense, Peace and Calming, and Peace and Calming II.

Before using essential oils with your dog:

Some oils can be taken orally, some applied topically, and others diffused.  Some essential oils also need to be diluted, so be sure to follow instructions carefully.

Prior to application, dilute essential oil with a carrier oil such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex.  Dilute at least 75 percent for medium to large dogs and 90 percent for small dogs.  Therefore, for small dogs you should use 5 drops of diluting agent for every one drop of essential oil.

Wear or diffuse the oil (according to product label) near your dog to acclimate him before applying directly to your dog.  For example, I applied a drop of the T-Away to a felt pad inside my essential oil necklace and wore around my dog to acclimate her before applying the oil directly to her.

Observe how your dog responds and adjust for each dog differently.  Do not apply oil to your dog if he is not acclimating and continuing to avoid the aroma such as avoiding you if you are wearing it or avoiding the room you are diffusing it in.   Do not diffuse the oil in a room your dog is confined to before confirming he does not mind it.

Application of Oils:

  • Apply 1-5 drops (depending on size of dog) of properly diluted oil to dog’s head directly behind ears. Start small and use in moderation.
  • Don’t use essential oils near mouth, nose, inside of ears, or other sensitive areas
  • Avoid using essential oils with puppies
  • Do not administer oils internally unless you have confirmed it is safe to do so with your dog’s veterinarian