Tips for Using Essential Oils with Animals
Animals love essential oils and naturally gravitate towards their healing power!
Animals have a strong sense of smell and can be more sensitive to oils than humans — that’s why we need to start slowly and give our pets time to adjust to new aromas.
- Introduce oils by diluting heavily and use them in moderation.
- Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils.
- Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
- Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
- Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
- Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.
Animal Size Affects Essential Oil Usage
The amount of essential oils used depends on the size of the animal.
- For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a carrier, or diluting, oil)/
- For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
- For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
- If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself first and stay near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.
- You can also diffuse essential oils in the animal’s space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
Topical and Internal Use
Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.
- For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
- For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
- Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
- For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.
- Animal Scents™ Ointment can be used to seal and protect areas where essential oils have been applied topically.
Select Essential Oils Can be Administered Internally Too
- Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food.
- For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth.
Young Living Offers a Full Line of Animal-Specific Products
- Available in a collection and individually!
- Dental Pet Chews also available, which promote good digestion and oral health for pets!
- A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.