You may find yourself wondering if your pet could also benefit from essential oils. We’re all trying our best to stay healthy and happy, and essential oils are a great tool for that. But we don’t always know exactly what is safe for our furry friends, and which essential oils may be potentially harmful for them. Whether your little friend struggles with anxiety, digestion issues, or fleas, essential oils could be the safe, natural solution to your pet’s problems. Here’s some essential oils for pets!
Here’s a list of pets who shouldn’t use essential oils, according to the NAHA:
- Cats/Felines (due to their highly sensitive metabolic systems, cats and essential oils do not mix)
- Fish and reptiles (due to their pH levels and aquatic environments)
- Birds (due to their respiratory and metabolic systems)
- Pet rodents and small mammals (gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, rats etc.) (There is not enough research on this topic, other than actual animal-testing and research results gained for knowledge use with humans).
- Essential oils can sometimes be safe for cats, if used in very minute amounts, and in the presence of a health professional, and only in extreme cases. Our feline friends are highly sensitive, and can’t process these chemicals like we can!
- Dogs, horses, and other barn animals are generally safe to use essential oils. Be sure to research what is safe for whatever critter you have, and what essential oils for pets are safe.
10 essential oils for pets:
Lavender essential oil is great for pets to use for anxiety, skin irritation, long car rides.
Ginger essential oil can help pets with digestion issues.
Rose essential oil can be used for pets who struggle with separation anxiety.
4. Sweet orange
Sweet orange essential oil has many benefits for pets including flea repellent, mood enhancer, and allergies.
5. Valerian Root
Valerian root essential oil can be used for sensitive, angry, or shy animals.
Cardamom essential oil is great for pets that experience nausea or lack of appetite.
Frankincense essential oil can help pets who need an immune system boost.
Fennel essential oil can be used on pets that suffer from pituitary gland and thyroid issues.
Geranium essential oil not only smells amazing, but can be safely used on pets as a tick repellent or for ear infections.
Sandalwood essential oil can aid pets who have eye or urinary infections.
How to Use Essential Oils for Pets
The absolute safest way to administer essential oils for your pets is a diffuser. Some oils are safe for them to eat in very small amounts, but be sure to check with a vet first. Certain oils are safe (with a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil) to apply directly to your pets skin, in cases of skin irritation or infection. Refer to the ratios below for essential oils for pets.
Carrier to Essential Oil ratio:
- Large animal (ex: horse): 1:1
- Large dog: 3:1
- Medium dog: 4:1
- Small dog: 9:1
If done responsibly and with intention, these essential oils for pets can be a wonderful way to improve the quality of life for your little friend. I know in my experience, my dogs have blissfully sat through long car rides and given me no problems at the vet, after breaking out the lavender essential oil. It’s really amazing watching the oils take effect and suddenly make your life so much easier. And adding coconut to my Border collie’s food made her fur so soft and lucious! Essential oils for pets are a great alternative to the medicines we give our pets. If you are someone who prefers to know exactly what is in your body and your pets body, essential oils and other natural medicines are for you.
Here’s a list of essential oils that are UNSAFE for pets, according to Pet Health Pharmacy:
- Nutmeg, Clove, and Cinnamon oils
- Tea tree
- Lemon (limonene), and Orange oils
- Wintergreen and Peppermint oils
- Pine oil
- Sweet Birch
- Ylang Ylang
Signs that your pet needs medical care, according to Pet Health Pharmacy:
gagging, vomiting, drooling, difficulty breathing, itching or rash, and changes in behavior (depression, stumbling, tremors, etc.)
It’s very important to keep a close eye on your pet after administering any medicine. Observe their behavior, and watch out for the warning signs. Be in contact with your vet if there are any health concerns. We all want the best for our furry little friends, and choosing essential oils for your pet is a great decision, but make sure it’s the right one.
Be sure to do your research, and take your pet to the vet if there are any of the above symptoms. I hope this helped, and may all be healthy and happy with you and your furry friend!