Best Essential Oils for Cats and Dogs
- Digestive System — Cardamom, Ginger, Fennel*
- Musculoskeletal System — Marjoram*, Copaiba, Frankincense
- Nervous System — Copaiba, Frankincense, Helichrysum
- Endocrine System — Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage
- Behavior, Focus and Training — Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba
Above we have listed the top three essential oils for supporting the various systems inside your pet's body. From digestion to behavior, essential oils can help your pet live a happier and healthier life. Not sure how to use essential oils safely on your pets? No problem! We'll tell you how below.
*Fennel — Do not use this essential oil if your pet is epileptic or has seizures, has a clotting or bleeding disorder, or is on an anti-diabetic drug.
*Marjoram — Do not use this essential oil if your pet has a clotting or bleeding disorder, or is on an anti-diabetic drug.
How to Use Essential Oils on Your Pets
You can diffuse any of the essential oils listed above or use them topically. When diffusing oils, add 2-3 drops to your diffuser. For topical use, mix 1 essential oil drop with a small amount of carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. Then, rub your hands together and apply to your pet's spine.
Here's a list of important things to remember:
- Let your pet smell and identify the essential oil they prefer. No need to remove the cap, your pets can still smell the essential oils.
- Pay close attention to your pet's behavior the first 20 minutes of diffusing a new essential oil. The point of this is to make sure the particular essential oil appears to help your pet feel better and does not cause any stress.
- Dilute essential oils for topical use. You can dilute essential oils using Fractionated Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, etc.
- Do NOT use oils on or near eyes, ears, nose, or genitals of your pet.
- Do NOT use oils topically if your pet is using a topical medication or dermal patch. This includes topical flea and tick preventatives.
Essential oils have various healing properties and they can help improve the life of your animals. The most important thing to do when using essential oils on your pets is to observe their behavior and let them show you how they feel. So start using essential oils safely on your pets and be sure to get the Essential Oils for Pets Guidebook for reference!
Important: Contact your veterinarian if your pet exhibits abnormal behaviors or has an illness.
Essential Oils for Pets Guidebook
All of the information in this article was pulled from our Essential Oils for Pets Guidebook by Janet Roark, DVM. For any further questions and concerns, you can reference the Essential Oils for Pets Guidebook.
This book covers the best essential oils for cats and dogs for various concerns, such as digestion, as well as several DIY essential oil recipes. Includes recipes for Flea and Tick Spray, Toothpaste, Muscle and Joint Rub and more! Check it out here.