Here's the question that comes up actually quite frequently: Can I use essential oils for dogs?
My hubby Jeff and I have always had a dog as a part of our family. Yes, as all dog owners know these cute canines are definitely a part of the family! Actually the truth be told… they rule the family!
When it comes to using essential oils for dogs there are a couple of key points to definitely keep in mind:
- Be Mindful Of Sensitivity:
As you know, animals senses are much more advanced than us humans. What this simply means is that you must heavily dilute any essential oil you're considering using on your dog and then use in moderation. Yes, even dilute the oil initially when diffusing around your dog. Highly concentrated substances are hardly ever intended to be used “as is” essential oils are no different. Use a carrier oil to properly dilute the essential oil.
- There's no set formula here since every dog is different. When it comes to using essential oils for for dogs, less is more. Use common sense and conservative judgement. Be watchful and note how your dog reacts
- Do not use any oil around or otherwise it to get into your dog's eyes.
- Oregano and Thyme should be off the list. These are high-phenol oils.
Size Does Matter:
- For smaller dogs, be sure to dilute to 80 to 90 percent before applying the essential oil to your smaller dog.
- For larger dogs dilution may be unnecessary, but again, start with a smaller amount a little at a time and see how your dog reacts.
Let Your Dog Get To Know The Essential Oil First:
A great way to test the waters with essential oils for dogs is to first just use and diffuse them around the house first and even on you. This lets your dog become accustom to the aroma of the oil and it becomes a part of their environment. You can even let your dog sniff around a completely closed bottle of the essential oil first to see if there is any kind of an initial reaction (negative or positive) to the oil.
If your dog seems somewhat uneasy around the oil, try applying a small amount to your body and then have the dog stay near you. Again, it's all about acclimation for your dog. Remember their sense of smell really intensifies the scent of the essential oil for your dog. Dogs (as all animals do) know what they instinctively need. In the wild they keep themselves by eating plants and ingesting minerals. Your dog will instinctively let you know what they think about the aroma of the oil.
If your dog indicates they aren't happy with or don't like the scent, never force it upon them.
Remember that the essential oils and the other products that Young Living offers are intended only for the use that is specifically listed on the label such as topical, aromatic, or dietary. Always refer to the label first before using.
6 Common Essential Oils For Dogs To Keep On Hand:
- Lavender – One of the most versatile essential oils. If you've lavender essential oil for yourself, you know that it has a calming effect. Dogs that have trouble with separation anxiety could benefit from the calming effect of the lavender essential oil.
- Lemongrass – Is an uplifting and clarifying scent. Clears mental confusion and aids in concentration Has antiviral and antiseptic properties.
- Cedarwood – Is also a calming agent and is great for a pest and flea repellent. Stimulates circulation and is good for stiffness, arthritis, and back pain. Good for the coat and skin conditioning.
- Peppermint – Good to promote fresh breath. Support for the digestive tract (gas, indigestion, bloating). Has a cooling effect and help repel bugs.
- Majoram – soothing for stressed or overworked muscles, joints and tendons. Also works as an anti-fungal and anti-septic agent for wounds and wound care.
- Frankincense – Can be used in many areas of your dog's care. Soothes skin, works for wound care and scar reduction. Promotes healthy brain and cellular function.
The even better news is…
Young Living offers a full line of animal care products that you can check out.