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Pets and Essential oils..... is it really safe?

How to know if you are benefiting your furbaby or hurting them....

General Safety Tips

Before I get into the lists of essential oils which are safe to use, I want you to understand some basic safety information:

  • dogs are more sensitive to essential oils than humans are. Essential oils should always be used diluted, even when just inhalingThis is important to remember, as we humans don't dilute when inhaling.
  • most issues that dogs have can be addressed with the inhalation of diluted essential oilsThere are a few issues which can be addressed with topical use, and they will be addressed below.
  • only use essential oils with your dogs when needed to address a concern – not to “prevent” a health issue. An example is to have them inhale a digestive essential oil after they eat, when they don't have any digestive issues. This is not recommended.
  • this is probably obvious to most of us, but it goes without saying: do not add essential oils to your dog's or cat's food or drinking water
  • avoid using essential oils with puppies under 10 weeks of age (use hydrosols instead.. get them from WHoleistic Healing as we distill our own!)

Is it safe to diffuse oils around my pets?

Dr. Richard Palmquist (A holistic Vet) has the following to say about essential oils and your dog:

“Oils have been shown to have many possible desirable effects such as reducing anxiety and inflammation, fighting oxidative processes, battling toxins and fighting infections by inhibiting bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Oil odors can also be used to affect mental states and memory. Modern doctors are looking for agents that will assist in management of resistant infections and cancer, and these natural products may well hold the key to several major advancements.”

Essential oils contain a host of biologically active and powerful compounds.

Used correctly, they are an indispensable part of integrative medical care.

However, they can cause undesirable and even dangerous side effects, and people using oils medically should seek specialized training (Please seek the training from a certified Aromatherapist for yours and your pet's safety)

As pet owners, we often worry about how the products we use in our homes impact the health and well-being of our pets.

Essential oils are natural but we may be worried that the wrong essential oil can trigger a negative reaction in our pets.

However, aromatherapy can be just as beneficial to our companion animals as it is for ourselves.

So if you are worried about using essential oils around your pets or are curious about the benefits of essential oils for your pets, here is a simple guide that can help answer your questions.

Remember.... that too much of anything can be dangerous...... to any living being!

SO...... although it is safe (as long as you know what you are doing) to use them......

Be Careful With These Essential Oils

Every pet is different and may have different reactions to different essential oils.

However, there are some essential oils that you may want to be careful using around your pets.

If you have cats, you also need to be wary about certain oils. Cats are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds because they interfere with their liver detoxification processes.

So if you have cats use extra caution around essentials oils like cinnamon, tea tree, thyme, birch, wintergreen, clove, and oregano.

There are also certain essential oils that should not be used for or around dogs including anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow. These essential oils can trigger a range of issues from allergies and skin sensitivities to interference in their natural body processes.

If you use any of these essential oils for your own health, make sure you also exercise caution around your pets. If you use a diffuser, keep them out of the room during the treatment period. If you wear these essential oils on pulse points throughout the day, be careful when petting your companion animals.

Essential Oils That Are Great For Pets

Though there are some essential oils that can cause your pets problems, there are plenty of essential oils that can be used to help them.

The best part is all of these essential oils have great benefits for you as well.

Here are some essential oils you can safely use around and for your pets:

  • Cedarwood: Helps repel pests and promote healthy skin and coat
  • Chamomile: Promotes relaxation and sleep and also support healthy digestion
  • Lavender: Relieves anxiety from separation or during long trips
  • Myrrh: Can help fight allergies and promote health skin and coat
  • Clary Sage: Calms nervousness and excitability
  • Geranium: Great for repelling pests and as a treatment for ear infections
  • Peppermint: Soothes the pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and repels pests
  • Carrot Seed: Supports healthy skin as a topical treatment for dryness
  • Ginger: Relieves pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and supports healthy digestion
  • Helichrysum: Used topically can help with pain relief and skin issues
  • Marjoram: Repels pests and helps treat skin infections and irritations

These are just some of the great essential oils that can be used. If you are interested in learning more, you can always talk to the Wholeistic Healer for suggestions for specific ailments.

Safe Use Of Essential Oils

Whether you decide to use aromatherapy for your companion animal or just yourself, it’s important you exercise the safe use of essential oils.

Pets have a stronger sense of smell than humans and smaller bodies, so the biggest mistake pet owners make is using too much essential oil. One of the best ways to avoid this mistake is by using a high quality aromatherapy diffuser that you can control the amount of oil emitted.

A high quality Essential oil Diffuser can diffuse the perfect amount of essential oil into the air so neither you nor your pets are overwhelmed.

Use High Quality Essential Oils

Another important aspect of using safe essential oils around pets is to use only high-quality therapeutic grade essential oils.

Other, lesser-quality essential oils are made with additives or are stretched with carrier oils that may trigger pet sensitivities.

They also may be a blend of oils that include other botanicals or absolutes that resemble the smell of the botanical but potentially contain solvents that could be unhealthy for you or your pets.

So make sure that you do your due diligence and get the best quality oils like our selection of organic, therapeutic grade essential oils (like the ones from Wholeistic Healing.. just saying.... we also carry Young Living.. Ask Becky for details)...

Many people worry about the impact of essential oils on their pets.

However, as long as you use the correct essential oils and avoid any of the oils that may trigger issues for your pets, they are perfectly safe.

Also make sure that you are exercising best practices when introducing essential oils into your home by using a quality diffuser and only therapeutic grade oils in a safe and prudent manner.

Finally, go slow and monitor your pets to see how they react. Since every pet is different, an essential oil that can benefit one might trigger a different response in another.

and if you are ever in doubt or question anything with your pets.... Consult Your Veterinarian

1. When it comes to animals and essential oils, we always recommend that pet owners consult with their veterinarian to get advice on the proper way to use them, particularly based on the individual pet's species, age, size and health history.

2. Research does show essential oils can be safe for dogs and cats and even very effective, but only when diluted heavily and/or used in the appropriate way, time, place and on a specific subject in the correct amount.
3. Using undiluted essential oil on animals is always a mistake. Unless diluted correctly, it’s not recommended for cats, and while it might be effective for dogs, never apply it directly to the animal.

PLEASE use discernment..... and I am always here to answer your Essential Oil questions as a Certified Master CLinical Aromatherapist... I am trained in many different types of Aromatherapy from all over the world (not just google educated or well versed in what I want to sell ya..... I truly want the highest and best for everyone!)

I love you all dearly and want your Aromatherapy and Essential oil use to enhance your life and the lives of your furbabies......... always!


~ Rebecca Jo

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