Essential Oils & Pets

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Just look at that face! If you are a pet owner, you want the best for your pet. You want them to be healthy and happy just like the rest of your family. Essential oils, when safely used, can be beneficial to the whole family - even your fur babies.*

General Usage Tips

  • Always use essential oils thoughtfully and cautiously with your pets. I recommend consulting your veterinarian before using essential oils topically or internally with your pets. This is especially true if they have known medical conditions, are nursing or pregnant, or are using any kind of ointment, patch, or other medication.
  • If you plan to use a specific oil for a pet, introduce it into her environment by diffusing it or applying it to yourself first.
  • Use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. Because of doTERRA's high sourcing, production, and safety standards you can feel good about the quality of their oils.
  • If applying an essential oil topically to a pet, ALWAYS dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil.
  • The amount of oil you use should correspond to your pet's size. Small pet - 1 to 2 drops. Medium to large pet - 3-5 drops. Remember to dilute.
  • Apply to a small area and watch for any kind of adverse reaction for at least several hours. If you see such a reaction, do not apply again.
  • Before applying, consider if you are choosing a location that your pet may lick. If so, determine if the oil is safe for your pet to ingest. A pet's spine may be a good location if licking might be an issue.
  • Avoid eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and genitals when applying topically.

Essential Oils to Consider Using with Pets

  • Arborvitae - A natural insect repellent.
  • Frankincense - Soothes skin.*
  • Lavender - Naturally calms and soothes. May help reduce anxiety in some animals.*
  • Lemon - Can energize and uplift. Do not use topically or internally with cats.
  • Peppermint - Dilute and apply topically to dogs for a cooling soothing effect.*

According to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Janet Roark, (also known as the Essential Oil Vet) you should avoid topical and internal use of the following essential oils with your pets. (This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Remember it is always best to check with your own veterinarian before using any essential oils with your pets.)

Essential Oils to Avoid with Cats

Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Citrus Oils (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Tangerine), Clove, Fennel, Melaleuca, Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Wintergreen

Essential Oils to Avoid with Dogs

Melaleuca, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Oregano, Rosemary, and Thyme, Wintergreen

Have you used essential oils with you pets? If so, tell us about it in a comment. 

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THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.

 


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  • Pam Ronemus

    I have not used essential oils on my cats. I am just becoming aware they can be used on pets. That is awesome. They are family and should be able to get the same healthful treatment we get. Thank you DoTerra Essential Oils for thinking of our fur babies. I do have a question. Is there an EO or a mixture of EO’ s for fleas?


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