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What about Essential Oils for Pets

Have you ever used Essential Oils for your pets, I have? Over the years I gathered more and more experience consulting with our veterinarian there are a few important factors what you look out for when using essential oils for your pet or for your self.

Pure Essential Oils

DOTERRA Oils one of the best and purest oils on the market.

When talking about essential oils, we should first define what an essential Oil in the first place is.
It is a bioavailable nutritive liquid. This Liquid is derived from flowers, plants, trees, roots, etc. through a unique distillation process.

When essential oils left in there purest, a non-diluted state with no synthetics added)it has a 100% kill factor on harmful viruses, bacteria, funguses, mould and tumours.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

We use essential oils for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications.  They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

Doterra Essential oils for different uses

Precaution should be taken into consideration when using essential oils.

When experimenting Essential Oils, you should have experience and know your source. Primarily when you use them for your Pet. Different Animals react differently to certain Essential Oils.

Please do your research on the oils and their purity. In my experience when working with oils a whole day, ( like filling and refilling bottles with different mixtures) through inhalation and working with them too long, it can cause an allergic reaction.

Happen to my friend her face started to swell and her tongue became swollen. I ask her to drink two glasses of milk to neutralise the effect, and after a half hour, the swelling went down.

So please be cautious when using oil specially for animals. The Essential Oils should be derived from certified organic plants and not grown with pesticides to have the full benefits and effects of the oil.

The process how the oil is manufactured is also an essential factor to know as if not done organically and adequately it can spoil the result.

DOTERRA Essential Oils are Therapeutic Grade, and you can use them internally, topically and inhaled as powerful immune system builders. I use them myself and yes they are expensive, but it is worse it. Those are quality oils not blended or stretched those a pure grade oils.

Most essential oils have been created with humans in mind, and many people using the essential oils for their pets or animals also. Even Caesar Milan is convinced that essential oils are a benefit for pets.

Lavender Essential Oil from DōTERRA and Serenity for  Dogs.

Video Ceasar Milan

Doterra Essential Oils are they safe for pets.

The answer is yes, but again and I can not say it often enough handle and use them on your pet with precaution in mind. Animals have a very sensitive smell and react differently to Essential oils than humans.

Essential oils should not be given to animals pure they should be diluted. If your pet or any animal do not like the smell and try to escape, do not force it and push the Essential Oil on your pet or animal.

Cats are particular at the scent, and one drop of oil should be diluted with 50 drops of neutral coconut, grapeseed or olive oil. ( The oil for dilution should be neutral means no smell)

The Metabolism of animals is functioning in a different way than that to us humans. A common mistakes people do is they do not understand the difference in animal species and their reaction to different essential oils.

In case you overdose your pet or animal the best thing go to your vet immediately. When diffusing oils in your home don’t overdo them as they can cause an allergic reaction in your pet, if your pet and yourself are sensitive to certain things.

Use your common sense and good judgement when you try different methods.

Lavender Essential Oil the number one Oil to be used for Pets

One of the most commonly used essential oils for animals is Lavender oil, and it is a beneficial oil but it has no antioxidant compounds, and it is prevalent that when it is stored for a while, the alcohol can oxidise and cause an allergic response in your pet.

Lavender Essential Oil can be used for calming down, having a restful sleep, soothing for inflammation or arthritis, it fights off infection, and it helps with wounds and cuts.

What are the benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

it is

#Healing for wounds
#Anti-itch for bugs and tick bites
#It is like a natural antihistamine
#Helps with pain

Lavender Essential oil is a gentle oil ( always dilute the essential oils) your dog will likely accept that you apply it to the wounds, aches, bites, and pains. You can also use a diffuser for healing and relaxations.

Essential Lavender oil still has to be diluted in a diffuser with water. (3 drops usually is enough, )

Doterra Essential Oils

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman chamomile one of the most common and widely used essential oils for pets.
The Roman Chamomile Essential oil is used for a wide range of problems
pain relief (analgesic)
relaxation (calms a stressed or restless dog)
treatment of cramps and other central nervous system issues (anti-spasmodic)
Roman chamomile essential oil is also a potent anti-oxidant, meaning it could be a good defence for your dog against cancer and other mutagenic diseases.

Pay Attention when using essential oils

Watch out that you do not get the essential oil into the eyes of the animal. Always dilute the essential oil with a Carrier Oil like coconut, olive, or grapeseed oil. Those carrier oils should be neutral in smell.

Oregano, cinnamon, melaleuca, clove, wintergreen, thyme and birch should not be used with animals especially cats. They do contain high polyphenolic compounds, and they are the so-called hot oils. Especially for Cats, those Essential Oils should not be used at all.

Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils. You should even know that some essential Oils can cause liver and kidney toxicity in sensitive animals. Cats, for example, use a different system in their liver to detoxify and are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain those Poly Phenolic compounds.

Do not put essential oils into the eardrums and nerves. Care is needed around eyes and mouth as well. Always wash your hands after handling essential oils to prevent accidentally getting them into the eyes of your pet. I usually use the essentials Oils not longer than two weeks than I usually give them a break from the oils.

Safe DoTerra Essential Oils for Dogs

Lavender: Is a calming oil and dogs experiencing separation anxiety may benefit from it. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness, to name a few.
Marjoram: Marjoram is anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial. It may alleviate diabetes or depression symptoms, nerve pain, and assist with liver problems.
Peppermint: Use peppermint topically or orally. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic.
Cardamom: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalises appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn and nausea.
Fennel: assists the adrenal cortex, helps break up toxins and fluid in tissue. Balances pituitary, thyroid and pineal glands.
Helichrysum: Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. Also useful in cardiac disease.
Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhoea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder. When diluted and used short term, this oil is helpful for many gastrointestinal issues in dogs and cats.

DoTerra Oils to avoid on Dogs

Essential oils no to use for dogs


Safe DoTerra Essential Oils for Cats

Please pay attention that cats are more sensitive to scent, do not use undiluted essential oils on cats. Always dilute them with a carrier oil. 

Cedarwood Essential Oil: Prevents infections, Relieves spasm, Acts as an Astringent, helps with diarrhoea, Calming and strengthening, a significant pest and flea repellent. Antiseptic, circulation-stimulating. Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types. Flea-repelling.
Frankincense Essential Oil: supposedly helped cases of cancer. Frankincense Essential Oil works wonders for the immune system. Reduces external ulcers and reduces tumours. It is also said that it increases blood supply to the brain ( use it with caution as it can worsen hypertension )
Geranium Essential Oil: Gentle and safe, antifungal. Excellent for skin irritations, fungal ear infections. Effective in repelling ticks.
Helichrysum Essential Oil: Anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. Also useful in cardiac disease.
Lavender Essential Oil: used for calming down, having a restful sleep, soothing for inflammation or arthritis, it fights off infection, and it helps with wounds and cuts.

essential oil for cats


Use essential oils in a safe way


If used in a proper and safe way essential oils can benefit both humans and animals.
When you use the essentials oils for our loved pets, please follow the instructions and get advice from your veterinarian.

Not every pet likes the smell of essential oils, if you see or feel your pet is not really fond of it, do not use the essential oils and force them onto your pet. Go it on slowly and dilute it even more slowly they get used to it and will accept it. Essential oils are safe to use for your pet but should also be used with caution. If you have used a dose too high for your pet, and your pet shows signs of intoxication please bring your pet immediately to your veterinarian.

Do not use essential oils without consulting your veterinarian. 

Have you used essential oils on your pets or your self? Did you like it or what was your impression? Most important did it help. Do you have Tips on what not to do or what works? Do you use Doterra Essential Oils? Love to hear from you share with us your experience. Thank you for commenting below.

All yours Melanie


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Mandy Allen April 22, 2018 14:34:48

My cat gets ticks often and I use lavender oil (diluted) to help sort them out and prevent a lot more. We live on a farm with sheep so there are loads of ticks around and he picks them up frequently. I used tea tree once on a dog with arthritis. It was really successful.

Enjoy the journey!

    Melanie April 27, 2018 22:32:52

    Hello Mandy
    Our pets also get ticks, we don’t live on a farm, but ticks are everywhere. Even humans can get ticks. There are so many diseases transferred from ticks to the animal. I also use lavender oil for different alignments. It is essential that we dilute the oils when we use them on our pets. Essential oils are great for pets and an easy solution for different treatments. One thing we should consider when using Essential oils that we use a good and pure one. Not the ones made from artificially created essence instead of the real oil. Doterra Aromatique oils are high-quality oils as we can also use them internally. Doterra essential oils
    I use a lot of oils and I love to put them into a diffuser. Said this to use a diffuser for aromatic oils around pets has to be used with caution.
    Thanks for stopping by
    Cheers Melanie

Becky Wright May 1, 2018 2:52:55

I use lavender oil and lavender shampoo on both my cats year round. They NEVER get fleas! I give them 4 to 6 baths a year using lavender baby shampoo as well as put a bit of diluted lavender between the shoulder blades when they will be going outside with me. One thing people never know is that you do not want to put it directly on the skin of a cat. You just rub it into the fur between the shoulder blades.

    Melanie May 6, 2018 20:28:57

    Dear Becky
    I don’t know about your cats but I can tell you my cats do not like to take a bath and when I give them a bath they do not make it easy. It is a big job for me to do that. I use aromatic lavender oil and put it between the shoulder blades. Essential oils should not be placed directly on to any animal you always have to dilute it with a carrier oil. Good and pure essential oil is strong and can harm your pet if not diluted. People forget that essential oils were made for humans, not for pets and when using for pets we need to dilute it. Even when you use them in a diffuser when you have pets, you should not overdo it. I have a friend, and when she prepares the mixtures of essential oils for her shop she has to wear a mask otherwise her tongue swells up, and she has problems breathing. It is potent pure essential oils. Thinking of pets who have a more sensitive smell than humans and will react faster to essential oils precautions have to be taken into consideration. I use this brush to clean and brush my cats it is excellent as it also gets rid of extra cat hairs.
    Have a beautiful day
    Cheers Melanie

Anita Ayela June 13, 2018 12:56:04

When I was a teenager I used to walk the dogs of my neighbors. I remember one dog which used to smell awesome. I once asked Mrs.Kristeen why her dog smells good and that’s when I got to know about essential oils. She used to use lavender oils for her dog.

    Melanie August 17, 2018 13:00:44

    Dear Anita
    Essential oils are great for dogs or any pet. We have to be cautious about essential oils as not all oils you can use for pets. Cats and dogs react differently to different oils. But when you know how to use them properly it is a great help for the pets.
    I use essential oils for our pets and I am grateful to have them.
    Cheers Melanie

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