Essential Oils for Dogs: Do’s & Don’ts

There’s been lots of talk about essential oils lately. Some people think that essential oils have been found to naturally heal the body and mind, specifically for humans. But did you know that essential oils have the potential to heal dogs as well? I didn’t believe it at first, but I started doing research and looking into oils that are not only safe for me, but safe for my dogs too!

Here are some oils that are safe for dogs:

  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Vetiver

If you’re thinking about using essential oils for your dog, read these do’s and don’ts before getting started:

  • DONT start putting essential oils directly on your dog. This can be very dangerous.
  • DO start by diluting an oil first and applying it to your wrists. Allow your dog to sniff and be around you, and monitor his reaction towards the oil.
  • DONT force essential oils onto your dog if they seem to not like them.
  • DO familiarize yourself with your dog’s current health health issues and behaviors.
  • DO purchase therapeutic grade, 100% pure essential oils. Check the ingredients! There should be no fillers added!

You can dilute your essential oil by putting 1 drop into 5 ml of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Rub it into your hands or wrists and see how your dog reacts around you. You can also put your oil into a diffuser and let your dog roam freely as it is diffused into the air. Do not lock your dog in their crate as they will need an escape route if they do not enjoy the oil.

Essential oils can be a great way to help your dog cope with separation anxiety, nervousness, shyness, and more! Be sure to do your research as each dog is different and will react to oils differently.

If you have any questions about essential oils feel free to ask us in the comments!