Everybody loves pets and some of us see our dogs as a member of our family. Because I want my dog to have wellness and quality of life, I want him to experience the wonders of essential oils. I have taken advice from Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM. She is a holistic vet located in Las Vegas, NV, and uses essential oils in her practice. Is hard to know which essential oils are safe for dogs, and with her advice, I hope you can also have the assurance of using EO with our pets.
Which essential oils are safe for dogs?
Based on what she told me, I want to suggest to you 7 Essential oils for the wellness of your dog, based on more than 20 she recommended.
TIP: For dogs, the recommendation is 1 drop essential oil to 10 drops base/carrier oil and for cats, rabbits, and ferrets, 1 drop essential oil to 25 drops of base/carrier oil.Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM.
The best base or carrier oil is organic cold-pressed olive oil, grapeseed oil or fractionated coconut oil. Avoid nut oils if your pet is allergic to nuts. Oil and water do not mix; water causes the oil to irritate your pet’s skin. Always dilute the oil with a base carrier oil. If any essential oil gets into your pet’s eyes rinse with carrier oil, never water. You can find a variety of carriers oils here >
1. Balsam Fir (buy here):
The essential oil Balsam fir is anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant (stops blood from clotting) and acts like cortisone. It is used for respiratory issues and pain. For breathing issues rub on the chest. For pain issues, rub on the source. I diffuse it in my kennel if I see or hear any signs of colds or coughing. You can combine 2-3 essential oils together and diffuse them to get the desired results.
2. Eucalyptus (get it here)
Eucalyptus can be used as a smelling salt and aids in opening up the lungs when an upper respiratory infection is present. Its medical properties are antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory. As a smelling salt, the bottle is held briefly under the nose. For breathing issues, rub on the chest. I use eucalyptus on my dogs’ cloth collars and it works like a bug repellant. I spray eucalyptus on my baseball cap while fishing and the bugs leave me alone.
3. Frankincense (buy it here)
Frankincense can cross the blood/brain barrier and aid in increasing oxygen to the brain. Frankincense is used for infections and tumors, dissolves lumps & bumps. Frankincense is antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory. It can be applied topically, diffused, or simply inhaled. I have applied frankincense to lumps on my pets and the size of the lump decreases quickly.
4. Helichrysum (get it here)
Helichrysum is great for bruising or bleeding. I use it for when dewclaws are removed or tail docking. It speeds up the healing process. This essential oil is not diluted but rubbed directly on the bare belly, be sure to avoid the sexual organs. Apply 1 drop per 1 inch of bare belly up the center of the pet’s belly. Helichrysum medical properties are anticoagulant, anesthetic, antispasmodic, antiviral, liver detoxifier; chelates chemicals and toxins plus regenerate nerves. Choose Helichrysum if rat poison is suspected. This will help control internal bleeding while you are traveling to your vet.
Lavender is the universal essential oil and can be used for just about anything. This essential oil is applied neat (not diluted). Lavender is great to heal burns including sunburns. Lavender has great calming effects. Here is a recipe that can be misted into the air: add 2 drops to 1 oz. of steamed distilled water put into a spray bottle, shake before each use. Its medical properties are antiseptic, antifungal, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, reduce blood fat/cholesterol, and combats excess sebum on the skin. I use lavender to clear tear staining on my puppies while they are teething. Apply only once per day put one drop to your finger and rub it across the nose and under the eyes (avoid the eyes). I like to use it at night since lavender has calming properties.
6. Peppermint (get it here)
Peppermint is wonderful for treating diarrhea and vomiting. Be sure to dilute with the base/carrier oil formula. Peppermint medical properties are anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, and a pain-reliever and helps curbs appetite. I use peppermint diluted and rub on the gums or belly to stop diarrhea.
7. Pine (get it here)
Pine works for respiratory issues and works even better when mixed with eucalyptus. This is a great combination to diffuse during the winter months and smells great. Or it can be rubbed on the chest between the front legs. Pine’s medical properties are hormone-like, antidiabetic, cortisone-like, antiseptic and lymphatic stimulant.
Essential Oil Blends Tips:
Essential oil blends are a combination of several essential oils having a broader spectrum of beneficial medical properties.
Blend 1: A blend of frankincense with lavender and balsam fir essential oils aids the immune system and is used for open wounds (dog/cat fight). It is applied to the chest and between the shoulder blades on the back.
Blend 2: A blend that includes spearmint, celery, and helichrysum (diluted in a 1:1 ratio with carrier oil) should be used if your pet gets into anything toxic like fertilizer. Rub on the liver. The liver is located just below the ribs on the right-hand side.
Blend 3: A blend of ginger, anise, peppermint, lemongrass, and juniper helps alleviate diarrhea and vomiting. Apply the oil to the bare belly and rubs it in a clockwise motion, the way the colon moves.
Blend 4: Another good blend is rosemary and naouli essential oils for chronic infections like abscesses (wounds) that are difficult to heal.
- Use only 100% organic/natural essential oils around dogs, like the ones I’ve curated and recommended in the internal links. Cheap or unknown brand Oils can contain contaminants or adulterants which aren’t part of the essential oils and may not be safe for dogs.
- Although essential oils are safe for dogs to smell, we have to remember our dog’s brain has evolved around its olfactory system and it’s 1000 times stronger than humans. Always be observant of how your dog reacts or behaves when diffusing essential oils around, and provide them with a scape route or with enough ventilation. Believe me, he/she will let you know if the aroma is not comfortable.
- Most essential oils should be diluted with a base or carrier oil before applying to your pet. Avoid “hot” Essential oils such as cinnamon, clove, thyme, etc. Also, If you want to try essential oils through ingesting, please consult your nearest holistic veterinarian before, because some of the essential oils could do more harm than good. Tiny amounts of essential oils can have powerful effects on the body.
- Also applying essential oils to their paws is not recommended by some health care professionals. Pets lick their feet and this could cause possible irritation as saliva is similar to water. Essential oils enter the skin quickly. Compounds like fertilizer, antifreeze, and other toxicants could be absorbed more quickly when essential oils are applied to their paws.
- Stay away from eyes and nose. If for some reason your dog eye gets in contact with essential oils rinse it with carrier oil first, before applying water.