Animals and Essential Oils

Are Essential Oils Safe for the Well-Being of My Dog?

September 22, 2017

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If you are a dog lover, you’ve probably asked yourself “Are essential oils safe to use with my dog?” In this blog we share with you how you can incorporate essential oils into your dogs lives safely and effectively.

Please Be Careful and Mindful:


Essential oil for dogs- Ora Leaders


● Dogs are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.

● It’s a good idea to wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them and monitor how they react to the different oils.

● Dogs are very in tune to what they need, so let your pet sniff the oil before applying it. If they pull away, it pants, whines or rubs its face on the carpet, the oil you’re using probably isn’t a good fit for your animal.

● Start with very tiny amounts of essential oil, always dilute heavily and use in moderation. For example, for every 1 drop of oil use 5+ drops of a carrier oil. 


Essential oils for small dogs - Ora Leaders


● For dogs 15-30 lbs., dilution is 1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil (FCO) to 1 drop of essential oil.

● Dilute 1 drop of essential oil to 2 tbsp of FCO for dogs under 15 lbs.

● Heavily dilute essential oils (3tbps FCO to 1 drop EO) on young puppies (before 4 months old, under 15 lbs)

● Use with caution and heavily dilute for pregnant dogs, old, sick, dogs prone to seizures.

● Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the dog’s fur.

● For oiling wounds, the key for quickest healing is to remove all the hair from around the wound with clippers (no scissors) and keep them from licking it. (use a sock, t-shirt, shorts, bandage, or e-collar when necessary.)


Essential oils for dogs - Ora Leaders


● When oiling your pets, please make sure they are well hydrated. The oils are detoxifying and if they aren’t properly hydrated the toxins will just sit in their system with no way out. If they are acutely unwell, they may need IV fluids from your vet.

● Essential oils can be applied in various ways. Just like humans, some dogs may not like certain oils. If you find your dog turning away or avoiding you when you try to apply the oil, be very cautious in using it. If your dog gives you a strong NO response then do not continue. 

● Don’t apply near eyes, nose, genitals. If you do, dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or a similar carrier oil. DO NOT USE WATER.

● Putting oils around face, nose, and eyes is usually overwhelming for them. Most oils are better applied to the bottom of back paws between toe pads, the stomach and/or behind ears for certain applications.

● Always tell your veterinarian what natural products your pet is using and involve him or her in these decisions.

● Do not use the following essential oils on your dogs. These essential oils can trigger a range of issues from allergies and skin sensitivities to interference in their natural body processes.


Essential oils not safe for dogs - Ora Leaders


● Melaleuca oil on toy breeds. Dilute for larger breeds.

● Clove also goes to this list of not recommended oils, except diluted for post oral surgery pain.

● Oregano, Birch, Thyme, Juniper Berry or Wintergreen can be toxic to dogs too.


Safe oils to consider for your dogs:


Essential oils safe for dogs - Ora Leaders


  • Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure or diluted. Useful in conditioning dogs to a safe space. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness.
  • Cardamom: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes 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. This is also useful in cardiac disease.
  • Frankincense: Anti – Inflammatory and a great support for the immune system. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use caution).
  • Spearmint: Can be helpful in weight loss. Good for colic, diarrhoea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder. This oil is helpful for many gastrointestinal issues.


Make Sure It’s The Good Stuff

Always use the very best quality essential oils you can find. As a general rule of thumb, the more complex the fragrance the more aromatic compounds the oil will contain. You can literally smell the difference! We only recommend doTERRA essential oils, because we trust them.  TERRA’s oils are tested by batch and are so pure that you can use them with your animals. 


How To Use Essential Oils:



  • Diffuse
  • Apply to your hand and hold up the nose (never put directly on their nose)
  • Apply to a bandana, collar, bed or toys


  • Nape of the neck
  • Paws (between toes or pads)
  • Directly on affected area
  • Spine
  • Pinna (hairless portion of ear flap
  • Petting (apply 1 drop to hand and pet the cat down or up the back


  • In water bowl
  • On food
  • In capsule
  • Directly on gums or under the tongue (diluted)



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*These products have not been approved by the FDA or TGA and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. Please seek advice of a trained health care professional where appropriate, especially if pregnant or breastfeeding. The limited information found on this website is for informational purposes only. You should never rely solely on the information found here and if you have any health condition or illness always seek out the advice of a trained professional.



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