The more I use essential oils, the more I realize how versatile they are. I diffuse them to freshen the house, for skin care, daily health, and now we've started using essential oils on our dog.
Essential Oils for Pets
Animals are much more sensitive to essential oils and they react to them very quickly. Only small amounts are necessary - like people, the smaller the animal, the less oil and the more dilution is necessary. Cats especially need to have oils heavily diluted.
Also, care should be taken when applying oils to paws. For those beginning topical application with animals, it's better to mix the carrier oil and essential oil, rub it in your hands then smooth it along your pet's coat.
Avoid using "hot" oils like Oregano or Clove - especially on cats who can be very sensitive to strong oils.
Essential Oil Dilution for Animals
Depending on the size of the animal, more or less dilution is necessary. And, when you are just starting, dilute heavily and watch your pet for reactions.
- For small animals (cats, birds, and small dogs) - 1-3 drops diluted (5-10 drops carrier oil for every drop of essential oil)
- For larger animals (large dogs, goats, etc.) - 3-5 drops, diluted as needed
- For very large animals (horses) - 10 drops
These oils are the perfect ones to have on-hand for all your animal first aid needs.
Have you used essential oils with your pets?
Like you would for yourself or your family, it's important to use high-quality oils, start slowly, dilute heavily, and watch for any reactions.
For more details about using oils with pets, check out this book: Essential Oils & Pets.