Many people enjoy using essential oils on themselves and to replace products in their homes to ensure there are no issues with hidden toxic ingredients. But did you know they can also benefit your dog??
We thoroughly love how versatile these little oil bottles are! Even our dogs love them! They often lounge near the diffuser, and are right at our side when we open our oils case. But have you ever wondered exactly how you can use your oils on your dogs?
Most of the same oils you use on yourself, you can use on your dog…
But a few warnings to start off this post:
Please introduce essential oils to your dog slowly… they are much more sensitive than we are. Just as when we begin using essential oils, we think “less is more” – the same goes for your dogs! Less is more, little bits at a time, and with what they are comfortable with.
Size does matter, so please make sure you dilute more for smaller dogs. We have 2 dogs that weigh about 100 lbs. When I put oils together for them I tend to dilute about 2-5 drops per 5ml. For smaller dogs I recommend diluting more. Basically, I tend to treat dogs like children when it comes to safety and dilutions.
Dogs are much more sensitive than we are. It is ok to diffuse around them, but make sure they have access to leave the room if the aroma is too much. They will know when they’ve had enough and when they need more. Sometimes my dogs lounge next to the table our diffuser is on in the living room, sometimes they hang out on the opposite side of the room, and sometimes they leave the room… the important part is they are given a choice.
There are a few essential oils, you may want to avoid:
** Please note this is for using the oils individually. If you choose to use them as individual oils, please consult with a holistic veterinarian knowledgable in essential oils. At the minimum make sure you have and use a quality animal essential oils reference guide. Using some of these oils in blends may be ok because of the dilution rates.
Some of these oils are ok around dogs when highly diluted with other oils and carrier oils. The warning is more so for the oils by themselves. Please do your research before using any of the oils mentioned above.
Some dogs may excel with oil-infused supplements to boost their nutrition.
If your dog doesn’t have sensitivities to night shades, Ningxia Red is an excellent superfood that can provide whole-body support. We don’t give more than half and ounce a day. If your dog does have sensitivities to night shades, you may want to hold off. While studies have shown Ningxia Red’s wolf berries do not cause inflammation the way typical night shades do, I do stress caution until you know how your dog responds.
- Agilease is a supplement specifically to help with bones, joints, and movement.
- OmegaGize supports normal brain, eye, heart, joint, and immune functioning.
- Animal Reference Guide and talking with a holistic vet.
Most essential oils and blends can also be used on dogs!
I love how versatile those oils are! The same popular ones you can use on yourself that can conveniently be used on your dog too!
One thing about the brand of oils we use, Young Living, that I love is how dedicated they are to simplifying everything about using oils… including oils for pets. They actually have a personal care product line and collection of essential oils just for animals! Though, of course, they can be used on people too.
The AnimalScents essential oils are pre-diluted for larger animals. If you have a smaller dog or decide to use them on your cat, please further dilute them. Even with my dogs being 100 lbs, I still add a little more carrier oil to the oils I use on them.
DIY Recipes for Supporting Dogs
Using your oils, you can make an unlimited amount of different things to help support a healthy dog and home.
DEET and other bug sprays can be harmful to your health, and your dog’s health. Instead, there are a few essential oils that can make being outside not so annoying, especially with having citronella essential oil around! Here is one of our favorite outdoor sprays to help with annoying bugs:
Cleaning ears is so important! But have you stopped and looked at the ingredients at the products in most pet supply stores? Ingredients like DMDM Hydrantoin really cause concern putting it on our furry family members, especially when making ear wipes is so easy to do.
I don’t know about your house, but sometimes our dogs get into something or just end up with that doggie odor at the worst time possible for a bath (like post-neuter surgery… 10 mins before needing to get in the car… moments before a guest arrives… or during early months of my latest pregnancy when smells were just too much to handle)… we made some of this “doggie cologne” and it made life so much more enjoyable!
** quick tip… if your dog has short fur, you may want to add 1/4 cup witchazel with 3/4 cup water and shake before you spray, just in case some gets down by the skin. Both my dogs have long, double coats, so we aren’t as worried about that as long as the spray is kept away from their faces and bellies.
If you don’t have Purification or use a different brand, lemongrass by itself is a good replacement, just reduce the drops to 10.
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