Essential Oils for Pets

Whether you have man’s best friend, a pocket pet, or a feline companion, pets are a lovely part of our daily life. Naturally, we want to spoil them and give them some of our essential oils! This article covers many essential oils for dogs, cats, and rodents.

Before We Begin

Please remember to dilute your essential oils. Unlike us, our pets can’t process the strength of the essential oils. Throughout the post, I will tell you what the recommended dilution is for each pet.

Also please remember to use good quality products on your pets… not cheapies from a store. The cheap ones have toxins and chemicals that can harm you and your pet. For more information, you can read this post on how to find a quality essential oil.

Disclosure Statement

Please keep in mind that I am not a vet. I am speaking solely from experience with essential oils and hours upon hours of research. It is your responsibility to make sure your oils are safe for your pet.

Cats

These furballs bring so much joy into our lives (even when they’re shredding the sofa!). And we want to spoil them (plus they demand it). How do we plan to pamper them? Essential Oils! Of course, these little kings and queens of the household can be sensitive to many different oils.

Some Oils Cats Can Have:

Rosemary

Lemongrass

Frankincense

Spearmint

Helichrysum

Clary Sage

Myrrh

Some Oils Cats Can’t Have:

Peppermint

Pine

Chamomile

Birch

Clove

Tea Tree

Citrus Oils

Cinnamon

Thyme

Garlic

Wintergreen

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Dilution for Cats

The recommended dose is to use 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil) to one drop of essential oil. Please take caution when applying essential oils topically to cats. It is recommended not to apply more than once within a 24 hour period. (Source) Diffusing is really best for them.

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Dogs

These furry pals are often known as man’s best friend for their loyalty and companionship. And naturally (since they’re our best friend and all), we want to love and spoil them like a friend. Also, they have a better immune system than cats so they can have a bigger variety of essential oils.

Some Oils Dogs Can Have:

Rosemary

On Guard

Lavender

Frankincense

TerraShield

Breathe

DigestZen

Some Oils Dogs Can’t Have:

Peppermint

Pine

Tea Tree

Cinnamon

Thyme

Clove

Garlic

Birch

Wintergreen

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Dilution for Dogs

Because dogs vary in size, they will need different amounts of dilution. For puppies, it is best not to use oils on them because they’re still young and fragile like a baby. And for small dogs, the suggested ratio is 1 drop essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. For medium dogs, the recommendation is 2 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Finally, for large dogs, they don’t really need a carrier oil unless you’re using extremely strong oils which I don’t recommend. (Source) (Source)

Rodents

Rodents are tiny, fuzzy and hyper. They are very small, but there are a few essential oils that they can have. With our current hamster, we have tried all three essential oils. We have discovered that he loves them! His all-time favorite though is lavender.

Some Oils Rodents Can Have:

Lavender

On Guard

Frankincense

Some Oils Rodents Can’t Have:

Anything else

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Dilution

With our hamster, we have found that we don’t need to dilute, but every hamster is different. We typically put lavender, On Guard or frankincense on our hands and let him play in our hands for a few minutes. We also use a drop of lavender in the vinegar water when cleaning his cage.

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Next Steps

Are you ready to get started with the best quality oils for pets? Shop here!

Stay tuned because in two weeks we will have another post about essential oils and pets where we’ll be covering birds, horses, and reptiles. You may also like 12 Health Benefits From Cats and Dogs.

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