Essential oils for dogs
Did you know you can use essential oils for dogs?! These are my goofy pups. Both were rescued in some form and both are precious to us. Duke is the black lab on the right and he basically lives to chase balls and small animals. He sits, lays down and shakes and is a faithful friend to the kids. He’s also scared of storms and fireworks (as most dogs are) but will be ok if we are with him.
Prince, on the left, is stubborn and obedience is beneath him. Can’t you see that in his eyes? But he’s the only real guard dog of the two. He wont chase anything and you’re lucky if he feels like sitting when you tell him. I swear he rolls his eyes sometimes when I tell him to do things. I think he’s incredibly intelligent and insulted by the idea of bringing me back something just so I can throw it again. He too is a big chicken when it’s storming, there are fireworks or the neighbors are getting a new roof (eye roll).
Prince also has a unique “talent” …. he can climb any fence. Our last neighbors put up a 10ft fence to keep their dog from jumping and Prince could scale it like it was nothing. He started disappearing and we’d call him and see him hop several chainlink fences to come back. One day things started appearing on our back porch. Things like cushions from our neighbors chairs and then … a Nike shoe. About a week later the matching shoe showed up. He’s a nutcase! We have to have an invisible fence to keep him home, especially now that we live near horses, cows and farm dogs that could take him out if he goes adventuring in their pastures. But we love them both to pieces and because they are part of the family they get essential oils like everyone else!
Let dogs choose their essential oil
Did you know that animals like dogs and horses will use their sense of smell to choose plants to eat when they need them for medicinal purposes? I think that’s incredible! They are so intelligent and made to know what they need. So we can ask our animals what they want by offering them different oils to smell. Their sense of smell is so precise, you don’t even need to open the bottle!
A few months ago we noticed Duke acting very stiff and sometimes refusing to put weight on one of his back legs. We figured out he was having soreness issues in his hips from age and laying on the concrete. This is a video of me “asking” Duke which oils he wants..
In this video, I offer Duke White Fir, Marjoram and Lavender to soothe his hips. You will see him lick the air repeatedly which is part of their process of smelling. You’ll see him turn away when he doesn’t want an oil and lick the bottle then stand by me when he chooses one:
Isn’t that incredible?!
Prince isn’t a fan of most oils. Considering his personality, it’s not really that shocking. Some dogs just aren’t as open to essential oils as others (just like people). I still apply some Lavender or Serenity to him to calm him when he’s afraid, whether he wants it or not. Sometimes as parents we have to do what we know is best even if they don’t agree. But I do try to ask first and give him the option.
Safety tips for using essential oils for dogs:
- Always dilute the oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil.
- Consider size – dilute more for smaller dogs
- Puppies under 10 weeks of age should not use essential oils
- Avoid eyes, nose and genital areas
Favorite essential oils for dogs
- Cedarwood – calming, sleep, repels bugs
- Digestzen – healthy functioning digestive system
- Frankincense – calming, soothes skin, scar reduction, healthy brain, skin & cellular function
- Geranium – calming, soothes skin irritations
- Juniper Berry – healthy urinary tract function, healthy kidneys, healthy skin
- Lavender – seasonal issues, healthy ears, calming, soothes skin, bug bites
- Lemongrass – great for massage, repels bugs, healthy thyroid
- Marjoram – soothing for stressed muscles, joints and tendons, healthy blood pressure
- Peppermint – fresh breath, digestive support (bloating, gas, indigestion), cooling, repels bugs
- Roman Chamomile – calming for skin, mind and body
- Serenity blend – calming, reduces anxious feelings
- Terrashield blend – repels bugs
- Vetiver – calming, great for massage
Essential oils to use with caution with dogs:
- Melaleuca /Tea Tree
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*Please note that I am not qualified to give medical advice. If you need specific help with a pet who has a serious health issue you can schedule a consult with Dr Janet Roark, a veterinarian on our team here: Schedule a Consult
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