EOs and Pets

Oh, those four legged family members.  We love them so very much and we want only the best for them.   Much like their human counterparts, our pets may need support for full body wellness.  Essential oils offer just the support our furry friends need.  Dr. Richard Palmquist, a well-respected Doctor of Veterinary Medicine stated, “Oils have been shown to have many possible desirable effects such as reducing anxiety and inflammation, fighting oxidative processes, battling toxins and fighting infections by inhibiting bacteria, fungi and viruses.”  He goes on to say, “Oil odors can also be used to affect metal states and memory.”


As with humans, essential oils for animals can be benefited from in three main ways.  Oils can be inhaled, applied topically or ingested.  Before you begin it is incredibly important to do your research, to ONLY purchase Therapeutic Grade oils and to consult with your veterinarian. Also keep in mind that your animal’s sense of smell is very strong and very sensitive.  A dog has up to 300 million olfactory receptors, while humans only have about 60 million.


Inhalation is a wonderful way to introduce your pets to essential oils.  First hold an open bottle of oil in your hand and let your scent driven pooch wander up and have a sniff.  Next, put the oil on your own body (wrists, neck, temples, etc.) and snuggle, wrestle or just “hang out” with your animal, so they can become accustomed to the scent.  When you are certain your animal can tolerate the scent, you can then begin diffusing an oil in your animal’s space.  This allows them to breathe in the wonderful aroma and beneficial properties of each oil.  If your animal does not like the scent of a particular oil, do not use it.  Don’t force it. Remember that every pet responds uniquely to each essential oil.


Once your animal is comfortable inhaling the aroma of essential oils they should respond well to a topical application.  Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.  Because of this it is important to start by diluting oils heavily and use in moderation when applying topically.  Keep an eye on how your pet responds to the oils.   Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.  For cats and smaller dogs begin with one or two drops and be sure to dilute eighty to ninety percent before application.  For example for every one drop of oil use 4-5 drops of a carrier oil, such as grapeseed, olive or coconut oils. For larger dogs try three to five drops of essential oils.  Paws are a great place to apply oils on dogs.  You can find animal reflexology charts online to determine where exactly to apply to access each body system.   Try rubbing oils onto your hands and then giving your pet a good rub down.  What animal doesn’t love a great massage?   For large or hard to reach places you can always combine essential oils with a carrier oils in a spray bottle and spritz away.    Be very careful not to get oils in an animals eyes.  Cats are generally averse to any citrus oils so use special caution.


Finally you can try mixing some essential oils with your animal’s food or, in larger animals, placing oils directly into the mouth by pulling out the bottom lip and adding a drop.


These oils are a wonderful way to introduce your pets:

Small amounts of Lavender oil have a calming sensation and may be used to calm pets or make them feel sleepy while traveling.

Helichrysum promotes blood clotting and helps repair skin and nerve damage.

 Frankincense can be used to support the immune system.

 Spearmint is known for supporting the digestive system and gastrointestinal issues.

 Carrot Seed oil supports the integumentary system and can combat dry, flaky or sensitive skin.

 Cedar wood is a natural flea repellant.

 Roman Chamomile is known for supporting the muscular system and can be used for relief of muscle pain and cramping.

 Peppermint can be added to a dog’s drinking water to encourage internal cooling on a hot summer’s day.



Please remember the compounds in essential oils are extremely powerful.  Very small amounts can have a powerful biological effect on every system in our animal’s body. You should only purchase 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade oils from a reputable company.  Perfume grade oils can actually be harmful to your pet.   Cats are especially sensitive to oils and should be used sparingly. You should avoid “hot oils” (oregano, cloves, wintergreen, peppermint) altogether, when it comes to your cat.  Do not put essential oils in your pet’s ear canal.  Essential oils should never take the place of a good old-fashioned vet visit.  Your veterinarian is a professional, skilled in diagnosing and treating diseases in animals.  Always consult your vet before using any product!



The information contained in this article is meant for educational purposes only and not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.   Statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.


Key Points:

    • 1An animal’s sense of smell is 5 times more powerful than a human’s.
    • 2Put essential oils on YOUR body first to introduce them to your pet.
    • 3Lavender oil can calm your pet, while traveling.

Small amounts of Lavender oil have a calming sensation and may be used to calm pets or make them feel sleepy while traveling.


Lisa has a passion for full body wellness and happy living. She founded Three Leaf oils after a small bottle of lavender oil was introduced by a friend when she was struggling with getting a decent nights sleep in 2014. Her passion and drive stem from seeing real results in her family and friends that are using Essential Oils. She strives to introduce and educate as many people as she can to the exiting world of essential oils. Lisa is a Wife, Mother of 6, Mimi of 3 and growing business owner.

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