Essential Oils and Dogs
Some essential oils are safe but not all are. You really need to do your research before you oil up your best friend. Skin can be very sensitive whether it’s a dog, cat or human.
That is why you want to make sure you are using a Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil and dilute it with water or an oil like cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or organic virgin coconut oil.
The rule of thumb is the smaller the body, the more you dilute it. So for a medium sized dog a good guide is 1 drop of essential oil to 10 drops of olive or coconut oil.
And for a small dog, I would suggest 1 drop of essential oil to 25 drops of olive or coconut oil.
Side note about Coconut Oil for Dogs:
Coconut oil is one of those magic super-foods not only for humans but dogs as well. It can help your dog’s digestion, help improve their coat and skin and can also help prevent infection.
Coconut oil can be rubbed onto your dog’s fur and skin or added to their food. Just a word of warning before giving it to your dog to eat, start with small amounts and give your dog time to adjust to it.
Consult your veterinary about giving your dog coconut oil and ask them how much you should give them.
Here is a short guide for using Essential Oils on your dog:
Oils work really well on most insects, so fleas are no different. The two most common essential oils used for fleas are Cedarwood and Lavender.
• 3 to 5 drops of Cedarwood or Lavender Oil
• 1 to 3 tablespoons of water
Dilute the oil in water in a mason jar then apply 5 to 10 drops of the solution to a dog collar or bandana using an eyedropper. I suggest reapplying the drops once a week.
- For Skin Irritations – Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Lavender
- For infections and wounds – Sweet Marjoram and Lavender
Lavender Essential Oil is the most talked about oil for anxiety… in animals and humans. Lavender is very safe for dogs and is one of the most gentle essential oils out there.
A great treat for both you and your pup is to put one or two drops of lavender into your palm and rub your hands together. Then go ahead an give your dog a massage. Don’t forget around the ears!
What’s your dog’s favorite essential oil?