You love essential oils. You love your pets. Yet there is much from both sides of the fence as to whether essential oils are good, or even appropriate, for our 4-legged family members. Welp...here's the long-awaited answer to the long-debated question "can i use essential oils on fluffy and fido?" (and/or other exotic animals??) As with humans, aromatherapy is and can be a valuable complementary therapy for animals in the healing process as well as a useful aid in dealing with emotional and behavioral type problems.
Below is a quick guide for basic information regarding animals and aromatherapy. Please consult your pet’s veterinarian and a properly qualified essential oil therapist for animals for additional guidance on safe essential oils for dogs and other pets.
Essential oils are not recommended for or around birds, ferrets, or other exotic pets.
Generally speaking, due to a cat’s physiology and the difficulty of their liver to metabolize them, essential oils are not recommended for or around cats. Constant and continued exposure to essential oils, including diffused oils, can result in a cumulative toxic effect on a cat’s liver. It’s important to be aware of this as well if you choose to use essentials oils around the house, such as with cleaning and in a diffuser.
For dogs, essential oils and aromatherapy have been used when treating such ailments as allergies and the symptoms that go along with them (dry, itchy, flaky skin, hotspots), arthritis / muscular problems, digestive and respiratory issues, emotional (nervousness, fear, stress) and behavioral concerns, and skin infections and conditions (wounds, canine dermatitis, eczema, oily coat).
Some oils that are commonly found in grooming products for dogs, such as shampoos, coat conditioners, detanglers, and used in other dog care products such as bed sprays and fresheners, include:
For a book on using essential oils and aromatherapy on horses, check out this great resource Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses – The Owner’s Veterinary Guide to Alternative Methods and Remedies by Mary L. Brennan, DVM with Norma Eckroate.
Essential oils should always be properly diluted before use. The information provided on this site is for documentation purposes only and is not guaranteed to be accurate or complete. Consult a reputable and experienced aromatherapist and your pet’s veterinarian for guidance.
Medical disclaimer: The information provided herein is for personal interest and informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to offer medical treatment for any condition. Essential oils are very concentrated and are not to be used undiluted on the skin or taken internally otherwise instructed by your Doctor. Keep out of reach of children and pets.