Essential Oils for Dogs & Cats

Many are familiar with essential oils for aromatherapy, but a CPTG oil goes far beyond that, promoting good health. Did you know that there are essential oils for dogs & cats? It’s true! I find it so exciting to see an animal respond to essential oils, because as an animal, they have no idea how the oils are to affect them and when we as there humans see the desired effect actually happening, you know it is working and that is so exciting!

essential oils for dogs & cats

I have experienced, seen & heard on numerous occasions the benefits of essential oils on our furry four legged friends. My daughter has a large golden retriever about 4 years old who developed a serious eye and ear infection, which included discharge, swollen inner eyelid and very large lymph glands. She took pupper to the vet as she was quite worried, and the vet confirmed, yes it was a pretty serious infection. Of course, his recommendation was a round of antibiotics and steroids. Being my daughter was new to doTerra, when she was left alone in the examining room, she gave me a call, wondering what I thought. It was a Friday, I suggested she go home, without the antibiotics and give the essential oils the weekend. If there was no change or things got worse, she could always run back to the vet and grab the antibiotics.

That is what she decided to do. She explained what she wanted to do to the vet, and he was ok with the idea. His assistant was clearly not pleased at all. Immediately when they arrived home, my daughter got out her oils, Oregano, On Guard and Lavender. She filled capsules with the Oregano & On Guard and sent them down the hatch. She did that at least 3 times a day as we would do when taking antibiotics. She then applied the Lavender around the orbit of his eye, being careful not to get it in his eye and rubbed the Lavender around his ear.

The next morning…….well, it was exciting to see. The very visible eye infection has subsided by at least 50%! The discharge was gone, but there was still some residual swelling. She planned on continuing for 10 days and by the morning of day 2 it appeared 80% better and the ear infection was looking good as far as she could see. Slowly the lymph nodes began shrinking and by day 5 you could hardly tell he had looked so bad just a few days earlier. She never did need those expensive antibiotics which always cause further damage elsewhere in the body while killing the bacterial infection anyways. So nice that she could kill the infection without doing further harm.

I have also been using essential oils on my two very tiny toy fox terriers, weighing about 11 lbs together. They are both seniors and are having many senior doggie issues. The older one Misty who is 15 has always been very skiddish & a generally timid dog. But as she has gotten older it seems to just get worse, to the point she runs when we want to hold her and cowers when you try to pet her. Not sure why, she has never been hurt. About 5 months ago I started using Frankincense on her primarily for joint pain, but then there was these awesome effect that we weren’t really expecting. It seemed to calm her skiddish behaviors. It was immediately noticeable. She is very active and runs up and down the stairs all day long even jumping several steps lately and she can almost jump all by herself onto our bed, keeping in mind she only weighs 6 lbs! That might be like us trying to jump onto the roof of our house.

Then we have our smaller, but younger oldster, Shadow who is almost 13. Shadow has never had Misty’s physical strength and has always tended to be more fragile. Since early around 2 or 3 years old she started having allergies which manifest in her ears and as she aged they would itch so bad at times she would yelp with pain when she tried to scratch them. She had painful swollen glands in her neck. She also has back problems, and she has had digestive tract issues for many years and had gotten to the point where she was vomiting countless times a day. She drank massive quantities of water to the point of panic if she couldn’t get water, tested negative for Diabetes and Cushings. She was losing weight and I was feeding more that I was feeding her larger and more active sister, Misty. Eventually she started not wanting to eat at all which never happens to her. She really should have had a little curly tail if you get my drift, oink. When I talked to the vet about it, some tests were run and it was found she was showing signs of early liver failure. His recommendation, keep giving her the same allergy food which was working for the itchy ears and to give her this very expensive chemical prescription medication. I took the medication home, was really not liking the idea of giving it to her, but I was not sure what to do. I was afraid I was losing my little girl.

I did some research on liver failure in dogs and found that it is very often caused my commercial pet foods! It is so highly processed, and has so much junk in it it can actually be toxic to a dogs system and damaging to the liver. I found a liver friendly dog food recipe I made myself. At first she wasn’t real happy with it, but she did pick at it. I also gave her a few doses of the prescription, but was going to look for another way and reached for my essential oils information on dogs. I had never delved into using them on my dogs to this degree, but I had to do something more and I didn’t want her on that drug. I decided to use DigestZen for IBS & Zendocrine for liver support. Since she is so tiny I wasn’t sure how much to give her or how. I started by rubbing a tiny bit (what I wiped off the top of the bottle) of DZ on her tummy. I tried numerous ways to get the Zendocrine in her too.

Within about 2 days her vomiting stopped. Then I noticed she was not longer gulping water all day. I got some advice from Skye Patterson the Dog Oiler, which was encouraging because she recommended what I had already been doing, Disgest Zen, Zendocrine, add DDR Prime and get her off regular dog food. She recommended a raw food diet, which while it is more expensive, it is easier than me purchasing all of the ingredients and then preparing it all. Shadow LOVES the raw food and is once again gulping down her food. She is gaining weight again and wagging her tail. Her ears aren’t itching either! I had originally only put Shadow on the raw food because of expense, but Misty became disinterested in her food which she had always looked at like it was going to jump out of the bowl and grab her anyways, I think she didn’t like the smell of the Frankincense in it. She is also now on the raw food and honestly I think there is further improvement in her personality since.

Bottom line, I only gave Shadow that prescription for about 2 days, because it was clear that everything I needed to help her feel better was right there in my box of essential oils. I should have known! I still struggled with a way to give my tiny dogs an appropriate amount of oils for them and I eventually landed on this. I simply put a little water in an extra oils bottle with a few drops of my desired essential oils. I use alkaline water because it breaks the oils up into smaller particles that remain suspended in the water for a longer period of time. With each meal I just add 2-3 drops to their raw food and mix it up. They love the raw food so much they just wolf down the oils no matter what I put in there.

Essential oils can be used on cats as well. I don’t have any kitties so do not personally have any experiences. I do know that cats do NOT filter as quickly as humans and dogs, so you must be careful. There are also oils that you would not want to use on your cat, so be sure to do your research. Look up Sky Patterson, the Dog Oiler, she always has great advice. If you have experience with using essential oils on your cat, please share them here.

Essential oils are the perfect natural alternative for caring for your pets. They are even excellent for using on horses too. If you would like information on that, you might want to check out Orion El Dakar. They are accumulating quite a wealth of experience in using doTerra’s oils on their Arabs.

I am not a Physician, just a wife, a mom, and a grandma who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family.

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34 Responses to Essential Oils for Dogs & Cats

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  2. Any experience using oils on dogs with Lymes disease?

    • I have not personally had experience treating an animal who has Lyme with essential oils, but having Lyme myself I know what the oils do for me. The oils on the Lyme protocol should be safe for dogs too. I would put them in a capsule and push them to the back of the throat and then massage the throat so they swallow. I can only recommend doTerra because animals are sensitive and these oils need to be taken internally. The oils are hot and you could not put them on a dogs paws, since they lick them. If you haven’t already, read my 2 posts on Lyme. I would do the same for a dog. You don’t want to make them to sick with to fast of a die off. The longer they have been sick, the heavier the pathogenic load and the need to proceed slowly is very important. Keep me posted.

  3. Does anyone know if by using frankincense every other day or so will it completely stop seizures in dogs.

    • Frankincense is known to work really well with seizures. I would definitely give it a try. But I would do it every day. Put the Frankincense on the paw, between the pads, it will not hurt if your dog licks it IF it has been certified pure & therapeutic grade, CPTG. I would not use just any brand of Frankincense on my pet, especially one that is not consumable.

      How big is your dog? A large dog, maybe a drop on each front paw, medium dog, maybe 1 drop between the 2 front paws. A tiny dog/toy maybe consider diluting 1 drop with fractionated coconut oil and apply part of that to the front paws. My toy dogs get Frankincense every single day x 2 in their food.

      Some other oils that have been found helpful are Lemongrass, Lavender, & Serenity which is not a consumable blend so I would put that at the base of the skull on the back of the neck, rubbing it into the skin. Hope this helps, seizures are very scary especially when watching someone we love or a loved pet going through it.

  4. We have a 18 lb. Shi- Pooh dog . He is 3 years old . I have all the essential oils and just ordered a small Essential Oil Diffuser .
    Lil Rocky is itching and scratching his paw just below his left eye !
    What great and safe recommendations should we use to stop him from itching ??
    Which essential oil should I use with the diffuser ?

    Thank you in advance for any help

    Don Ericson email ,

    • I would first try a little bit of lavender on the itchy area, but be sure to avoid the eye itself. My little dog gets really itchy ears and when she does I a rub just the tiniest bit of lavender around and just inside her ear. It settles the itching right down. Hope Lil Rockey feels better. If it continues, you might want to take a look at his diet. Commercial dog food is packed with allergens, foods dogs were never really intended to eat in the first place. At least not in the quantities we find them in commercial dog food.

  5. My friend has a little terrier dog that has a chronic problem with a skin fungus where all her hair falls out and skin swells up. We’ve been looking at oils and think Frankincense might help but any suggestions out there?

    • My first thought goes to Melaleuca. You could try Lemon & Lemongrass. I would also think working on the inside is crucial. If there is fungus on the outside there are probably issues in the gut. The gut is where all good health begins. Find a very good dog food and I personally recommend the raw food diet. It is so worth the extra expense. It has done wonders for my little dog with severe allergies. Also, consider a doggy probiotic which will help to crowd out unwanted pathogens in the gut.

  6. I have a female Bengal cat, and she has “anxiety disorder” I’m wondering what oils would be safe to use for her. She is pulling all her coat off, the only part left with fur is the parts she can’t get to. Back-head-tail, please help…..TIA

    • Poor kitty. You do not say if you are using doTERRA, but I would only use oils that you are certain of their purity, especially on a cat. They are not like humans or dogs and can not filter the same. Impurity in essential oils can be a problem. Having said that Serenity or just Lavender can be used. You only will need small amounts, not even a drop, but maybe what comes off the rim of the bottle. Swipe it on bedding or a tiny bit across the chest if there is fur there. You want her just to be able to smell it, but remember her sense of smell is much stronger than ours. One of my dogs really dislikes Lavender. I actually put it in her food for it’s calming affects and it is funny to watch her approach all crouched down like her food might get her. Then she wolfs it down. Hope kitty feels better.

      • Yes, I just started selling doterra and that was one of the reasons I joined up! Thank you for your quick response. I will start with the lavender and see where it takes us. Thank you so much!!

  7. Rescued a dog… Has mange and has been very stressed and afraid. What can help

    • My favorite for anxiety in my dogs is Vetiver. Swipe a little across the chest and some on the bedding. Lavender might be enough or Serenity is great too.

      For the mange, I would try a few drops of a Melaleuca in a carrier oil in a spray bottle. Spray several times a day on infected areas. Bathe every couple of days with an oatmeal bath and add some Lavender to the suds at the end. You might also add some Lavender to to a carrier oil in a spray bottle to sooth the itches.

      Another thing, generally these animals have been neglected and so working on overall health is probably a good idea. Really high qulaity dog food. A good vitamin, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Healthy immune system starts with a healthy gut.

      One last little trick, I am not entirely sure if my experience will hold, but my littlest dog who is quite old and just about 5 lbs is easily devoured by fleas. Recently we watched someones dog who on arrival was full of fleas. I was really worried the flea season was going to start really early and I will not use any flea medications on her. She had a little sore on her back which was healing nicely because I had been spraying DDR Prime on in. Even when I treated the other dog for fleas, I expected them to jump off and get on my dog. I never saw a single flea on her and still have seen none. I am going to keep up with DDR Prime, it makes her feel really good too. I am hoping the fleas hate it!

  8. Hi,I have a small dog poma-poo,name Lola,she’s 7yo.Couple days ago she was diagnosed with diabeties and she started the insulin shots,very low dose for now.I’m using essential oils myself because of my RA.I would love to use oils on her but I have no idea how much and how.I know that cinnamon and nutmeg is good and frankincense.But I’m afraid to give her to much or to often.If I put any of those oils in her food,she will definitely eat it.I will be very grateful for any info.Eva

  9. I have a 3 yr old rescue beagle who has developed a cloudy eye. It is holding steady and hasn’t appeared to be getting worse over the last year, and doesn’t seem to bother him. He’s been checked out by a specialist and it’s not cataract or glaucoma, nor does it appear to be scratched… The drops they prescribed did nothing. I think it’s the result of either an old tick bite or from the trauma he had before rescue – hit by a car … He has made a full recovery from that accident two years ago, but this cloudy eye puzzles me, and apparently the eye doctor… Any thoughts for a possible oil protocol?

    • I’m sorry, I don’t have any ideas. You might want to look up the Dog Oiler. She may have some thoughts.

  10. I have a cat with a terrible eye infection, swollen and draining. Vet prescribed an antibiotic eye drop but it’s only made it worse. Any suggestions? I know cats are much more sensitive and harder to treat. I only use Doterra oils.

    • First of all you must be very careful with cats and I would only use doTERRA if you are not using it already because you can be certain of the quality.

      I read once about a kitten with severe eye infections in both eyes. Was successfully treated with diluted Lavender. Do not put it directly into the eye, but rub near the orbit of the eye. The vapors alone can be effective. Also, I have read about OnGuard also diluted put on the pads of the feet where kitty will lick it off. The recommended dilution was one drop of the Lavender or the OnGuard to 1 Tbl of fractionated coconut oil. Do not put the OnGuard near the eye at all. Hope this helps. Please keep us posted so others can benefit.

  11. Hello.
    I am trying to treat a black lab with bladder cancer.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you.

    • I’m sorry, I give my dogs and they are tiny, DDR Prime. Studies have shown it to be very effective in killing certain cancer cells. It’s worth a try.

  12. Essential oils to prevent heartworms?? I don’t want to use traditional routes – would love to know what I can use on my 5 month old 1/2 min pin and 1/2 jack Russell – they are about 8 pounds

    • They sound so cute. I used to have a min pin many years ago. For prevention of heartworm there is Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lavender & Geranium. The goal is to prevent the bites in the first place. I have come across something quite by accident you might want to try. I had been using a product called DDR Prime on the back on my little 5 lb Toy Fox Terrier to ease the pain of her bad back. I was taking care of my son’s dog one weekend who arrived at our house infested with fleas. I thought, oh my poor little girl is going to be eaten alive because the summer before I could not keep the fleas off of her. To my surprise, not a one that I could see ever got on her. It is mid July and still no fleas. So this might just be an awesome flea & mosquito repellent.

      I apply the oils right on the back. Kinda funny the littlest one with the bad back has a brown streak down her back all the time where she has her oils applied daily. She’s white.

      Also, prevention is important, but building up the immune system is so important too. Avoid the chemical flea medications and as often as possible avoid drugs. Your dogs are tiny (so it might be doable because of the expense) but a raw food diet is the best. Dogs were never intended to eat the processed foods they eat today, no matter how seemingly high end the food is. Processed foods lose so much of their nutrients and are void of the enzymes needed to help with digestion. My dogs health has improved significantly since putting them on the raw food diet. I use Small Batch because it is truly raw, organic and a bit less expensive.

  13. Melissa Bayless

    Our German Shorthair Pointer has Valley Fever and takes meds for that. The Valley Fever has attacked her one eye and we have been using prednisone drops for the past 3 years for this. She is completely blind in this eye and the drops are mostly to keep the cherry eye under control. I am looking at using YL essential oils for the eye instead. Can you recommend oil/s and dose
    for cherry eye?

    • I’m sorry, I am not familiar with Young Living, so couldn’t really make any recommendations. I only use doTERRA.

  14. Hi, I have a rescue dog currently fighting distemper (still at early stage; struggling with respiratory currently). I believe it’s not too late. What I can do as far as oils? I thought about onGuard on paws. Is that good enough or should I try to make her swallow capsules with a blend? If so, what would you recommend and how often? And it shouldn’t interfere with other meds right? TIA.

    • Poor baby. OnGuard sounds like a good place to start especially since it is early. If infections sets in due to the virus, or maybe even sooner, I would go with a blend. My daughter managed a very nasty eye infection along with ear infection using capsules with Oregano, OnGuard and Lemon on her Golden. She used it in the same way antibiotics would be used and the infection cleared like you would have expected with antibiotics. Twice a day, for 10 days. It was really quite exciting to see the oils work like that. She had turned down antibiotics from the vet and opted for the oils. Wish for you and the pupper wellness.

  15. My three year old Vizsla, Joules, has wrestled with eye infections for months. We have used topical antibiotic ointments from the vet almost constantly. Yesterday, the vet said her eyes look great, but when I came home from work today, they were filled with a slimy, clear discharge. I feed a raw, clean diet. Any suggestions for oils? I’m thinking this has to be allergy related.

    • If you think it might be allergy, you might try some Lavender around the orbit of the eye 2-3 times a day. Avoid getting in the eye, the vapors alone will help if it is allergy.

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