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How to Calm Your Dog with Essential Oils

Terri FosterJuly 1, 2020

Essential oils are safe to use with your pets. With some common sense and not so common knowledge, essential oils can be very helpful as a natural alternative.

Many essential oils are adulterated with chemicals that are toxic to our pets. I have used doTERRA essential oils with my family for over 5 years because they are the most tested and trusted essential oils on the market. Each batch is tested 54 times to ensure purity and potency. This is the CPTG – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade standard doTERRA upholds with all of their products.

Some general guidelines when using essential oils with our pets:

  • Allow your pet to leave the room when using essential oils and freely leave the area if they do not like the essential oil.
  • A water diffuser that disperses tiny particles of the essential oil over an extended time is best for pets in the home.
  • Let their natural animal instinct tell you what may not be okay for them. Use common sense and pay attention to their behavior. If you observe strange or different behavior stop using that essential oil.
  • When introducing essential oils to pets start out using a 1% to 2% dilution ratio. 1% dilution is 1 drop of pure essential oil to 1 teaspoon or 100 drops of carrier oil. My favorite carrier oil is fractionated coconut oil also called FCO. It is colorless, odorless, stainless and safe for pets. It does not dilute the efficacy of the essential oil but slows down absorption. This is important because essential oils are 50-70 times more potent then herbs.
  • Do not use oils on or near their eyes, nose or genitals. Although the tips of their ears make wonderful diffusers.
  • Oils to avoid using with dogs are Birch, Melaleuca or Tea Tree and Wintergreen. Oils that are considered “hot” and must be diluted when applied are Oregano, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary and Thyme.
  • Oil and water do not mix. If you or your pet experience any discomfort when using essential oils water will not help. Grab your fractionated coconut oil (FCO) or a vegetable based oil and add to calm the discomfort.
  • You can diffuse around cats as long as they are able to leave the room and not enclosed in a small space with an essential oil diffuser.
  • Oils to avoid applying topically and internally with cats are citrus oils, Birch, Melaleuca or Tea Tree, Peppermint, Spearmint and Wintergreen.

How do you know if an essential oil is safe to be ingested?

The essential oil is safe for ingestion if it has a Nutritional Facts label and says “safe for internal use.” Keep this in mind when you are applying oils topically. If your pet is able to groom themselves in the area you applied the oil they will ingest the essential oil. My favorite way to apply essential oils is to pet them on the back of the head and rub the back of their neck.

In this video I am introducing essential oils to Rocco using the “self selection” method. He is telling me what he likes and does not like.

Calm with essential oils

His reaction to the gardeners outside after Copaiba is amazing! Are you thinking of situations this could possibly help your pet?

Out of the four options I introduced, Rocco liked three of them (Balance, Copaiba and Serenity). Another safe essential oil choice is Lavender. The reason I chose to try Copaiba is because it is safe for internal use. He has had some digestive issues lately and I know that Copaiba is calming not only for the nervous system but also the digestive tract. It also happens to be my favorite oil when I am feeling anxious.

If you are looking to purchase doTERRA essential oils you can access my doTERRA website directly at my.doterra.com/terrifoster.

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