The Best Essential Oils for Your Pets

Essential oils should always be used with care around our animals. They can be very beneficial when used correctly, but many oils are toxic to certain animals, especially cats. We’ve compiled a list of the essential oils that are typically considered safe for dogs, cats, horses, and birds.

When applying topically, dilute at a 1% ratio: that’s 5-6 drops per ounce of carrier oil. Apply on their fur, paws, and legs, but stay away from their sensitive areas on their face and ears. When using a diffuser, start small by only adding 1-2 drops at first. Some people have reported their pets slipping on diffused essential oils on the floor, so using a small amount in an area with carpeting is your safest bet.

The Best Essential Oils for Dogs:

  • Lavender: Calming and relaxing
  • Frankincense: Stress and anxiety reliever
  • Peppermint: Improves mood and relaxes stomachaches
  • Cedarwood: Soothes the mind
  • Roman Chamomile: Promotes sleep and helps with digestion
  • Clary Sage: Improves memory and brain function
  • Geranium: Balances emotions and hormones
  • Orange: Relieves stress and improves lung function
  • Rose: Improves mood and reduces anxiety

The Best Essential Oils for Cats:

The Best Essential Oils for Horses:

  • Bergamot: Reduces stress and relieves tension
  • Cedarwood: Soothes the mind
  • Frankincense: Stress and anxiety reliever
  • Lavender (banned by the USEF & FEI): Calming and relaxing
  • Orange: Relieves stress and improves lung function
  • Sandalwood: Increases alertness and manages anxiety
  • Peppermint: Improves mood and relaxes stomachaches
  • Basil: Said to ease joint pain and skin irritations
  • Lemongrass: Suggested to help with dandruff

The Best Essential Oils for Birds

  • Orange: Relieves stress and improves lung function
  • Lemon: Improves alertness and reduces anxiety
  • Lavender: Calming and relaxing
  • Peppermint: Improves mood and relaxes stomachaches
  • Frankincense: Stress and anxiety reliever
  • Grapefruit: Antimicrobial and reduces stress
  • Ylang Ylang: Improves mood and reduces inflammation
  • Oregano: Antioxidant that may relieve pain
  • Cedarwood: Soothes the mind

These benefits are generally accepted based on human use. Individual animals may have different reactions to each oil, and you should always introduce them slowly. Some animals are irritated by the smell or can have physical reactions. If you suspect your animal may have essential oil poisoning, call your vet immediately.