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.
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.