Are you looking for the best information on essential oils for pets? We're sharing everything you need to know to get started along with our natural flea repellent recipe!
A good majority of people these days are using essential oils in their homes, for one reason or another. There are so many uses for oils, such as aromatherapy, making bath and body products or health benefits that come from using them in a diffuser, topically or sometimes internally.
If you are one of these people, you already know how great they can be in so many ways, but are you using essential oils for pets in your home? This may be something you’ve yet to try, or you may have been wanting to try it out, but unsure where to begin.
This article is meant to help you get started and will cover the basics on the how and they best oils for them, as well as a few warnings, and then you will have a recipe for making your own flea repellent spray.
As we previously covered, essential oils are used 3 ways: aromatically, topically, and internally. This also goes for using them with pets.
The main difference is in the amount you use more than anything else. Always start with just one or two drops at once. If you need to reapply more a little while later, you can, but best to start out with just one drop.
Dogs can handle the oils a little more than cats and there are some oils you never want to use with cats at all, which we will cover. But otherwise, go with one drop for cats, whereas with a medium or large sized dog, two would be okay.
It is always better to use less oil more frequently than the opposite.
You can diffuse oils for them, same as you would for your family. If you need to calm down an animal, for example, diffuse some lavender in the main room they would be in.
Make sure the room is well ventilated. When you first use a new oil with an animal, always keep an eye on them so you can be aware of any reactions. If you spot any, open up the windows and immediately turn off the diffuser.
Using a nebulizer for seasonal allergies or respiratory issues also works well. Start your oil diffuser out on low and with a low dose of oils. If you need to add a little more, go ahead. But see if it makes a difference with the lowest dose possible first, as it may be all you really need to use.
As far as using them topically, there are a few things to know right away. One, use far less if the animals are babies by diluting the oil drops with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.
For cats, put the oil on your own hands first, rubbing them together, and then rub them on the cat. Cats are much more sensitive. You don’t need to totally abstain from using oils with them, but use caution. If you can smell the oil on the cat’s coat, then the cat is getting the benefits.
Never use essential oils orally on cats. It’s far too much for them. For dogs, you can drop the oils in their water if that's something you feel comfortable with, but proceed with caution.
Here is a list of essential oils never to use on cats:
- Cassia oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Clove oil
- Oregano oil
- Melaleuca oil
- Basically, you want to avoid all of the hot oils
Here is a list of essential oils for pets and what they are good for:
- Bergamot oil – Skin care, calming, stress and anxious feelings
- Cedarwood oil – Skin issues, calming, urinary and kidney support
- Citrus of any kind – Energizing, balancing appetite and appetite stimulant
- Chamomile oil – Calming, skin issues, stress and anxious feelings, sleep issues
- Cypress oil – Liver health and circulation
- Eucalyptus oil – Breathing, respiratory issues
- Frankincense oil – Everyday balance, skin issues, joint aches and inflammation
- Geranium oil – Inflammation, antiseptic and skin issues
- Helichrysum oil – Liver health, arthritis and sprains
- Lavender oil – Calming
- Lemongrass oil – Hormonal balance, deters pests
Natural Flea Repellent Spray Recipe
Ingredients and supplies
- 4 ounce glass spray bottle or stainless steel spray bottle
- 6 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops frankincense essential oil
- 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
- Filtered or distilled water (we use our Big Berkey)
- Place the essential oils into your spray bottle, then top off the rest of the bottle with purified water, leaving just a bit of room for the spray top to fit down in and not run the water out over the top.
- Place top on and shake well before use.
- Spray on door jams, and places where your pet spends most of their time, as well as on the pet themselves. Repeat as needed.