Using Essential Oils Effectively and Safely with your Pets

Dana BaileyAnimals, Ningxia Red

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With growing awareness about and popularity of Essential Oils, there has been concern about how or even whether to use them with our beloved pets.

I am going to share what I have learned about oils and animals.

*I am not an expert, doctor, or veterinarian. I am not here to diagnose, treat, or cure any of your (or your pets!) illnesses. The content I cover is for informational purposes only.


Just so you know, when I speak of essential oils, I am only referring to the use of Young Living essential oils. I cannot verify the efficacy or purity of other brands. Not all oils are created equal.

The Seed to Seal promise Young Living adheres to allows me the peace of mind knowing I am giving my animals (and my family) the best available!

Young Living abides by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise to send pure products to your home.

– Their farms and partner farms abide by strict standards.

– They select the strongest seeds from strong thriving plants.

– They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.

– They harvest at peak times to ensure quality oils.

– They distill on site without chemicals.

– They test every batch. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

All of these factors make a huge difference in quality and effectiveness



Let’s get started right away with some history!

Certain texts dating back hundreds of years reference using plant extracts on animals. Dr. Louis Sevelinge generally gets credited with developing veterinarian aromatherapy in the 1940s.  In 1993, the French veterinarian Nelly Grosjean wrote the first book dedicated to the use of essential oils with animals.

While Dr. Louis Sevelinge and Nelly Grosjean get a lot of recognition in the “oils and animals” area, Caroline Ingraham began extensively studying the use of essential oils alongside veterinarians and developed the incredibly safe and effective method known nowadays as Applied Zoopharmacognosy .

(Translation from Greek roots: animal-medicine-knowledge)

This method states that animals have an innate ability to know what they need for health.



What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the most powerful part of a plant.  They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs.

Even in animals, essential oils can provide support for every system in the body:  the skeletal system,  muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system and hormones, respiratory system, and immune system.  They also support brain health as they are used extensively for emotions and for spiritual support.

0018-3 How does Applied Zoopharmacognosy Work


I mentioned Zoopharmocognosy.

This method states that animals have an innate ability to know what they need for health.

When working with essential oils, we use this natural instinct and allow the animal to choose what products they prefer. This method is safe, effective, and simple, and it strengthens the bond between you and your animal.

You allow the animal to choose by keeping the lid on the essential oil and let them smell it. Their “choice” or a positive sign looks like prolonged sniffing, interest, or even licking indicates they like the oil and it can be used.

A negative choice will be completely ignoring it, barely giving it a sniff, or actual avoidance. We have a young dog that avoids me when he smells oils on my hands.  I simply put my hands behind me and talk gently to him. Do not force a product on an animal as it can cause stress.  Adverse effects may result by forcing essential oils on an animal. Don’t let anyone make it a game. Your pet will remember the scent and the behavior. You want them to like the scents, so be patient.




Horses tend to respond very well to essential oils since they are herbivores and have metabolic pathways to break down most oils. They also tend to prefer the inhalation and licking methods used with oils.

Dogs also tend to prefer inhalation and licking methods.

Cats don’t have metabolic pathways to break down most essential oils. Since this is the case, cats rarely choose essential oils, although it can still happen. Overall, they are much more sensitive to essential oils than other animals.


General Rules of Thumb!

Animals, due to all their hair follicles, have an increased rate and amount of absorption, so I would use plenty of carrier oil when applying any oil.


If you are diffusing or using oils for yourself while your pets are around, make sure there is an open door or window so they can leave.  

Do you know any cat that will stay put when it doesn’t like something going on? I didn’t think so. With all the hype going around about essential oils and cats, I understand people are very sensitive and cautious. Good, I’m glad you are.

The three most important things when being cautious on behalf of your pet while using oils are to check the QUALITY of oil (not all are created equal), letting your pet CHOOSE, and providing an OUT.

Let’s look at some products you can use with your pets. I’ve included a few DIY recipes as well.



Everyone has heard of Lavender. It is frequently referred to as “the Swiss army knife of Oils.”

Well, just as lavender can be calming to you and me, it can be to your animal as well.


* Soothes skin

* Great before going outside


DIY hack

Make your own Skin Soothing Essential Gel Recipe for your animal!

– approximately 50 mls of water-based gel (aloe vera)

– 5-20 drops of essential oils (max of 5 different oils)

**make sure you collaborate with your animal about which oils!

– whisk together and you are done!

Apply this calming gel to underbelly or any sensitive skin areas when needed.

(by the way…this is good for humans as well)



Our shih-tzu, Ruby loves these oils. When she see’s the bottles she rolls over on her back waiting for a belly & paw rub down of oils.


Cedarwood → Can be calming and grounding.

Frankincense → Incredibly grounding. Calming. Soothing to the skin. Our pup loves

Geranium→ Mix with Cedarwood and Lavender for an outdoor spray. Supports healthy skin. Can be balancing and grounding.


DIY Collar for Dogs

1 cup of water

5 drops Lavender

2 drops Citronella

1 drop Cedarwood

2 drops Geranium

Mix in a bowl, put in your pet’s collar, soak for 5 minutes, remove from liquid, and then let it dry before using.

***Make sure you listen to your animal and that they approve of the whole concoction first.


Citrus Fresh™ comes in the Premium Starter Kit

Citrus Fresh is relaxing and calming and it smells SO good. Think citrus with a hint of mint.

Ever tired of that “dog” or “cat” smell?

Try diffusing it or adding 20 drops to distilled water in a spray bottle!


Animal Scents

Young Living has its own line of products designed specifically for animals!

It contains oils, shampoo, cat treats, dog chews, and more!

Check out the whole line and let us know which one you’re excited to try.


A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.

Young Living is so generous, aren’t they?


Supplements for your pets!

This post wouldn’t be complete without talking about one of our most beloved products. NingXia Red is 25% NingXia Wolfberry puree, which is a wellness-supporting superfruit with an incredibly high antioxidant rating. Antioxidants make for an unfriendly environment for free radicals. If you don’t know the effects free radicals have on your body, you should google it.

This dietary supplement helps support normal blood sugar levels, provides support for normal eye health, cellular function, and energy levels. It’s a supplement that provides overall support to your animal to help them be their best selves.

Other favorites to share with your pets are Sulfurzyme, Omegagize, and Agilease.

Sulfurzyme – Ingredients help to maintain the structure of proteins, protect cells and cell membranes, replenish the connections between cells, and preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue.

OmegaGize³™ – combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone). These supplements combine with our proprietary enhancement essential oil blend to create an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that may support general wellness. Used daily, these ingredients work synergistically to support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.

Agilease – Does anyone have old dogs that like to be active!? This is good for pets that may experience a natural, acute inflammation response in their joints after exercise. AgilEase™ is a joint health supplement that’s perfect for healthy individuals (and pets) who are looking to gain greater mobility and flexibility through the reduction of inflammation.



Essential Rewards (ER)

“What is one thing you wish you had known in the very beginning?” Whenever we ask our members this question, do you know what they say? They say, “I wish I had known about Essential Rewards earlier.” SO, I don’t want to miss sharing all the perks of one of the best programs we have for our members.

Essential Rewards is an optional program, but you are definitely going to want to join the ER bandwagon because it is the best way to save money while you replace the unhealthy products in your home and reorder products as needed.

It is similar to those cool monthly subscription boxes you see all over your FB feed, except for one major difference: you can customize your wellness box EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. You can also change your process date, which makes it very convenient to get what you want when you want it.

With every ER order, you will get a % back in points to use on future products AND free gifts for ordering on the rewards program.

Most of our members join ER right away by adding a 2 pack of Ningxia Red, or a bottle of Thieves all-purpose cleaner and Thieves laundry detergent to the Premium Starter Kit.

My Top suggestions for ER Orders:

  1. Thieves ER Kit –> Who wants toxin-free cleaners so they don’t need to worry about where their fur babies are walking or where they are licking?!
  2. Animal Scents, mix and match!
  3. Ningxia ER kit


Are you a Young Living member yet? If not, the best way to get started is to get a Young Living membership. That way you can get all the good things for your pet at 24% off!

When you get started with a Premium Starter Kit (everything you see in this picture), you automatically get a membership with membership pricing: 24% off everything and access to discounted ER bundles.

You will have access to a private FB community where we offer support and encouragement and a place for you to ask questions.

Most importantly, you are supported by me! I am dedicated to helping you with your health goals. I offer a three-month wellness plan to help you get started and use your starter kit to its fullest for you and your family.

With a membership, you have the opportunity to help your friend, or two, or three, get a starter kit. It’s as easy as passing your member number along when they want to order a PSK of their own. Young Living will send you a $50 “thank you” check for every person you help get a PSK if you have ordered 50PV that month. #YesPlease!

I’d love to help you get started today!



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