Beneficial Essential Oils For Dogs

While essential oils have been around forever, there are still many out there that really don’t know much about them and the benefits they have for both us and our pups. 

Every time I see someone post a question on any one of the dog groups on Facebook about a certain issue with their dog such as separation anxiety, hyperactivity, arthritis, or even tummy troubles, I try to share my knowledge on this subject with them.
In past posts I shared information about specific oils like lavender, eucalyptus, and the use of essential oils for flea and tick prevention.

In case you may have missed reading those here are the links: 

Natural flea and tick prevention:

Benefits of lavender essential oil:

Benefits of eucalyptus essential oil:

The list of essential oils that can benefit our dogs is actually pretty lengthy, but today I would like to share some information on specific oils I have not yet had a chance to talk about. I always try to go the natural route for my dogs and only use chemical preventatives and prescription medications when truly necessary.

1. Cedar Oil, also known as cedar-wood oil, aids in repelling pests and killing them. Cedar-wood also has a relaxing effect on dogs and supports healthy skin. It can be used in a diffuser to calm your pup. 

It is also an antiseptic for the lungs, anticatarrhal, expectorant for coughs, such as kennel cough, stimulates circulation, good for stiffness, arthritis, back pain, stimulates hair growth, clears dandruff, strengthens kidney function, diuretic, lymphatic decongestant, calming, especially for nervous aggression, extreme timidity or shyness and for those dogs that need a sense of inner security.

2. Lemongrass Oil, in just a small amount creates a very pleasant citrus smell, and actually keeps away fleas and ticks as well as improves the condition of your dog’s skin. 

It is uplifting and clarifying, is an immune stimulant, antiviral, antiseptic, stimulates pancreatic function, antidiabetic, anti-anemic, anticoagulant, antifungal, air antiseptic, antispasmodic (stomach), breaks down excess bone deposits, good for arthritis and kidney stones, clears mental confusion, increases concentration, and increases trust in self and others. It is VERY useful with dogs who have moved homes often.

3. Citronella Oil, is yet another insect-repelling essential oil. You can diffuse this oil instead of lighting citronella candles to keep bugs out of your home and off your pups.

4. Frankincense Oil, is a safer and less potent oil used in many aspects of pet care. It can be used from wound care to behavior improvement to antibacterial healing. It’s a great all-around oil to use with your pup.  

Frankincense has even helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system, has been observed to reduced tumors, external ulcers and even increases blood supply to the brain.

5. Peppermint Oil, is great for helping dogs that are overheated. It can be used on long hikes and added (in a tiny quantity) to drinking water for internal cooling. As an analgesic, it can be used for acute injuries as well. 

6. Spruce, Blue Tansy, Frankincense & Rosewood Blend also known as Valor Blend, can help with fear, behavior, and training. It can also aid in the healing of skin masses, itching, allergies, and infections. Try some in a diffuser, on your pup’s collar or with topical application.

7. Marjoram oil, is anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial. It helps to alleviate diabetes and depression symptoms, nerve pain, and assist with liver problems.

…. and many more!

Essential oils have so many benefits for dogs and work wonders! It’s important that you do your own research, especially on dosage. You can very easily overdose your dog on essential oils, so it is important to note that essential oils must be used as directed and not all can be used topically on dogs.

As alway, I stress to you the importance of ALWAYS consulting your own Veterinarian before using ANY essential oils for your pup!

Stay tuned to right here on Paws Give Me Purpose for more valuable information and benefits of essential oils!

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Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil For Your Dog 

These days, there is a new emerging trend to seek natural treatments for our pet’s health. Human usage of essential oils is growing in popularity, so it’s not a surprising that people want to use them on their canine companions as well. There are many different types of eucalyptus oil, and they vary widely in their chemical composition.

Eucalyptus oil is a great essential oil for repelling parasites, especially fleas; fleas can’t stand the smell of eucalyptus oil. Many pet owner also claim success using eucalyptus oil to treat respiratory problems such as kennel cough and even treatment of tracheal collapse, (canine airway disease) by using eucalyptus oil in a diffuser or vaporizer for their dog. 

For tracheal collapse, people have had success treating their pups by putting several drops of eucalyptus oil in the bottom of the shower or tub and running the hot water while sitting in the bathroom with their dog for a minute so he/she can inhale the steam. You can read one such story here:

The benefits of eucalyptus oil are the following:

  • antiviral and anti-inflammatory
  • works as an expectorant
  • aids in relief of chest congestion
  • repels fleas

The right kind of eucalyptus oil can be very beneficial to dogs. As long as you’re using the proper dosage and administration then your pet should not have any adverse reactions.  

The recommended dosage for small dogs is to use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as V-6™Vegetable Oil Complex). For large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

Once you know the proper usage, dosage and how to administer eucalyptus oil to your dog, you will feel much better about being able to provide your fur baby with natural ways to help him/her without worrying about side effects and long term issues from the other more toxic treatments.

As with any essential oil, less is more. If your dog shows any of these side effects seek Veterinary attention immediately! 

  • Seizures
  • drowsiness
  • muscle weakness
  • shallow or rapid breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

Essential oils have many benefits for dogs and work wonders! It’s important to do your research, and not go essential oil crazy! Most importantly listen to your dog, watch out for signs that he/she doesn’t like the oil and monitor their behavior.

Remember to always seek the purest, highest quality oil for your pet, and introduce it to your pet slowly and with proper precautions. Essential oils are NOT safe for your dog to eat! NOT for oral ingestion! Keep out of your dogs reach! 

Please note that I am not a Veterinarian, and you should ALWAYS make sure you consult with yours before using any kind of essential oil on your pup! 

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Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil For Your Dog 

If you read yesterday’s post “Blossom’s Journey”, I mentioned that I use essential oils for her every day. Today I would like to discuss one of the oils I use that has wonderful benefits for her, lavender essential oil.

Essential oils are natural, fragrant chemical components of plants, and are usually extracted from the plant by a process known as distillation. Over the years, lab tests have helped us to understand the benefits for human use, and in recent years interest in essential oils has expanded to our furry companions.

Lavender oil has many beneficial properties and is widely used for a variety of reasons, it has been proven to sooth the central nervous system, and reduce a dog’s excitement as well as vocalization during vet visits, car and plane travel.

One of the most common behavior issues dog owners face is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety has been diagnosed in 20-40% of dogs today and they are usually given medications to control it. These medications have tons of possible side effects, such as agitation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Why cause further unpleasant problems for your pooch and yourself by adding side effects to an already difficult situation? Lavender essential oil amongst several other oils has been found to benefit dogs with separation anxiety without causing any ill effects.

Here is a list of some other benefits of using lavender oil for your dog:

  • helps allergies
  • aids in the healing of wounds and burns
  • relieves insomnia
  • reduces car sickness and anxiety
  • great anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic
  • helps skin irritations and itching
  • has astringent properties
  • repels fleas and ticks
  • reduces anxiety and nervousness
  • conditions dogs to a safe space

Lavender essential oil is a universal oil that can be used directly on your dog or diluted. Keep in mind that dogs are more sensitive to smells than we are so less is more when using the oil directly on your pooch. Also, keep in mind the size of your dog and use proper dosage.

For small dogs, it is best to dilute the oil due to it’s potency. You can simply dilute it in water, 3-5 drops of oil for every 4-5 drops of water. For medium to large dogs, dilution is unnecessary.

For flea and tick control, add a drop of the oil to the back of your dog’s neck and a drop to the base of the tail. You can also add 15 drops of lavender oil to a small spray bottle filled with water, and then just spray on your dog’s skin for flea/tick prevention, skin healing, or relaxation.

If you want to freshen dog bedding, just add a couple drops of lavender oil to your laundry soap when you do the wash. It can also be sprayed onto bedding, furniture or carpets to eliminate odors and keep fleas away.

Lavender oil can be diffused for aromatherapy in an oil diffuser throughout your home. You can also add several drops to a bandana and place it around your dog’s neck so they can inhale the smell. This will produce a calming sedative effect.

Most important to note is that this oil is not to be ingested! Make sure to wash your own hands well after use so your dog doesn’t lick it off you and PLEASE consult with your own Veterinarian before using any kind of essential oil on your dog! 

Even though lavender oil is considered to be the mildest most versatile essential oil, it is always crucial to introduce it to your pooch slowly and with proper precautions. This way, you can be sure that there will be no negative side effects and you will be helping your furry friend lead a more balanced natural life.

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Natural Flea & Tick Prevention Using Essential Oils

This is my dog Bailey. Yes, Bailey is a Pitbull, she’s 77 pounds of pure muscle, and the sweetest pile of mush you’ll ever meet! Bailey was rescued from a high kill shelter when she was dumped there because she was extremely sick with the deadly Parvovirus.

Thankfully, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up, pulled her from the horrid shelter, and got her the lifesaving medical care she needed. Today, Bailey is a happy healthy 3 year old.

What does Bailey have to do with fleas and ticks you might ask? Well Bailey is a tick magnet! That’s right! Every time she would step out into the yard during the Spring and Summer months I would have to pull off 4-5 ticks from her. Why isn’t Bailey on Frontline, or Advantix? Fact is she was, but she had horrible skin reactions to both when all the other dogs did fine on it.

Truth is chemical based products used in over the counter and Veterinarian prescribed flea and tick collars, sprays, and even the topical drops have been found to cause breathing problems, tremors, vomiting, skin irritations, permanent nerve damage and in some cases, even death. Some animals will experience hair loss and sores around the neck from flea collars or where the topical drops have been applied.

I had to find another flea and tick deterrent for Bailey. I did my research carefully, and spoke to my Veterinarian, and now all my dogs are treated with natural essential oil treatments instead!

Ticks really do not like essential oils. They search out pets and people by scent, so essential oils work not only by masking a dog’s scent, but some essential oils actually repel them. Rose Geranium oil is on the top of the list for repelling ticks, along with lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender. You can read the study here:

There are many essential oil recipes out there for fleas and ticks, for both human and dog use.

This is the recipe I use for my dogs. I do however not use a spray bottle I just rub it between my hands and apply it all over them. It also has a nice smell and makes your dogs coat shiny. Essential oils are also very healthy for their skin and coat, which I will get into another day.

If you prefer you can also use Rose Geranium oil, you can use that oil straight out of the bottle, no mixing required. Just place a drop at your dogs collar area and a drop at the base of their tail, that’s it! Works very well on people too. Just put a dab on your pulse points and behind your ears before you go out into the woods or hiking in areas where ticks are living.

Lavender oil is effective for killing ticks and fleas with a simple trick. Apply 2 – 3 drops of the essential oil on the back of your dog’s neck and a couple drops at the base of its tail. This will help control flea infestations. You can also spray it on the areas where flea infestations are troublesome.

Additionally you can add several drops to your laundry detergent when you wash your dogs bedding and even put a couple drops in your dogs shampoo. Not only does it smell wonderful but it keeps fleas and their eggs at bay. You can also put some drops in a spray bottle with water and spray carpeted areas.

I personally use lavender oil on myself and in my home to keep those pesky mosquitos from biting me. I place 3 drops in an oil diffusers that I have in my home and it keeps the mosquitoes away! I place the lavender oil directly on my pulse points, back of my neck, and on my ankles and it keeps me from getting bitten when I’m outside.

There are lots of options out there that are much safer for you and your dog than the chemical products. Do your research. There are lots of oils to choose from, you may like one scent over another. I do however want to again stress the importance of ALWAYS consulting your Veterinarian who knows your dog best.

DO NOT under and circumstance give your dog these oils orally. These are for topical use only! 

These are the brands I personally use. I purchase them from Amazon and the price is very reasonable compared to those chemical treatments. The 4oz bottles are a great size and include a dropper so you can easily measure out the correct amount.

I know this may seem like an overwhelming amount of information at once. I hope this was helpful to you. Please take some time to look into these things on your own and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Part of the reason I started this site is to help others by sharing what I have learned and try to simplify things for others by putting the information in one place.

Stay tuned to my blog for further information on essential oils. I will be discussing these highlighted oils individually in the near future, as they all have other wonderful benefits for dogs.