Animals and oils: What you need to know [Infographic]

51 March 8, 2017 - Essential Oils, Essential Oils and Pets, How to Use Essential Oils, Infographics, Sharing Essential Oils, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

When we say that essential oils can be enjoyed by the whole family, that includes Bingo and Whiskers. There are just a few things that you need to keep in mind to make sure your fur (or scale, or wool, or feather, or hairless) babies stay safe and enjoy all the benefits YL oils have to offer.

Pets and Animals Infographic - Young Living

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We want to hear about the animals in your life! Tell us their name and story and how you use essential oils on them.

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  • Nicole Harrell

    My cat is showing signs of hyperthyroidism. Possibly causing heart problems.
    What is a safe treatment to use with her?

    • Young Living

      Hello Nicole, We are sorry to hear about the medical challenges your cat is currently facing. Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue. We hope your cat heals quickly! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I’m looking for oils for cats to use against ticks.

    • Young Living

      Hello Nancy, At this time we do not have any products labeled as tick repellent. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nancy Riggins

    Is it safe to diffuse oils in a house with pet rats? My son has pet rats in his room, which is right off the living/dining area where my diffuser is. Are there any oils that could harm them? Sure don’t want to do anything to hurt those little ones 🙂

    • Meg

      Hi Nancy! I also have pet rats and i have found that they are just a responsive to the oils as any other animal. my rex hairless loves her balm that i made to help with dry skin! i dilute them similar to the cat option above when applying directly. I diffuse oils in the house often so they are very used to them by now, i just avoid the use of the “spicy” oils.

  • Timberly

    I’m trying to find out what oils would work for my dogs to keep ticks off. We live in Northern Minnesota and the ticks are out already. We have two 6 mo old springer spaniel pups and a German Shepard mix 2 yrs old. Thanks for any help!

    • Young Living

      Hi Timberly, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Racheal

    I have used citrus oils with my cat and nothing bad happened.

    • JAN COLLINS

      If I understand research I’ve read, it can cause liver failure, but I don’t know if that is something over time that begins to happen. Possibly a person wouldn’t know right away what it’s doing slowly internally. I just had to move into my 29 ft travel trailer with 2 dogs and a cat, and I’m use to diffusing all the time but what I’ve read said to at least always have a door open from the room you diffuse so a cat can go elsewhere. Not possible in my trailer, so don’t know what to do. I’m still researching but just wanted to suggest not diffusing oils that are in question for a cat until you know if it’s doing internal damage that might not be noticed for a while.

      • Young Living

        Hello Jan, As every animal is different we would suggest diffusing small amounts for short periods of time (5 minutes every 1-3 times daily) and observing how the animal responds before increasing the amount and time. Special caution should be exercised when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils and high-phenol oils. If you are in a small space, such as a trailer, we do recommend seeking the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals prior to diffusing oils. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Leung

    Can cat use purification oil or any blends oils, even Animal Scents collection products if the ingredients including tea tree or other EO should harmful for the cat?

    • Young Living

      Hi Leung, Special caution should be exercised when using essential oils with cats. Cats are generally averse to citrus essential oils and high-phenol oils. For a list of high-phenol oils, please contact productsupport@youngliving.com.

  • Carol Herman

    Hi Michelle, we have two little Yorkies, two years old November 2016, each about five pounds, will a drop be OK for each one. They can’t seem to settle into sleep, we think they are aware of a rabbit under the deck.

  • Thanks for another excellent post. Where else can anyone get this kind of information in such a perfect approach of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am searching for some more information.|

    • Hey Lachelle! We pride ourselves in giving the best ideas and usages in the essential oil industry, but on our blog there are other posts on how to use essential oils to help the wellness of animals. We also have a product guide on the Young Living website that can provide more insight into animal products and their uses. Thanks for stopping by and we hope this helped and that your presentation goes well!

  • Linda Kerley

    Thank you for such vital info. Our animals are our family and we want the best for them. Young Living oils are truly Godly oils to be used daily. They are the fruits of earth.

  • Young Living

    Hello Mandi, We are sorry to hear about your son’s dog. Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Young Living

    Hi Sherry, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Becky hamilton

    Thank you Karen!!!!

  • Taelor Mayo

    I have looked everywhere but cannot seem to find any information on oils with rabbits, does anyone have any information on that?

  • Looking for summer itch skin relief for a donkey.
    He scratches his ears on tree branches and makes them bleed.
    Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Joan, We suggest reviewing the Animal Scents™ blends or other essential oil products. Please discuss these products further with your veterinarian for specific recommendations for your donkey. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Holly

    Anyone use EO on/around goats? I have 5 nannies about a year old that hate loud noises. They run as far away as they can get and have tried to jump the fence before to get away. I’m concerned about them getting hurt. Also something for ticks and flies would be great for them.

    • To calm them in spite of loud noises, please use Peace + Calming oil on their withers, hooves, and behind ears.

      For ticks and flies: Please use Purification oil.

  • Lisa Excell

    Can I assume that the animal scents ointment is safe to use on all animals…specifically cats?

  • Jackie

    I have a small dog who has bladder control problems and will have accidents in the house. Has anyone had success using oils for this issue?

  • Margaret Carwin

    Many thanks for these very informative accounts of successful use of YLEO on large and small pets. This is the only place I have seen members share such helpful experiences.

  • Young Living

    Hi Sara, We suggest reviewing the Animal Scents™ blends or other essential oil products. Please discuss the use of these products further with your veterinarian for specific recommendations for your dog. You can purchase V-6™ Oil Complex in your Virtual Office by going to ‘Quick Order’ and searching for the product by name. If you need further assistance with placing an order, please contact our Member Services at 1-800-371-3515. Thanks for stopping by with your questions!

  • Elaine Etheredge

    I use peace and calming on a bandana for our older dog. He gets very anxious during thunderstorms and any time the neighbors decide what to shoot fireworks. Sully is a German shepherd/lab mix and about 10 years old. Both p/c and p/c2 work. He usually chills down and takes a nice long nap.

  • Shirley Rustman

    Mary Jo, how often do you spray your animals?

  • Emmie

    Is there any oils you would suggest that could help a cat with her pancreatitis symptoms? I know I cannot cure it, I am just looking to see if there is anything that may help/make her feel a little better and where to apply.

    Thank you

    • Young Living

      Hi Emmie, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Olga Dorf

    I’ve seen a raindrop on a dog in a class I attended. It was performed by a veterinarian. I came home and performed to raindrops on my two dogs. And they seem to love it and lay down and relax for hours. It also made me relax because of all the oils that were soaking into my hands. My question is at the top graphic of this post it says do not use oil’s that are high in phenols on Dogs..A lot of the oil’s that are in the raindrop technique such as peppermint and Wintergreen are hiring phenols. So, is it safe and recommended to do raindrop on your dog?

    • Young Living

      Hi Olga, In general, it is recommended to avoid using hot oils or high phenol oils on animals. However, very large animals, such as horses, are usually less sensitive than smaller animals such as cats or dogs. If you wish to use these oils on a horse or other large animal, please remember to dilute the oil as directed on the product label. Then patch test on a small area first to ensure it is diluted appropriately for the sensitivity of the animal. If you have further concerns, we recommend that you seek the advice of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals.

  • Janet Rutledge

    I diffused like crazy (still do) in my kitchen when I first got my oils. After a few months I read that I needed to be cautious with diffusing around my birds. Well, his cage is about 15 feet from my diffuser and he seems to enjoy it. My cocketiel is 17 years old. My cat rubs his face on mine after I have applied oils and he sleeps on my bed with 2 diffusers going all night–he doesn’t budge. Stinker.

  • Marsha Dillon

    I use Taway and Lavender on my female Jack Russell Terrier. I use coconut oil as a carrier oil and rub it all over her. She is a rescue dog around 2 and has very bad anxiety and separation anxiety. This has helped her so much. I’m very grateful and appreciative of the many ways Young Living has helped our entire family.

  • Nadine

    Our Puggle has a sensitive stomach and it seems to rev up at bedtime. She would run around the bedroom licking her lips and making lots of noise. I started using Peppermint oil on her belly each night before bed. I pick up the bottles and she comes running! I rub a couple drops of Peppermint in my hands and rub her tummy. Yes, Peppermint is a hot oil but she loves it and it doesn’t bother her. She hasn’t had a problem since.

    When it comes to my horse, I make my own anti-itch spray and fly spray. She smells yummy and is soft and less itchy. I am going to play with the fly spray “recipe” this year and see if I can make it even better. I use a capful of Thieves household cleaner when I scrub my horses 250-gallon water tub.

    • Robin Reichardt

      Nadine what is the fly recipe you are using–I have cattle but if the will close enough I want to use a spray bottle for this.

    • Debbie

      I would love to know your recipe! My friend is VERY chemical sensitive, and raises and trains for trail riding.

  • Debbie B

    Our 3-year old Blue Heeler was having a really anxious day yesterday, barking, whining all day. I rubbed a drop of T-away between my palms, stroked it down her back and at the base of her ears. At first she was rolling around like she was trying to rub that tiny amount off, but then she calmed down, and no more anxiety, she was totally chill the rest of the day and evening!

  • Aimee

    We have a nervous dachshund who likes to chew at herself. We have been applying lavender to her paws and it seems to have calmed her right down. We have also started making all of her shampoo to with the oils and she loves it… We are very grateful.

    • Ann

      What is your recipe for her shampoo? I’m not a fan of the shampoo we’ve been using on our dog and would love to make one using oils.

  • Young Living

    Hi Ldm, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Young Living

    Hi Paula, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Cecile

    I have now received my long waited for T-Away and can’t wait to see how it supports my 3 cats!

  • Brenna

    Can you please share your horse fly recipe??! My mom wants to use the oils for her horse but she’s unsure of what is safe and a tried and true recipe would really help her. Thanks so much!!

  • Jewel

    Michelle, I would love to know what you did. My guy has been suffering for almost 5 months now.

  • SuzieR

    I have two female rescue dogs River (66lb) and Luna (73 lbs) They are a lab – Sheppard mix and a year old. I saw on the news you can use Juniper to help dogs by putting it in their bath to help with relieving toxins? Only thing is my dogs are so big we wash them in the back yard with the hose not the bath tub. Is there other ways we can use Juniper Essential Oil to help them?

    • Young Living

      Hi SuzieR, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of an animal’s body, including ailments or injuries for your animal. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a veterinarian on your specific issue.

  • Mary Stanford

    What is the blend?

  • Erin Smith

    I use Stress away on my horses and myself before we go in the show ring. I love how it helps us to focus and work as a team. I just rub a drop behind each ear and a drop on the belly button of my horse andrawn he visibly relaxes. One of my favorite blends!

  • Angelica

    What is the youngest age to use on a dog?

    • Young Living

      Hi Angelica, Essential oil usage should be avoided with puppies. We recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals.

  • Kathleen Wells

    I’m a Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner and use YL Essential Oils in my practice. The oils support animals’ bodies, minds, spirits and energy fields like no other, in a theraputic way. Check out Healing Touch for Animals.com to learn how you too can use and apply EOs to help your animals.

    • Young Living

      Hi Kelly, K&B™ is formulated for human use. We recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals concerning your lab. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Cynthia Cole

    I drove cross country (CA to NC) with my cat, using Peace & Calming to keep him relaxed while we drove 8+ hours each day. It worked like a charm! We would apply 3 times throughout the day. I cannot imagine that trip without this great blend of oils!

  • Marilynne S Manfredi

    I’m doing a lot of research on using EOs with pets. There are many holistic veterinarians who discuss how they use oils in their practice. Fascinating! One is the basic Raindrop Technique which uses Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, and Peppermint. This was created by Gary Young for humans, but holistic veterinarians are using it successfully with dogs, horses, and other animals. The oils are diluted in the V-6 Oil first for Cats and smaller animals. I have used this technique on my small dog with no negative responses.

  • Veronica Tann

    This is a question…you say not to use on sensitive areas. Does that mean just the oils…or…does that mean the ointment too?
    I had a live chat & said the ointment would be good for areas that Tabatha (my grand daughter’s cat) had licked to the point that there was bare areas of fur.
    I would really appreciate a reply…to clarify.

    • Young Living

      Hi Veronica, We recommend following the directions listed on the Animal Scents™ Ointment. If you have further concerns, we recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oils use on animals.

  • Jackie

    How do I use Puriclean on my dogs? I have a mini Schnauzer and a mini cockapoo. My husband sprays them with chemicals and I don’t like it so that’s why I bought Puriclean.

    • Terry

      Tammy gave her fly spray recipe above.

      • Julie

        I believe that is Mary Jo’s recipe, not Tammy’s. Worth a try, though!

  • Lisa garven

    Bella ( black golden retriever)has been brought up on oils. She gets new dog treats every week. She loves those. Everyone one wants to know how I get her coat so shiny but that is my secret. Ha.

  • Corri

    Our fur baby is a dog. Her name is Lily. She’s a 7 lb yorkiepoo. She loves the smell of animal scents. I have used lavender to keep her from taking her bandage off of her foot. I have applied animal scents to pad of her feet.

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