DIY: Young Living Product Tips for Pets

2 September 25, 2013 - Archive

Young Living Essential Oils and Pets

In many households, a pet is a significant member of the family. Therefore, our pets’ health and well-being is a priority. Just like humans, our four-legged friends need proper hygiene, a healthy diet, and extra care when becoming ill. The health-supporting benefits of Young Living’s essential oils can considerably contribute to your pets’ quality of life.

The most effective and easiest way to keep your pet’s coat in tip-top condition is by using Animal Scents™ Shampoo. Imbued with the power of citronella, lavandin, lemon, and geranium, our pet shampoo gently cleanses, protects, and conditions without harmful ingredients.

For those situations when your pet is contending with fleas, we have included a do-it-yourself  anti-flea spray recipe that will help you keep those pesky fleas far from your animal.


What you need:

16-oz. glass spray bottle (we recommend a dark amber glass spray bottle)

1 drop of Cedarwood essential oil   

1 drop of Thyme essential oil 

½ cup of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex     


Add ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine. Lightly spray on your pet when needed.

Tips for Massaging Your Pets with Essential Oils

To enhance your grooming regimen and deepen your relationship with your pet, why not add a relaxing massage to your routine?

Follow these steps for the massage:

  • Invite your pet to lie down.
  • Start by stroking the areas you already know your pet enjoys.
  • As your pet relaxes, start using long strokes. This will relax him/her even more.
  • Once your pet stretches out, you know he/she is ready for the massage.
  • If you would like to use V-6, then put a couple of drops on your fingertips.
  • Begin with the head and with circular motions, gently work your fingertips over the entire body.
  • Use small, soft movements with cats and small dogs and larger movements with bigger animals.
  • The time invested is very insignificant to the pay off. With a cat or small dog, it will only take a couple of minutes. With larger breeds, it may take 10 minutes to finish the massage.

Once your pet is completely relaxed, it is a great time to brush or comb from head to tail. Just a few minutes a couple of times a week will not only keep your pet well-groomed and happy, but you will also recognize if any mood or physical changes need to be addressed with your vet.

When using Young Living products on your pets, remember size and physiology make them more sensitive to the effects of essential oils. Here is why:

  • Most pets have a greater sense of smell
  • Cats and small dogs have a low body weight
  • Cats have thinner skin that allows essential oils to be easily and quickly absorbed in their bloodstream
  • Cats’ livers do not function like humans or dogs. Bottom-line: less is better for a cat.

As with infants and toddlers, we advise care when administrating essential oils on your pets.

We would love to hear from you. Please share your experiences and ideas about the benefits of using essential animals on your pets.

—Gloria Russo, YL Product Marketing Manager



  • Jen

    Is frankincense safe to use topically on dogs?

    • Young Living

      Hi Jen, Essential oils can be safely and effectively shared with your animal friends. 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. For more information on how to utilize the Young Living® products for your animals, please visit Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How-To. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Julee

    I read in another one of your blogs (A Quick-How-To) that we should not use Thyme essential oil on our pets. I have read in other sources that is true as well. Yet, it is in your flea recipe. Can you clarify what is safe?

    • Young Living

      Hello Julee, Excellent question! Due to the low concentration of Thyme in the recipe there should be no adverse affects to your pet. If you have further concerns, we recommend speaking with a competent, trained veterinarian with knowledge and experience with essential oil use on animals. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mary Baxa

    how to cure ear infections in dogs with EO?

    • Hi Mary, We’re sorry to hear about your dog’s ear infections. Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels. 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 the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury for your animal friend. 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. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Rebecca

    Hi please advise if the EO is advisable to be massaged into the paws for puppies as I saw some advise that we are not recommended to do so. thanks !

  • Eugeniya Hilzinger

    As mentioned in this post, pets don’t like strong smells.

    Dogs know what they need. My dog licks my hands, if she likes essential oil I just touched, and turns away if the smell is too much for her..

    Generally, we use the same oils/blends for dogs, as we use for people, only prorate to their weight, and diluted, if necessary..

  • Amy Bissell

    Well I am not positive for dogs but I do know what works great for me and my family when ever we get an ear infection we rub Melrose and Lavender around the outside of our ear as need for the pain and inflammation we never even have to consider taking antibiotics

  • Leesa Yates Black

    No one ever mentions ear infections, and my dog has them frequently. I would love to know an oil combo for ear infections and skin infections. I believe both are yeast based.

    • Krissy

      Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals – available on Amazon. It has pet safe recipes in it.

      • Leesa Yates Black

        Thank you!!

    • Sara

      I’ve had an ear spray recipe available in my book for several years now…it is so effective that Dr. Melissa Shelton DVM has used it in her clinic and put it in her book. We have also found it to be fabulous on hot spots and some people have used it for their own pain and found fantastic relief. It is available on Amazon “Natural Health Care For Your Four-Legged Friends Using Essential Oils and supplements”

    • Ume

      Young Living’s Purification is great for ear infections, not only in humans but in dogs as well. My yellow lab is very prone to ear infections and I take a spoonful of coconut oil and add around four drops of Purification and Lavender and mix it together in a glass jar that way I can use it when needed. I take a cotton ball and apply some of the mixture on the ear just above the ear canal and all the way down the back of his ear, but make sure to never apply the oils directly into the ear canal. I do this for several days and it clears right up. I also take moist cotton balls and clean the ear a little before applying. Hope this helped!

    • Michelle

      Ume I am curious when you say spoonful for the coconut oil is that a TBS or more? I have a client that is having terrible issues with ear infections in her Maltese and the antibiotics is apparently not working because the poor little thing keeps getting the infection right back again. I love my purification and lavender but never thought to mix for ear infection so I found your post very exciting. Thanks for the information!

    • Cheryl

      I’ve used 2 blends for ears, either/or…Purification and Thieves…with good success. Diluted with a little coconut oil. For skin, lavender and frankincense diluted; or Infectaway and animal scents ointment work well.

  • Karen

    Natural ingredients are always the BEST! We so far don’t have a flea problem, Thank God! Fleas can make the home a problem also with the flea bombs!

  • Linda

    My cat would be totally angry if I sprayed v-6 on her ! Any other options ?

    • Flavia

      Hey Linda, how about instead of spraying the v-6 on her, you spray it in your own hands rub your hands together along with the oil of your choice let the oils be absorbed a little in your hands and then pet her normally? At least that is how i am thinking of doing for my cats…good luck!

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