Young Living Oils for Pets

Young Living essential oils for pets
We love our fur and feather babies and consider them family members. We try to provide the best care, feed them healthy foods, give them lots of exercise, training and safe pet sitting.

Essential oils can be used on animals much the same way they are used with humans. It is recommended that you ALWAYS follow a veterinarian’s care when diagnosing specific conditions.

Important Note: Young Living essential oils are extremely potent and must always be used with great care and caution.

To use essential oils safely with pets it is suggested to read how the oils are used with humans. Always keep in mind their weight and size when determining how many drops to use along with a carrier oil.

For instance, a 3 pound dog will certainly need a much more diluted mixture – perhaps 1 drop of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. While a 100 pound dog can be given a less diluted mixture, but no more than 2 drops of essential oil. It is always best if you start with a more diluted mixture and observe how the individual pet responds.

Never exceed 2 drops of Young Living essential oil on a pet unless advised by your veterinarian.

To Summarize…

  • Always consult a veterinarian whenever there is a health issue
  • Dilute your Young Living essential oils with a carrier oil when using them topically
  • Consider the size of the animal – smaller animals will ALWAYS use less essential oils
  • Always use a carrier oil with essential oils on your pets
  • Always use caution when diffusing oils around your pets – especially in small, enclosed rooms.  They can be very sensitive to scents.

Do Not Use with pets…

  • Using products and supplements that contain xylitol (a sweetener) as it can cause low blood sugar and liver toxicity in pets, unlike with humans which is safe.
  • Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil is not recommended for dogs and cats.
  • Do not use peppermint essential oil on open wounds (for humans and pets)


  • Do NOT use Melaleuca (Tea Tree) on cats, dogs, or birds no matter how diluted. They can be quite toxic to pets.
  • A cat’s liver processes essential oils differently than a human or dog liver. Therefore, it is wise to use extremely diluted mixtures with cats.
  • AVOID Melaleuca and ALL citrus essential oils completely.
  • Dogs, cats, and birds have a keen sense of smell – never leave an animal in an enclosed room with a diffuser running for longer than 10 minutes.
  • Never put essential oils in a fish tank
  • Never put essential oils (even diluted) on or near eyes, nose, or into the ear
  • Never force essential oils on any pet
  • Always dilute essential oils with a high quality carrier oil
  • Never try to dilute essential oils with water – ALWAYS dilute with a carrier oil

Create a Pet First Aid Care Kit
For those interested in creating an essential oil first aid kit for pets, here is a list of 11 essential oils that are quite useful for topical application:

  • Thieves blend highly antibacterial, minor skin issues, cuts, wounds and dental concerns. This blend is safe for puppies and kittens, always dilute more for the little one’s.
  • Melrose blend when used topically in conjunction with the blends R.C. and Raven Melrose provides respiratory support. It can also be used for minor skin issues if Thieves cannot be tolerated.
  • Di-Gize blend the gastrointestinal system responds well to this blend. Nutmeg or Ginger can also be added to Di-Gize for additional support. Di-Gize has also been used successfully with colic in horses. Used topically.
  • Purification blend useful for external parasites such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
  • Raven blend topically utilized for respiratory and urinary tract support. Raven is more powerful than R.C. and has essential oils not found in the latter. Combined, R.C. and Raven are highly effective.
  • M-Grain blend provides topical relief from head discomfort resulting from sinus pressure.
  • R.C. blend ideal for topical respiratory and urinary support. R.C. is practical for cats that require bladder fortification, which does not respond to conventional therapy (it can be combined with Raven for additional support).
  • PanAway blend with osteoarthritis common in older pets, topically PanAway is valuable for relieving discomfort and relaxing muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This blend can be used alone or in conjunction with other YL essential oils that aid in general discomfort. Using a moist towel over the area increases the effectiveness of the essential oils.
  • Peace & Calming blend can be used topically to calm your pet. If your pet has separation anxiety or fear, anxiety, stress or other similar conditions, Peace & Calming is perfect. If an injury is present, Peace & Calming can also help relax a pet enough so that other treatments can be administered. This blend is also useful for cats who are resistant to other forms of treatment for urinary problems or excessive grooming resulting from stress.
  • Palo Santo can provide topical relief from muscle and joint aches. Palo Santo also makes a terrific insect repellant, and can be used to dislodge an embedded tick (move hair back, apply one drop Palo Santo directly on the tick, wait a few minutes and the tick should either dislodge and/or be easily pulled off).