How to Use Essential Oils for Pets

Most animals are more sensitive to essential oils than humans.  It is important to understand how to properly dilute and apply essential oils to your pet.

How to Use Essential Oils for Pets:

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.

  • Every animal is different, so be careful to observe how each animal responds to the oils.

  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.

  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.

  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

For difference sizes of animals:

  • For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, 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 larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

  • For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

Where to apply essential oils:

  • For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.

  • For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.

  • Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.

  • For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.

  • Animal Scents™ Ointment can be used to seal and protect areas where essential oils have been applied topically.


Young Living offers a full line of animal-specific products.

Free of dangerous chemicals, these essential oil-infused pet products are safe and healthy for your furry friends!