Most animals are more sensitive to the effects of essential oils than humans. They often seem to have a natural affinity to the healing influence of the essential oils. Adjust dosage proportionately, based on the animal’s body weight. If the protocol for a human being at about 160 lbs. calls for 3-5 drops, then a horse at 1,600 lbs or more could use as much as 10 times that amount. While a dog at 16 lbs would need as little as one-tenth that amount. Generally speaking, if you have never put oils on an animal before, you should start carefully, applying them only to the feet, paws, or hooves (on the frog and coroner band) on the feet of the horse. (I rub them on the coat by petting-TAB)
How Much Should I use?
In case of cats and small dogs, essential oils should ALWAYS be diluted before applying, because they are actually MORE sensitive to the Biochemical’s in the oils than humans. Be careful to avoid high Phenol oils, such as oregano and thyme, on cats because they can be extremely sensitive to these stronger oils. They should only be used in high rates of dilution (90%) and the diluted oils should only be applied to the paws.
For small animals (cats and small dogs) Apply 3-5 drops of diluted (80-90%) oil Mixture per a application. For faster absorption apply (neat or diluted) on the paws. For larger animals (Large dogs): apply 3-5 drops neat (dilute if using oils high
In phenol) per application. (My dogs don’t like it on the feet so I pet it on the coat-TAB)
When treating animals with essential oils internally, make certain the oils are pure and free of chemicals solvents, and adulterants. For ingestion, the essential oils can be put into a capsule and mixed with the animals food. A few drops could be added to gravy on food when administering to dogs & cats. (I would start with 1/2 a drop or a toothpick size drop and always with food. You can put it in milk or water and give it with an eye dropper-TAB)
Other Helpful Hints:
When treating large animals for viral or bacterial infections, arthritis, or bone
Injury, generally use the same oils and protocol recommended for humans.
Apply to open wounds it helps to put the oils in a spray bottle, dilute the oils
with V-6 and spray the mixture directly on the location or just drop the oil
on. After applying to an open wound, cover the would with AnimalScents
Ointment to seal and protect it from further infection. It also prevents
the essential oils from evaporating.
(Use Special Caution with Cats:)
Cats metabolize things very differently from dogs and other animals.
Certain oils are potentially toxic to cats and could result in injury or even
Death, if applied incorrectly. For example, cats generally have adverse
Reactions to citrus products, and citrus oils are sometimes used to deter cats from frequenting an area. Also, cats are very sensitive to strong odors. A safe alternative, when in doubt, would be to mist them lightly with floral water. Consulting with a veterinarian is a good policy before applying oils to cats
Cat 1/4 tsp daily
Small Dog 1/2 tsp daily
Medium Dog 1 tsp daily
Large Dog 1 tbsp daily
Jumbo Dog 3 tbsp daily
Cat 1/4 tsp daily
Small Dog 1/4 tsp daily
Medium Dog 1/2 tsp daily
Large Dog 1 tsp daily
Jumbo Dog 1 tbsp daily
Cat 1/2 tablet per meal
Small Dog 1/2 tablet per meal
Medium Dog 1 tablet per meal
Large Dog 2 tablets per meal
Jumbo Dog 3 tablets per meal
Detoxzyme – 2 hours post meal
Capsules per meal:
Small Dog 2
Medium Dog 2
Large Dog 3
Jumbo Dog 3
For small animals: (cats and small dogs) Apply 3-5 drops DILUTED
(80-90%) oil mixture per application.
Essential Oils First Aid Kit for Animals:
Animal Scents Ointment: it is designed to cover and seal and disinfect
infected wounds and seal in essential oils.
Copaiba: for bruising and soreness on small animals
Exodus II: for infection, inflammation; to promote tissue regeneration.
Helichrysum: as a topical anesthetic.
Idaho Tansy: is one of the most versatile oils for animals. It is
purifying, cleansing, tissue-regenerating, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, and is used for bruised bones, cuts, wounds, and e-coli. It repels flies.
Lavender: for tissue regeneration and desensitizing the wound
Laurel: for bruising and soreness.
Melrose: for disinfecting and cleaning wounds.
Mountain Savory: for reducing inflammation.
Myrrh: for infection, inflammation; to promote tissue regeneration.
Ocotea: for brusing and soreness on large animals. (Good for blood sugar control-TAB)
PanAway: as a pain killer if the pain originates from a broken bone rather than an open wound; make sure there is no visible, open,raw tissue. Note: Do not apply PanAway to open wounds because it will sting and traumatize the animal. Instead, use Helichrysum and Idaho Balsam Fir to reduce bleeding and pain.
Purification: is more effective than using iodine or hydrogen peroxide for washing
and cleansing wounds, It also repels ticks and mites.
Chamomile Roman: for tissue regeneration and desensitizing wounds.
Thieves: for inflammation, infections, bacteria, and proud flesh (a condition
where new tissue continues to rebuild itself, causing excessive granulation)
and to promote tissue regeneration. Also you can dilute the Thieves HouseHold
Cleanser to wash out the wound if it is dirty.
Valerian: can be used internally and externally for controlling pain
Vetiver: can be used internally and externally for controlling pain.
Ortho Ease to dilute essential oils with and act as a pain-reliever
an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic.
Other Oils to Use Are:
Gentle Baby (for birthing), Geranium and Helichrysyum together for bleeding.
Peace & Calming, DiGize, R.C. Lemongrass, Melaleuca (M. Alternifolia), Clove,
Frankincense,Rosemary, Sandalwood, Trauma Life,Purification,Melrose, Relieve It,
ImmuPower. Most any oil that works with humans works on animals. Just pay
attention to what is going on and dilute when needed.
10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Valerian
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops clove
Using the Raindrop Oils:
For Small dogs and cats use the Kitty RDT mixture. That is taking 4 drops each of
oregano, thyme, basil, cypress, wintergreen, marjoram, and peppermint and
add to 1 oz V-6 and mix. Then drip up the spine and feather in. Prior to doing
the RDT take Valor and apply in hands 2-3 drops and rubbing your hand together
then place over the shoulder and rump area.
Varying amounts of drops applied, based on the size of the dog is generally followed.
For small dogs less than 20 lbs, often only 2-3 drops each of undiluted RDT oils are
used. (I like using the Kitty RDT for small dogs). Medium dogs over 20-50 lbs. 3-5
Drops. Large dogs 50 lbs and over 6-8 drops.
When apply the oil each at a time do the feathering stroke,alternating 3″ strokes
From tail to head. Repeat 3 times. Making sure you do not get any oils near the eyes.
If dog does not stand still do longer strokes. After applying oregano and thyme add
V-6 and stroke that in. Now you can do the rest of the oils in the same fashion.
Basil, cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, and Peppermint. Peppermint is last to drive
the oils in. If it is done in cold weather you may want to omit the peppermint for small
or sensitive dogs.
Vita Flex is last. With your thumbs or your fingers – from the base of the tail to the
top of the head. Repeat each step three times if possible.
Information provided here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice.