This post (and blog) is about dogs.  Please do not use the advice here to treat cats.  Thanks!

13 Essential Oil Recipes for Dogs

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March 18-24 is Poison Prevent Week and while most people think about protecting their pets from household chemicals, with all the talk about dog cancer, I began to think about the poisons we purposefully subject our dogs to daily.

Many dog shampoos contain toxic food colors (linked to cancer) and chemicals.  Products to help dogs with skin issues, anxiety and cracked paws are also suspect.  And chemical spot-on flea and tick repellents have been linked to brain damage, seizures and other nervous system disorders, thyroid issues, and cancers.

Many people are using spot-on products because their veterinarian and the product manufacturer are telling us that these chemicals are safe, but this isn't true.  I was reading an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine that left me floored.

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Dr. Dobozy of the EPA’s Pesticide Division has found that the active ingredient (fipronil) in Frontline remains in a pet’s system with the potential for nervous system and thyroid toxicity. Tests on laboratory animals resulted in thyroid cancer and altered thyroid hormones, liver and kidney toxicity, reduced fertility and convulsions. Frontline’s web site creates the impression that the product stays in the oil glands of the skin. But Dr. Dobozy’s study showed that, in fact, it does enter the body and the organ systems.” ~ Deva Khalsa VMD for Dogs Naturally Magazine

These spot-on treatments are resulting in brain damage, seizures and other nervous system disorders, thyroid issues, and cancer.

CLICK IMAGE to learn more ways to protect your dog from cancer.

 

These recipes call for high quality and safe essential oils.  Take care with the low-cost brands, they aren't always safe for humans or pets.  Many of these recipes call for a 16 ounce spray bottle or bottle; reduce the drops for smaller containers.

13 Essential Oils Recipes for Dogs

I use essential oils daily.  I use them to wake up, to boost my mood, to alleviate allergies, to stop a headache before it morphs into a migraine, soothe an upset tummy, remove hints of cellulite, and more.  It didn't take long for me to wonder what essential oils can do for my dogs.   Today, I make flea & tick repellent, shampoo, anxiety mist, paw balm, and more.

There are a lot of essential oils on the market, and in my research, I order oils from a brand who believes in sourcing quality, organic ingredients, making safe oils for all of us to use – Plant Therapy.  An investment in the oils can be intimidating. However, it didn't take me long that each bottle I order will probably last me a year because only a few drops are necessary to get the effect we need.

Here is a list of recipes that you can use to make products for your dogs.  Please note that although I have used these recipes with success, it's important that you do your research before delving into essential oils.

1 – DIY Dog Shampoo

I make dog shampoo because Zoey is sensitive to smells and many natural shampoos on the market are too strong for her.  It's also less expensive to make dog shampoo now that I have the right ingredients on hand.

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of castile soap
  • 4 tablespoons of carrier oil
  • 5 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Thieves
  • 2 drops of Roman Chamomile or Eucalyptus (not the same, but options I've used)
  • 2 drops of Rosemary
  • 2 drops of Lemongrass
  • 2 drops of Citronella
  • 1 drop of Cedarwood

I mix these ingredients in a mixing bowl, using a wire whisk, then pour the contents into a pump bottle.  Because this doesn't have a thickening agent, this will be a watery product that you can easily waste – the pump bottle controls the waste, pumping shampoo and foam into your hand that you can then massage into your dog's coat.

The oils that I chose for this recipe also work to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

CLICK HERE to order essential oils from Plant Therapy, this is where I get my oils because it's a family run company, they have organic oils, and this isn't an MLM (no membership or monthly orders).

2 – DIY Soothing Dog Shampoo

Use the same recipe above and swap out 4-5 ounces of water for 4-5 ounces of aloe vera.

3 – Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs

One of my friends told me about this a couple of weeks ago.  She stopped using flea and tick repellents and simply adds lavender oil to a bandanna that she ties around her dog's neck.  That's so simple.  I took inspiration from the flea & tick spray above to develop this recipe – which will make four collars.

  • 1 cup of water (double if your dog is sensitive to smell)
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil (for additional dilution)
  • 2 drops of Lavender
  • 1 drops of Citronella, Cedarwood, or Lemongrass

I mix these ingredients together in a bowl using a wire whisk, then soak cotton bandannas into the mixture and let dry in the sun.  This will work with dog collars too, but don't get the mixture on any plastic parts; some oils (specifically citrus oils) will degrade the plastic.

Once the collar is dry, it's ready to put around your dog's neck.  If your dog is sensitive to smell, you can also tie it to his or her harness before walks (get it away from their nose).

CLICK HERE to order essential oils from Plant Therapy

4 – Flea & Tick Repellent Spray

This recipe was inspired by what I know about repelling fleas naturally.  I know which scents they don't like so I used those in this product.  I've adapted the recipe since I first made it in May.

  • 5 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops of Cedarwood
  • 2 drops of Lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil
  • 12-16 ounce spray bottle (use a 16-ounce bottle if this mixture is too strong)

The more oils I use, the fewer drops I'll add to prevent the scent from becoming overwhelming.

5 – Dog Paw Balm

This recipe was inspired by research I did on what went into a paw balm; mostly, I made it up as I went along; please forgive the vague measurements.

  • 1 small glass (I used a shot glass that is shaped like a drinking glass)
  • 1 pot for heating up water
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax
  • 1-2 drops of Lavender
  • 1-2 drops of Frankincense

I added the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax to the glass and sat the glass in the pot (surrounded by water).  I heated the water on low and kept an eye on it.  Once the shea butter and coconut oil are melted (happens quickly), I stirred the contents until the beeswax melted.

I used pliers to lift the glass out of the pot, and I sat it on a towel the glass cooled (cools quickly).  I added two drops each of the essential oils.  Once I could handle the glass with my hand (a couple of minutes later), I poured everything into the containers (I used the travel size containers you can pick up at Target).

I set aside to cool, and I had paw balm a short time later.

6 – Calming Mist for Dogs (1)

This recipe was inspired by an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine:

  • 3 drops of Rosemary
  • 1 drops of Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drops of Lavender
  • Water
  • 8-ounce spray bottle

This one is easy.  I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I spray the mist around the dogs, not directly in their face.  Or I spray the mist into the palms of my hands and massage their neck, back, and chest t help them relax.  It works great on Zoey, which is surprising because she usually doesn't like the oils.

CLICK HERE to order essential oils from Plant Therapy

7 – Calming Mist for Dogs (2)

This recipe was inspired by my recipe above.

  • 2 drops of Cedarwood
  • 2 drops of Lavender
  • Water
  • 8-ounce spray bottle

This one is easy.  I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I spray the mist around the dogs, not directly in their face.  Or I spray the mist into the palms of my hands and massage their neck, back, and chest t help them relax.  It works great on Zoey, which is surprising because she usually doesn't like the oils.

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You can also add a spritz of the calming mist to a clothespin, attach it to your car air vent, and let it “diffuse” in the car on the way to the vet to relax your dogs.

8 – Dog Coat and Skin Conditioner

If you have a dog with dry, itchy skin, I recommend taking a look at your dog's diet, adding Bonnie & Clyde fish oil and FullBucket Daily Canine Powder to meals, and using this easy essential oils recipe:

  • 5 drops of Lavender
  • 3 drops of Roman Chamomile
  • 3 drops of Frankincense
  • 3 drops of vitamin E
  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil

I mix the ingredients together in a measuring cup or bowl, then pour into a glass dropper bottle or roller ball bottles. This is another option for dry paws, and I use it to soothe dry skin on the tummy.

CLICK HERE to order essential oils from Plant Therapy

9 – Soothe a Dog's Muscle Aches

Sydney and I are working to lose weight together.  Scout is our most active dog and will often overdo it if we're not careful.  I created this mixture to help with their aches and pains – it works quickly, and I can use it too.

  • 2-3 drops of Copaiba
  • 3 drops of Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon of carrier oil

I add my oils to a glass roller ball bottle.  When one of our dogs are exhibiting signs of sore muscles, I rub the roller bottle on the area and gently massage the area.  I've noticed that they feel better within 10 to 15 minutes.

10 – Soothing a Dog's Upset Tummy

Does your dog have gas?  Is your dog suddenly dying to race outside and eat every blade of grass in the yard?  When this happens at my house, it's because the dogs ate something they shouldn't have and now they have an upset tummy.

If you experience this with your dog, I recommend a change in diet, the addition of a digestive supplement, and this trick that works wonders for Rodrigo.

  • 2-3 drops of Tarragon, Ginger, Juniper, or Lemongrass (or make a larger roller and include 1 drop of each)
  • 3 drops of Peppermint (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of carrier oil

I add my oils to a glass roller ball bottle.  When Rodrigo has an upset tummy, I rub the roller ball on the skin of his belly (it only takes a small amount) and massage the oil in with my hands.  With the rest of the oil on my hands, I stroke Rodrigo's spine.  It works wonders, and I've noticed an immediate improvement.

11 – Calm Anxious or Over Excited Dogs

With the Fourth of July around the corner, I checked my essential oils stock to confirm that I have two MUST HAVE oils on hand.  It's been difficult to convince J that he only needs a drop, and he went through one oil in less than 2 weeks!!!

  • 1 drops of Cedarwood, Lavender, Copaiba, and Vanilla
  • A Diffuser
  • Water

I add my oils to the water in the diffuser and turn it on; the dogs will be chilling out (and possibly sleeping) in less than 30 minutes.  It's HEAVEN and it freshens the air!!!  Much safer than scented candles or plugins.

CLICK HERE to order essential oils from Plant Therapy, this is where I get my oils because it's a family run company, they have organic oils, and this isn't an MLM (no membership or monthly orders).

12 – Immune System Mist for Dogs

This recipe was inspired by my calming mist and what I've learned about essential oils to date.

  • 3 drops of Frankincense
  • 3 drops of Lavender
  • Water
  • 16-ounce spray bottle

I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I mist around the dogs (not directly in their face), or I spray the mist into the palm of my hands and massage their neck, back, and chest area.  I also diffuse this mix of oils in a large room (never in a confined space).

13 – Ear Cleaner

I woke up this morning and remembered that I forgot about one recipe that Sydney's veterinarian gave me a couple of weeks ago.  Sydney's ears were red, very dirty, and scratched.  Signs of an impending ear infection that I thought would call for a prescription.  Nope!

  • Mix Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide (50/50) into a spray bottle
  • Mist the mixture inside of the ear and ear canal and let set for 10 minutes
  • Wipe out dirt
  • Sooth ear with coconut oil

I repeated this ritual daily until Sydney's ear cleared up; I saw improvements in less than 48 hours.

 

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We use a lot of products around our home and quickly forget that they eventually settle on our floors and furniture where our pets spend a lot of time.  They're soaking in toxins that can lead to cancer that we're bringing into the home – CLICK HERE to learn more about protecting your dog from cancer. 

Not all essential oils are created equal so you need to do your homework and find a company that works for you.  I now choose not to buy from MLM brands because I don't like feeling obligated to buy oils every month – I can't afford it.  Instead, I order essential oils from Plant Therapy, a company that was recommended by several raw feeders and experts in canine health and nutrition whom I respect and trust.

I have been so happy with their oils.  They offer many safe oils, organic oils, and they're at a price that I can afford.  I love them so much that I kind of went nuts during a daily holiday special they hosted the month of December.

I use essential oils daily for myself and with my dogs.  It saves me money and it helps all of us.

 

This post shares my personal experience with essential oils.  This post (and blog) is about dogs.  Please do not use the advice here to treat cats.  Thanks!

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