Essential Oils for Dogs

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs

Essential oils are good to have for the treatment of a wide variety of dog health problems – from flea infestations, motion sickness, to arthritis, and more. Note that not all essential oils are safe for our pets. This page gives you a list of some safe and beneficial essential oils that you can use on your dogs.

So you want to try using essential oils on your dog, but there are so many essential oils! Not sure which ones to choose from? Unsure which oils are safe for your dog? This page will give you information on some safe and useful essential oils for dogs, what they are effective for, as well as some guidelines for buying essential oils.

There are quite a few essential oils for dogs that are safe for use, but you do not have to buy all of them! There are a few “must-have’s” that you should get if you want to give your dog aromatherapy. There are also a few “good-to-have’s” depending on the kind of healing your dog needs.

With this in mind, here is a list of some safe and basic essential oils for dogs, together with a brief description of their properties and uses for your quick reference.

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Buying Essential Oils for Dogs

If you are new to aromatherapy, you may not know where and how to find pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for dogs. There are indeed a lot of places where we can buy essential oils, and you may even notice quite a big difference in price for the same oil at different stores.
The following guidelines will show you how and where to get high-quality essential oils for your dog:

Look for essential oils that are bottled in amber, cobalt or violet glass bottles.
Look for important information of the oils (either printed on the label, and/or on the store’s website, brochure, etc.):

* Scientific name of the oil (e.g. Lavandula angustifolia);
* Common name of the oil (e.g. Lavender);
* How the oil was extracted;
* Country of origin;
* Method of cultivation (e.g. organic, cultivated, wildharvested, etc.)
* The words “100% pure essential oil”.

Essential oils are generally expensive, so don’t go for unreasonably cheap oils since cheap oils are likely to be adulterated.
Avoid buying essential oils at supermarkets or health food stores (they may be cheaper but usually of a lower quality).