Dog Aromatherapy 101: How & Why To Use Essential Oils With Your Dog

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If you have ever used lavender for its soothing effects, then you already know a little something about aromatherapy.

But did you know that aromatherapy can have the same effect on dogs?


If you’re like me and have an anxious dog on your hands, then you may want to give dog aromatherapy a try!

Dog aromatherapy is not something new.  It’s been around for a long time.

As just one example, I’ve noticed that whenever I burn my lavender-scented candle both of my dogs tend to be really calm.

I like to burn this scent at night because it gives me a great calming effect, and it seems to calm my dogs as well. So it’s a win-win.

There are lots of ways to use aromatherapy in your home, in addition to candles.


Essential Oils That Are Best For Dogs

If you’re interested in trying dog aromatherapy, here are 5 popular essential oils that can safely be used with dogs:

  1. Lavenderused for calming and soothing plus relieves itching
  2. Peppermint insect repellent, promotes circulation, reduces allergies
  3. Niaoulipowerful healing agent that is not likely to irritate the skin
  4. German Chamomilegood for burns, stings and allergic reactions
  5. Helichrysumhas great anti-inflammatory properties

There are many reasons to try dog aromatherapy.

It can ease pain from cancer, stop diarrhea, and end nausea, among other things.

One good reason to try aromatherapy with your dog is if he is afraid of loud noises (like from fireworks or thunderstorms).  The calming effects from certain essential oils can help to relieve your dog’s stress and anxiety during those times.

In this example, Cesar Milan uses lavender essential oil to calm a dog who’s terrified of squeaky toys:


How To Use Essential Oils With Dogs

Sometimes, it’s the direct application of the essential oil on your dog’s skin that is most effective.

Other times, it’s simply the aroma itself from the essential oils in the air or on dog toys that has the most powerful effect.

Before applying pure essential oil to your dog’s (or your own) skin, always check first to make sure the one you’re using is safe to use directly on skin.  Often, essential oils need to be combined with a “carrier oil” first before applying to the skin.

You can buy essential oils yourself and try mixing different ones together to create unique scents, or you can find dog aromatherapy sprays that are already pre-mixed to work best during different situations.


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6 thoughts on “Dog Aromatherapy 101: How & Why To Use Essential Oils With Your Dog

  1. I have an urgent question. My dog has a few abrasions on his skin and I wanted to apply lavender oil but I diluted it in a carrier oil. Without thinking I used Grape seed oil and I want to know if that can harm him. He acts fidgety and he doesn’t seem to be peeing. Please, any help on this would be really appreciated.

    1. According to the ASPCA: “At this time, we have no data indicating problems from exposure to grapeseed extract or oil, as we have seen with grapes or raisins. Most nutritional supplements and other products containing grapeseed oil or extract contain relatively small amounts, and so far we have not seen serious problems with canines.”

      In fact, grapeseed oil is often used as a carrier oil itself to dilute other more powerful oils.

  2. I’m into aromatherapy and I also make candles. Most candles are made with fragranced oil NOT essential oil as the essential oil doesn’t “throw” enough scent. Therefore it’s not likely that your dog is responding to an essential oil when you are burning your “lavender” candle. I also think essential oils should be used with extreme caution in dogs. Do your research before you go placing it on the dogs skin.

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