Essential oils have been used very successfully on many different kinds of
animals from kittens to 2,000-pound draft horses. Animals generally respond to
essential oils in much the same way as humans do. How Much Should I Use? Most
animals are even more sensitive to the effects of the oils than humans. They
often seem to have a natural affinity to the healing influence of the oils.
Adjust dosage proportionately, based on body weight. If the protocol for a human
being (at about 160 lbs) calls for 3-5 drops, then a horse (at 1600 lbs or more)
could use twice as much of that amount, while a dog (at 16 lbs) would use 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 cornet bands) at first. In the case of cats and
small dogs, essential oils should ALWAYS be diluted before applying, because
they are actually MORE sensitive to the biochemicals 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 oil should only be applied to
For small animals: (cats and small dogs) Apply 1-2 drops DILUTED (80-90%) oil
mixture per application.
For larger animals: (large dogs) Apply 2-3 drops NEAT per application.
For large animals: (cattle and horses) Apply 8-10 drops NEAT per application.
How to Administer EOs Internally
For internal use (ingestion), essential oils can be put into a capsule and mixed
with the feed. On large animals, the animal's bottom lip can be pulled out and
(for example, in the case of a horse) 10 or 15 drops of oil put in. The animal
will feel the effect quickly because capillaries in the lip will carry the oil
into bloodstream immediately. For a large dog, 1 to 3 drops is sufficient. When
treating animals with essential oils internally, make certain the oils used are
pure and free of chemicals, solvents, and adulterants. Always seek the advice of
a qualified veterinarian before allowing the animals to ingest essential oils.
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 entering
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 a
veterinarian is a good policy before applying oils to cats for the first time.
Other Helpful Tips:
• When treating large animals for viral
or bacterial infection, arthritis, or bone injury, generally use the same oils
and protocol recommended for humans.
• For applying to large open wounds or hard-to-reach areas, it helps to put the
oils in a spray bottle and spray them directly on location.
• After an oil application to an open wound, cover the wound with Animal Scents
Ointment to seal it and protect it from further infection. The ointment will
also prevent the essential oils from evaporating into the air.
• There is no right or wrong way to apply essential oils. Every animal is a
little different. Use common sense and good judgment as you experiment with
different methods. Observe carefully how the animal responds to the treatment.
• Take special care not to get essential oils in the animal's eyes.
• Make sure the animal is drinking pure water. Chlorinated water will suppress
thyroid and immune function in animals even quicker than in humans, and when
that happens, you will suppress the healing process of that animal whether it is
a dog, a horse or a cat.
• Quality protein is vitally important to promote healing, which makes the use
of organic feed essential. Unfortunately many commercial feeds contain bovine
byproducts that have high risk for BSE disease and make them unfit for animal
care. Avoid these at all costs. Enzymes are also essential to maximize digestion
and protein assimilation.