Pets And Essential Oils: The Biggest Lie Out There?


One of my biggest pet peeves is the lie people tell about pets and essential oils – “Essential oils are deadly for pets.” That is not true. It just bugs the living daylights out of me when I hear it. The lie keeps circulating at pet stores, pet rescues, among pet parents and, most of all, on the Internet. It is time to set the record straight

The Reason I Know It Is A Lie

How do I know it is a lie? My vet told me. You see, I don’t go to “just any vet.” I go to a holistic, all-natural veterinarian. My vet graduated from one of the best schools of veterinary science in the country, probably the world. Not only did he study “regular stuff” while earning his degree, he also studied other non-traditional therapies that include homeopathy, essential oils, traditional western, Chinese acupuncture, biopuncture and homotoxicology. He is able to incorporate all those other therapies with traditional veterinary care. He’s been doing this for over 30 years – he knows his stuff.

More importantly, I see how those “non-traditional methods” are helping all six of my pets. Animals do not suffer from the “placebo effect.” When something works for them, it isn’t just their minds making them think it is working. It is really working. From simple skin issues to potentially life-threatening kidney problems, I have seen (and have the lab work to prove it) essential oils and other holistic approaches work for my critters. 

All Essential Oils Are Not Deadly For Pets

Essential oils are NOT deadly for pets. Truthfully, they are therapeutic and healthy – sometimes, they are life saving! When the right kind of essential oils are used properly, there is so much they can do to improve the lives of our pets.

Pet parents can’t just use “any ol’ oil” though. They have to know what they are using the essential oil for, which essential oil(s) to use and how to use those specific oils. If you don’t do these things, you can run into some issues. Just like when you use traditional therapies for your pets. And, yes, yourself and even your kids. FYI – just to save you a lot of time and effort – there is only one essential oil company whose oils are safe for pets. That company is Young Living.

Get The Proper Diagnosis

You must get the proper diagnosis. There are times when you know what is wrong with your pet – like a cut or scratch or you saw the bee sting your dog. Possibly, those are the times you can diagnose the pet yourself. I always want to be absolutely certain so I recommend you double check with your vet anyway.

Other times, you need to visit your veterinarian to find out what is really going on with your pet. That skin issue you’ve been noticing, it is an allergy? Could it be parasites like fleas, ticks or mange? Did your pet get into a chemical or toxin? We don’t always know so we go to our vet to find out the real issue.

Know The Correct Essential Oils To Use

Once you have the correct diagnosis, ask your vet which essential oils would be best. If your veterinarian isn’t a holistic or “oily vet,” you should contact one. American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is an excellent resource for pet parents. You can search for holistic vets in your area. It is even possible to narrow that search to their specific area of expertise/training.

After getting in touch with a holistic veterinarian, make sure they have all the information they need. Depending on the vet, you may need to email or fax (some people still do that!) so they can have all the records they need to make a recommendation. All you have to do now is listen to their recommendations and follow their advice.

There is also the “Essential Oil Desk Reference for Animals.” I love that book! I use it daily to help my pets and to answer questions from other pet parents. It is written and published independently from Young Living. I use an oily vet. I’m oily myself. So, I feel comfortable looking things up and doing things on my own. Some things on my own. I still ask my veterinarian for help when I have the least bit of doubt what I am doing. I’m a safety girl. Putting the safety and well-being of my pets is my top priority

Know How To Use the Correct Essential Oils

The holistic vet will also tell you specifically how to use the essential oils correctly. Some oils will require a “carrier oil” and other oils will not. Just like with anything else your veterinarian tells you to do, follow his/her recommendations to the letter. 

Don’t panic. Using essential oils on your pets is easy. Once you get the hang of it, it turns out to be much easier than trying to “pill a cat.” I’ve learned many of the oils I use for my pets can be “petted” on them. Of course, that will depend on your pet, the diagnosis and the essential oils you are using. Do what you always do and listen to your vet.

Why Is Only Young Living Safe For Pets?

There are many reasons Young Living is the only essential oil company whose oils are safe for pets. The first reason is their “seed to seal” quality commitment. In a nutshell, it means Young Living is part of the “oil process” from the time the seeds are planted in the ground until the seal goes onto the bottle. Nothing goes into that bottle except the oil(s) listed on the label. No chemicals, no toxins, no additives, no fillers – nothing but the all-natural oil. If you don’t believe me, visit their distilleries and farms. Yes, you can visit them. Be prepared – there are some farms where you have to visit “Little House On The Prairie-style,” in horse-drawn wagons. Why is that? Modern vehicles emit chemicals and toxins that are bad for the plants (and us) and Young Living doesn’t want them in the plants, the oils and in us.

Another reason only Young Living is safe for pets is because of the extensive research the company has done. As a company, they’ve spent the last 25 years figuring out the best ways to make essential oils for people and pets. Just like my vet, they know their stuff. They have studied and practiced for decades.

I wasn’t born yesterday. I know it is probably going to take more than my word to make you believe Young Living essential oils are safe for you pets. I’m not delusional; one little article about essential oils being safe for pets isn’t going to undo all the lies people have heard. It is a start though. By the way, good for you for thinking that way! Our pets are our family and we have to be sure we are doing all we can to keep them healthy and happy. Do a little more research on your own. Get in touch with a holistic veterinarian and ask the hard questions. You can also pop into the Oily Housewives Facebook group and ask questions. We’d love to help you!

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