essential oils that are safe and healthy for your dog

Which Essential Oils Are Safe for Dogs?

There are many essentials oils that are safe for your dog.  It’s important to learn which oils are safe, which are toxic, and how to use them safely.

You can learn how to keep your pup healthy with natural options. 


check with your vet before using essential oils on your dog and always dilute the essential oil
  1. Refer to the dilution chart below for specifics.

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How to be safe when using doTERRA essential oils for your dog

dogs sense of smell is much more sensitive than ours so use essential oils cautiously around them






many essential oils are safe to diffuse for dogs.  Tea Tree is one to avoid

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Top 10 Safe Essential Oils for Your Dog 


if your dog has an upset stomach, motion sickness, or gas use doTERRA digestzen

This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with proper digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

doTERRA essential oils like Serenity are safe for dogs

 essential oil   


use doterra aromatouch  essential oil on your dog for sore joints


use frankincense essential oil on your dog for health

When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense can bring on feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

• Known as the “KING of ALL OILS.”• Promotes cellular health and DNA integrity.• Supports healthy function of the nervous system.

When in doubt, get the Frankincense Out!

How to use doTERRA Frankincense for dogs


use doTERRA lavender or balance essential oils to calm your dog during fireworks, vet visits, birth, or other high stress situations

sleep and anxiousness and calm them.

give your dog the best immune system and keep him healthy with doTERRA OnGuard essential oil

doTERRA OnGuard is one of the MOST POPULAR blends and is safe to use on dogs to keep them well.doTERRA OnGuard protective blend protects your dog against environmental and seasonal issues with Essential Oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.


use doterra breathe essential oil for your dog

doTERRA Essential Oil blend to help with focus for kids at school and homework and adults when working at home and in the office

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keep fleas and tics off your dog with doTERRA Terrashield

A primary function of Essential Oils in plants is protecting against insects and other predators. Unlike other products that contain synthetic and toxic chemicals, doTERRA Terrashield is a natural approach to managing exposure to biting insects.

doTERRA Terrashield’s fresh, light citrus scent is wonderfully invigorating and can be used safely by everyone in the family.

One application provides coverage that lasts up to 6 hours.

make your dog an all natural flea collar with essential oils

  • Birch
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) 
  • Wintergreen
Copaiba, aromatouch and frankincense can be used instead of wintergreen on dogs

  • Oregano
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
caasia is a hot oil and is not safe for dogs.  Use these essential oils instead

A few final safety tips for using Essential Oils on Dogs

Here are some additional safety tips for all pets:

  • Dilute for topical use.
  • Know your pet’s health status.• Do NOT use oils on or near eyes, ears, nose, or genitals of your pet
  • Use a water diffuser for aromatic use and allow your pet to roam freely with an open door to the room
  • Caution should be used around animals that are pregnant, nursing, young, or on certain medications.
  • Do not use oils topically on your pet if using a topical medication or dermal patch – this includes topical flea/ tick preventatives.
  • Do not give any of the products containing xylitol (toothpaste, beadlets, etc.) to your pet.
  • Only use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.  Fragrance Oils are toxic and dangerous.
  • Observe your pet’s behavior after using essential oils on and around them.

In the event of an adverse reaction, dilute with a carrier oil – skin irritation is the most common, and most reactions resolve within 24–48 hours after oil exposure.

Discontinue use of an oil if your pet shows signs of distress, drooling, squinting, rubbing their face, vocalization, shaking, vomiting, or diarrhea.

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Wrap Up  of Safe Essential Oils for Dogs

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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About The Author

Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

7 thoughts on “Top 10 Safe Essential Oils for Dogs”

  1. Mallika Sabunani

    Is past tense safe to use on dogs? diluted of course. holding onto the past and holding onto trauma… which oil would we use for dogs to release that? I’ve been diffusing peace, console and forgive, on different nights… thank you!

  2. You say breath is safe for dogs but it has tea tree in it! Then you say yea tree is toxic for dog! So how can breathe safe to be used on dogs? Is it because it’s so small of an amount I just trying to understand

    1. Hi Denise. Great question. You wouldn’t want to use straight tea tree on your dog or in large amounts. However, Tea tree in a small amount and heavily diluted would be OK (and could be beneficial for some skin conditions) and in the breathe blend it’s safe because it’s such a small amount mixed in with the other oils. Many people use it in a diffuser at night to help prevent their dog from snoring and this is very safe.

  3. We have 3 fur babies, and only one gets lesions on his tummy. They start out as whiteheads and then turn into lesions. The vet has given him allergy shots, a steroid spray and a prescription of Apoquel. None of it works. Help!!

    1. Trisha, I’m sorry to hear your baby gets lesions. Lavender essential oil is great for skin. You could try some Lavender topically (be sure to dilute) and even combine it with some Frankincense for extra support. You might also consider changing up the food – perhaps it’s a food allergy?

  4. Haha, have you ever used Lavender oil for dogs? Does it seem to be calming to their brains just like human brains?

    1. Dawn Goehring

      Hi VINEVIDA, Yes, Lavender calms dogs so much! I had a very anxious cocker spaniel that was making it so none of us could enjoy camping trips. I put a drop or 2 on her collar every few hours and it made such a huge difference. Calmed her down so she could relax. There’s an entire section on Lavender in this blog post you might find helpful. 🙂

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