Essential oils for anxious dogs


No doubt … people love their dogs. They are not just an animal or a pet, they are well-loved members of our family. When a dog has anxiety, it is rude to humans. Veterinarians have a variety of prescription medications for dog anxiety, but many people are looking for natural ways to help their pets solve this fairly common problem. Here, essential oils can be very useful for dogs suffering from anxiety.

The type of anxiety your dog experiences will determine how you handle it. Whether stress is related to loud noise, separation, or having to rescue from an unpleasant past that causes fear, there are essential oils that can help. As with humans, no essential oil will have the same effect on every dog. Dogs, like humans, have personal preferences for different aromas. Fortunately, there are many delivery methods and various essential oils that you can try to find the one that fits your kitten.

Before going into the benefits of specific oils, I would like to say a word of caution / advice. Essential oils should never be applied directly to your dog’s skin. Carrier material should always be used. Carefully apply the oil too close to the nose. Dogs smell about 40 times better than humans, so they are MUCH more sensitive to the effects of essential oils than we are. With this in mind, treatment with essential oils will make your Fido much more tolerable and enjoyable. We all know what trained dogs are, and if they initially have a negative experience with oil, you may not be able to use it again. The right rule of thumb is that you were completely away in front of your ears.

Another precaution is to avoid using essential oils in pregnant or lactating dogs. Bitches are not in any condition for a long time so it is best to give up oil at this mild time.


You can use essential oils with your dog just as you would use them yourself. Mixing EO with a carrier such as fractionated coconut oil or distilled water is a safe topical application. When mixing with distilled water in a spray bottle, be sure to shake vigorously before using the bottle as oil and water do not mix! After mixing the carrier and oil, they can be sprayed on the fabric (I use a cotton sock in my hand) and rubbed on the pet’s coat or sprayed directly on the pet. I prefer the spraying and rubbing method because the pet gets extra tactile attention and there is little chance of oil getting into the nose or eyes.


My favorite way to use EO to reduce anxiety is to spread them in the air. Using this method with your dog will cause them less stress because they are not doing anything, they are just breathing. If the pet does not like the smell, it may become detached from the source. If the oil is applied directly to the pet, they get stuck! Keeping your pet in a smaller room with a diffuser will ensure that the oil reaches its destination and is not overloaded.


Roman chamomile is one of the best soothing essential oils for humans and dogs. It is good at calming and calming the central nervous system.

Clary Sage calms down the central nervous system, calms down. Should be used in small quantities. This is the one used best in the diffuser rather than being placed directly in the animal.

Lavender – Lavender should be used by everyone! It is great for calming both humans and pets. The plus can be used for a variety of other pet ailments. It does not care if it is applied directly to the dog’s coat (diluted with a carrier agent).

Sweet orange is another nerve soothing oil. Plus, if you use a diffuser, your house smells great!

Valerian – Calming nerves. Very calming for dogs with anxiety or separation anxiety.

Sweet marjoram (to a lesser degree) – It may not be as effective as some others, but some dogs may like the scent, so don’t hesitate to try it.


As with making mixes for my kids, I like having the dog check the essential oils before mixing them. I just open the bottle and hold it to their face (a few inches from their nose) and watch their reaction. If they show immediate resentment by twisting or sipping their muzzle, I will not use it. If they get closer or try to lick the bottle, I’ll add that to the mix. You don’t want to torture your pet with a scent that is unpleasant for them!

Like humans, I try to decide which essential oil seemed to be the favorite, the second favorite, the third, and so on. I start with 8-10 drops of the most favorable oil, then 5-7 from the second, then 3-4 from the third. For the diffuser, I use an empty half gallon jug of milk and fill it with distilled water before adding the oil. After adding the oil, I shake the jar vigorously and pour the mixture into the diffuser. By direct lubrication I would do the same, only reducing the number of drops in proportion to the size of the spray bottle.


This can be the hardest part. How can you tell if your mix will help your dog? Unfortunately, the only way is to wait for the disturbing experience to occur or to apply the mixture or start the diffuser. From there, you just have to wait and see what happens. If the problem is separation anxiety, I would apply or spread the mixture, leave it short and go back and see how you are doing.

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