Essential Oils & Dogs with Nikki White

Nikki White is back for another interview, this time talking about all things essential oils!  We talk about natural remedies for deterring fleas & ticks, how to tell if your dog likes the oils you’re using, our favourite oils, and much more!
Before we get into the interview, if you are new to essential oils and want to learn more about the science behind them, dilution ratios, administration methods, and general safety, check out my post called “Essential Oil Basics for Animals & People“.
You can find Nikki on her website

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Apple users click HERE to listen to the podcast on iTunes.

Android users click HERE to listen to the podcast on Spotify.

Oils & Dogs: General Tips

  • Watch your dog’s body language. Your dog may avert their eyes if they are not comfortable with the oil you have chosen, its dilation ratio, or your application method.
  • Never lock your pet in an area (when you diffuse/use an oil) where they cannot get away
  • Do not apply oils straight from the bottle (aka undiluted) onto your dog’s body.
  • Go slow and make all experiences with oils as positive as possible.

Note: Personally, I use mainly Young Living Oils as I have had great experiences with them, however, I am of the mindset of the “live and let live” variety. If you have oils that you know are high quality and work for you, then that is awesome as well!

Our Favourite Oils

Nikki’s Top 5 Essential Oils

1. Purification (YL Blend)

  • Blend of lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca alternifolia, myrtle, citronella
  • Great for deodorizing any unpleasant odour & also works as a deterrent for fleas & ticks

2. Copiaba

  • Is anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective and has been shown in studies to have anti-cancer effects (1 & 2)
  • It’s also very mild smelling and helps bolster the effects of any oil it is combined with

3. Myrrh

  • Is a grounding oil that also helps with skin irritation, cuts, bruises & burns
  • It is also supportive for many “endocrine and hormonal conditions including support of the thyroid, growth hormone production, pituitary gland function, and hypothalamus function” (3)

4. Helichrysum

  • Can be used in many ways and tends to help bring the body to a state of homeostasis.
  • It can also be used for nerve regeneration and neurologic conditions, hearing impairment, liver disease, vaccine detoxification, and pain management, just to name a few.
  • Dr Shelton notes the Helichrysum combines exceptionally well with Myrrh or Copiaba to “an enormous synergistic effect for pain management” (3).

5. Clove

  • Is one of the highest anti-oxidant substances on earth and has many health benefits.
  • It is commonly used for oral pain, dental disease, preventing blood clots (it has anticoagulant properties), and deworming.
  • It is a very “hot” oil and so you will want to dilute well or diffuse in a blend with other oils.

Amanda’s Top 5 Oils

1. Thieves (YL Blend)

  • Blend of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus (E. radiata)
  • Used for cleaning & disinfection as well as immune support

2. Lemon

  • It has anti-tumour properties, stimulates the immune system, has antibacterial properties and is great for urinary tract infections as well as  detoxification.
  • Lemon should always be used diluted and never applies before sun exposure as it is photosensitizing (meaning it can cause burns to the skin when combined with sunlight)

3. Frankincense

  • Is “incredibly safe [and] well tolerated” (3). It is considered a “life force” oil and can be used for “all forms of cancer, tumours, cysts, behavioural conditions, depression, brain disorders seizures, immune system stimulation and regulation, auto-immune disorders DNA repair, and more” (3).

4. Lavender

  • Is great for most skin conditions including burns, frostbite, fungal infections, and wound healing.
  • It is also great for anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and dementia.
  • Lavender is one of the most adulterated oils on the market today and extreme caution should be used in selecting an oil source.

5. Ylang Ylang

  • Is used for its antispasmodic effects as well as heartbeat regulation, anxiety, depression, hair loss, and intestinal problems.
  • It is also thought of as a balancing oil which helps to filter out negative energy and restore confidence & peace

*This list varies from the one given on the podcast to minimize overlap (Nikki & I picked several of the same oils) and also to be more helpful to pet owners (some of the oils I chose were more specific to my favourites as opposed to favourites for my animals).

Oils for Deterring Fleas (& Ticks)

  • Citronella
  • Black pepper
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

Make a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar, water & a few drops off whichever essential oils you are using. Spray on before walking in areas where your dog may pick up fleas or ticks. Shake well each time before spraying.

Essential Oils & Cats

  • “Can cats metabolize essential oils? Yes, they can. And no, they will not build up over time, although cats can have what we refer to as a different half-life for a chemical, or elimination time. In a study of plasma half-lives for sodium salicylate it was discovered that ponies, swine, goats, dogs, and cats had drastically different elimination times.
  • Ponies had a 1.0 hour half-life, while the others displayed 5.9, 0.78, 8.6, and 37.6 hours respectively. A cat actually took almost 38 hours to eliminate the drug, while a dog took just under 9. Does this mean the cat is deficient? No, it means the cat is not a dog, and the cat is not a pony!” (4)
  • See this article.


  2. Chemistry and Biological Activities of Terpenoids from Copaiba … – MDPI
  3. The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals by Dr Melissa Shelton

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about certain oils please leave a comment below!


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