Aromatherapy and Pets


By: Dr. Gabby Rotaru

I always believed in the body’s ability to heal, and I was fascinated by some natural supplements that can help healing.

Becoming an Animal Aromatherapy Specialist was an exciting journey and it continues to be an amazing experience! I was able to find reliable, safe, research-based information regarding the use of Essential Oils in animals and to pass this knowledge to our clients.

We use Essential Oils for their physical properties (antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory etc.) but also for their emotional properties (for shy, fearful, anxious pets). Essential oils can reduce stress, help with training, help your pet build confidence and overcome certain fears.

Here are some things to consider when using essential oils for your pet:

  • Always use therapeutic, natural medical grade essential oils
  • Stay away from synthetic essential oils
  • Not all essential oils are created the same. Ensure that the essential oils you are using are third party tested and Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
  • Starting with single oils is a good idea rather than blends of essential oils
  • How to use essential oils in pets? Diffusing on intermittent setting, applied topically (but diluted) and even internally
  • Start SLOW when you introduce essential oils to your pet
  • Allow your pets to choose what oils they like – it is called “self-selection” and yes, it is an amazing experience to see how your pet chooses a specific oil
  • Here are some common oils we use in our day-to-day practice: Frankincense, Copaiba, Lavender, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile, Myrrh
  • Be aware if your pet has a medical condition, there are some essential oils that should not be used for dogs with seizures, diabetes, clotting issues
  • Avoid in pets with seizures: Rosemary, Fennel, Sage, Camphor, Eucalyptus, Basil, Wintergreen
  • Oils to use caution with when diffusing around your dog: Tea Tree, Cassia, Cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme
  • Oils to use caution with when diffusing around your cat: Tea Tree, Cassia, Cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen

Ask us before using ANY essential oil for your pet! We can design a treatment plan and help your pet live a happy and healthy life by integrating natural remedies in your pet’s health plan! For an appointment call 403-272-3573 or email