Arthritis Treatment For Dogs

If you’re anything like me, you love using essential oils (EO). I’m often in the kitchen making all sorts of concoctions from bath salts to sugar scrubs. Yes, I relish adding the essential oils to the mix and enjoy the soothing aroma and benefits. This got me thinking about EO’s and wanted to try some with Keira because her arthritis tends to kick in out of nowhere. I searched until I found an arthritis treatment for dogs that passed muster.

Buyer Beware

Using essential oils with your dog isn’t as easy as you think. They’re some oils that we should never use with animals. This list is not exhaustive so be sure and double check before you use EO’s on your dog. I’m so thankful I had researched EO’s before making this recipe for arthritis treatment for dogs because I would have used an ingredient I wasn’t comfortable with using.

  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Leaf/Bud
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Juniper
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Yarrow

Dog’s obviously can’t talk, but they certainly do communicate to us so watch your dog closely for excessive scratching, sniffing, whining or nervousness. These are all signs that the EO may be bothering your furry friend.

Don’t use any oils on puppies under ten weeks old to be on the safe side. If you want to use essential oils with your pup hydrosols are a much better choice. Make sure you gradually introduce the oils over time. Finally, what’s good for a large dog is not okay for a small dog. In this instance, size matters and less is more when working with oils.

Essential Oils For Dogs

There are numerous EO that is healthy for dogs, and again, this list is not exhaustive and further research should be done to make sure you are using a safe dog oil. I found a recipe that was dog-friendly but used rosemary. After researching arthritis treatment for dogs, I decided not to use this ingredient.

  • Cedarwood Atlas,
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Ravensare
  • Rosa
  • Valerian

Keep in mind that dogs are more sensitive to EO than we are. Because of this be sure to dilute the oils and use in moderation. Please take special care not to get oil in your dog’s eyes.

You can apply oils to yourself to introduce your dog to the scent which helps get them comfortable before you use it on Fido.

Where to Apply Essential Oils

Once your dog is used to smelling essential oils on you, she will respond well to topical application. For our furry friends a perfect place to start applying in on their paws. For our arthritis treatment for dogs, we will use it on our hands and massage the oil onto the muscles.

Arthritis Treatment For Dogs

This recipe relaxes Keira, and when finished with her massage, she is a refreshed pup. The number of drops is approximate, but I do faithfully use coconut oil mainly because of the added medicinal qualities.

Arthritis Treatment For Dogs

  • Lavender Oil is known for its calming effect and is very soothing. Dog’s typically like the smell and is known for its healing properties.
  • Ginger Oil is an amazing oil and used for many anti-inflammatory problems including pain management and arthritis.
  • Frankincense Oil is key to reducing inflammation in joints and muscles and has been cited to prevent the breakdown in cartridge tissue. These oils use is common for pain reduction for muscles, joints, and tendons.


Arthritis Treatment for dogs


When massaging the lotion, be sure and get the oil onto the affected joints by working through Fido’s coat and rubbing into the skin. Rub in a rhythmic movement and cover the entire leg or affected limb.

Enjoy this time with your loved one. When they are finished, you’re finished. Listen to your dog, she will tell you when enough is enough.

Have you used Essential Oils on you pet before? I’d love to hear about your experiences with essential oils.




34 Comments on Arthritis Treatment For Dogs: Holistic DIY

  1. Jeanne Melanson
    August 16, 2016 at 5:16 PM (2 years ago)

    This is a fantastic post. I love essential oils but haven’t used them with my pets yet. I’d love to though. I’m going to copy this list and see what I can do. Awesome. Thanks so much! Oh, I love that pic of the dog on the massage table. Priceless. 🙂

    • Maureen Lake
      August 16, 2016 at 8:10 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jeanne, I hope you find EO helpful!

  2. Carol Bryant
    August 15, 2016 at 9:36 PM (2 years ago)

    As a dog mom to a pooch with 2 ACL repairs, we read this blog post with anticipation. I love your suggestions and that you offer a clear explanation as to why. Arthritis can be managed for sure.

  3. Sweet Purrfections
    August 15, 2016 at 1:16 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve never used essential oils on the cats and I’d be afraid to try anything without a lot of research and time.

    • Maureen Lake
      August 15, 2016 at 3:21 PM (2 years ago)

      Agree. It’s trickier with cats, you can never be too careful!

  4. Sally Hummel
    August 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM (2 years ago)

    I’m a bit intrigued by this! I’ve never used EOs, and really know absolutely nothing about them! As Rugby has a very fluffy coat, I’m thinking that it must be a bit tricky to work the actual oil down into the muscle itself and not end up with all of it on their fur!

  5. Sadie
    August 15, 2016 at 6:12 AM (2 years ago)

    I love the idea of homeopathic treatments for our companions. I use them for myself so, why not? Thank you for pointing out the need to check EO’s that aren’t good for dogs AND cats.

  6. Talent Hounds
    August 15, 2016 at 5:46 AM (2 years ago)

    Ooh would these work for me- I have horrendous arthritis? I might try the lavender to calm Kilo the Pug. He loves massages and they calm him a lot. He does not have arthritis yet, but is quite anxious.

  7. Dash Kitten Crew
    August 14, 2016 at 11:09 PM (2 years ago)

    We agree that you need to do your research. We had Bach Oak Flower remedy suggested for our senior girl several yaers ago and it worked really well, but, what it would do to dogs I don’t know. So, a you say – check to see if the remedy is dog or cat compatible.

  8. Robin
    August 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM (2 years ago)

    I agree, oils are great, but you have to know whether they are safe for your pet or not. Cats are even more sensitive to oils. Eucalyptus is very poisonous to kitties. Since these oils tend to be so concentrated, it is important to check with a holistic veterinarian before using them in direct contact with any pet.

  9. Christine Caplan
    August 14, 2016 at 9:20 PM (2 years ago)

    I love this EO mix for arthritis – I once looked into getting an EO certification. I use Lavendar EO’s in a spray bottle that I use on linens and before anything stressful like guests coming over. There are so many uses and sore joints! clearly can benefit our dogs too.

  10. Cathy Armato
    August 14, 2016 at 7:25 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh, I forgot to mention that this photo is absolutely stunning! I just love it.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  11. Cathy Armato
    August 14, 2016 at 7:25 PM (2 years ago)

    This is really interesting, thanks. I’ve never used EO’s for myself or for my pets. The arthritis recipe sounds nice, my dog Phoebe has some arthritis and might benefit from this.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. Kia
    August 14, 2016 at 6:46 PM (2 years ago)

    This is awesome info! Thanks for sharing…I’m sure this will help a lot of pet parents that have dogs that are struggling with arthritis…I will share it!

  13. Dusty Desert Dogs
    August 14, 2016 at 9:49 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow, thank you for posting this i have a two senior dogs who would benefit from this.

  14. Jana Rade
    August 14, 2016 at 9:43 AM (2 years ago)

    Never tried essential oils yet, other than in a dispenser but I’m always open to natural ways to deal with things.

  15. Valerie
    August 14, 2016 at 4:15 AM (2 years ago)

    Oh that’s great! I love essential oils too! I made a flea and tick repellent spray with essential oils! But my dogs don’t really like the smell!

  16. ruth and layla
    August 13, 2016 at 8:50 PM (2 years ago)

    Great Article, and I know some will disagree with me but I do give Layla a speck of garlic and two vets I know both agree that it is ok, I sprinkle garlic powder on her home made jerky.

  17. Spencer the Goldendoodle
    August 13, 2016 at 1:22 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I pinned it for future reference! The other thing to note, essential oils that are safe for dogs, might not be safe for cats.

  18. The Daily Pip
    August 13, 2016 at 4:05 AM (2 years ago)

    I have never used essential oils on Ruby, but she does have some occasional stiffness so I might give this a try. I love the smell of both lavender and frankincense

    • Maureen Lake
      August 13, 2016 at 12:17 PM (2 years ago)

      Lavender is certainly one of my favorite fragrances too. Both my dogs seem to like it a lot.

  19. Rachel
    August 12, 2016 at 6:02 PM (2 years ago)

    Very interesting, I’ve never tried essential oils with our dog before, but it looks like good info you’re providing here!

    • Maureen Lake
      August 13, 2016 at 12:18 PM (2 years ago)

      I was a little hesitant at first. Just be aware that if you have cats, be sure and read up on the oils that are healthy for both dogs and cats because they do differ!!!!

  20. Tenacious Little Terrier
    August 12, 2016 at 5:32 PM (2 years ago)

    I have not really tried using them on him. I’ll put some lavender on his bed for calming purposes.

  21. Jane
    August 12, 2016 at 3:56 PM (2 years ago)

    This is such a great resource for dog parents with arthritic dogs. I love that you choose coconut oil as a carrier. Pinning this for future reference, thank you 💜

    • Maureen Lake
      August 13, 2016 at 12:18 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jane, Yes, coconut oil is always my go to carrier. It’s such a wonderful tool in our toolbox!!!

  22. Lola The Rescued Cat
    August 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM (2 years ago)

    This is really good information. Pet owners really need to be informed about what EO are safe for their pets. Too many use them carelessly.

    • Maureen Lake
      August 13, 2016 at 12:19 PM (2 years ago)

      I agree, especially when they use them with cats. It’s really important to know what you’re doing!

  23. Rochelle
    August 12, 2016 at 12:56 PM (2 years ago)

    I love diffusing essential oils in my apartment. I love learning new uses for them – thank you!

  24. Nichole
    August 12, 2016 at 12:38 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the great – and useful! – information!

  25. Carleen
    August 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM (2 years ago)

    We are using a hotspot treatment with essential oils. Love it so far, but it is nice to see a list of ones to avoid. It can be such a confusing area!

    • Maureen Lake
      August 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM (2 years ago)

      It can be confusing because there are so many options out there. One can never be careful enough!

  26. Beth Patterson
    August 12, 2016 at 9:23 AM (2 years ago)

    It looks like you did some great research and this could make a huge difference from some dogs. I don’t have any experience with essential oils, but I know a lot of people have used them with positive results.

    • Maureen Lake
      August 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Beth I started to use them myself and my family with some good results so wanted to research their use with dogs.


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