Dogs Loss of Appetite and How Essential Oils May Help

Dog loss of appetite can be caused by various factors. It is important to find out the root cause for the problem in order to be able to address it successfully. Some common reasons for a dog’s loss of appetite include:

  • Illness
  • Dog Stomach Problems
  • Age (older dogs)
  • Diet
  • Teething or Tooth Problems
  • Parasites
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety, trauma, stress

Consult with a Vet to find out the root cause of your dog’s loss of appetite to treat it correctly.

An essential oil that is great to reduce stress and anxious feelings and calm a dog is Lavender Essential Oil. The dog whisperer Cesar Millan uses Lavender essential oil to help dogs with emotional distress. Dilute Lavender appropriately for your dog’s weight, then rub a drop of the blend into the palms of your hands. Softly massage your dog’s ears, stroke along the spine, and down the tail.

The following oils are commonly used to increase appetite in dogs:

  • Bergamot
  • Wild Orange
  • Ginger
  • Digestive Blend


Dilute one of the oils mentioned above with fractionated coconut oil appropriate for your dog’s weight,  let your dog smell the oil from your hands. Keep in mind that essential oils are very powerful and a dog has a much greater sense of smell than humans. In general, dogs respond really well to essential oils but like with everything new, use caution. Let your dog smell the essential oil before you use it on him/her. Should your dog react adversely such as drooling, whining, leaving the room try to dilute the essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (the scent might have been too strong) or switch to a different type essential oil. Usually dogs will perk up and get excited when they smell something they like. Gently rub the diluted essential oil to your dog’s belly, up to three times per day.

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If your dog has a health issue, is under 12 weeks old, or an older dog, ALWAYS consult with a holistic Vet before introducing essential oils into their wellness care!