Pet Food Nutritive or Flavoring Ingredient

In general, it is not a good idea to add essential oils to pet foods. But it is common to add nutritive carrier oils to pet care formulations. Carrier oils provide nutrients and fatty acids to your pet’s diet. Use oils that are FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized Safe for Human Consumption).

Common carrier oils added to pet food formulations, or simply added by the teaspoon or tablespoon to your pet’s serving of food include


Vegetable oils

These oils provide essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and other nutrients. Some common vegetable oils used in pet food include canola oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil.

Coconut oil and MCT Oil

A source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), prized because they can be easily absorbed and used as energy. They can also improve skin and coat health.

Black Seed (Cumin) oil

Black Cumin Seed oil contains thymoquinone and essential fatty acids such as including linoleic acid and oleic acid. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin E, niacin, folic acid, calcium, and iron. It is a popular dietary supplement, good for humans and good for pets.

Flaxseed oil

Provides omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body can convert into EPA and DHA.

Olive oil

A source of healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. It can improve skin and coat health.

Hemp seed oil

Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

Safety notes

• When adding oils directly to your pet's food, it's important to start with a small amount and gradually increase it to avoid digestive upset.
• Different oils offer different benefits, so choose one based on your pet's specific needs and consult with your veterinarian for personalized recommendations.  
• Always use high-quality oils, preferably cold-pressed and organic, to ensure your pet receives the most benefit.