You love your Essential Oils. But are they safe for dogs? Yes and no. They can be therapeutic or extremely toxic. Read on to learn about the precautions you should take when using EOs around your dog, and also a list of both safe and harmful Essential Oils for dogs.
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We are the Godparents and primary babysitter of Princess Josephine the Pug. And we are also getting ready to welcome Baby Hannibal. I love my Essential Oils. But now that we have fur babies to think about, I need to know 100% that our home is safe for these dogs.
After copious research, I wanted to share my findings with you.
Essential Oils are versatile and therapeutic for humans, and can also be used around and with dogs with similar benefits. But improper use and lack of knowledge can lead to toxicity, organ failure, and even death. No one wants that to happen! Here are a few safety precautions to take into consideration.
Words of Caution
Always check with your vet before using Essential Oils in your home, around your dog, or on your dog.
Always use EOs that are therapeutic grade and certified use for pets.
Always store EOs out of reach of pets.
Start with gradual use and build up. Remember that dog’s noses are much more powerful than humans.
Some trusted sources state that a few EOs are ok for ingestion. I personally would strongly recommend against it. They are highly concentrated, and our pets are much smaller than we are! Ok… well… I fostered a bloodhound that weighed 20 pounds more than I am. But you get the gist. If you do use EOs internally, be sure to follow guidelines from TRUSTED SOURCES.
Never use EOs around the eyes.
Always make sure EOs are properly diluted and never use them neat.
When applying to your dog’s skin, apply to your hands first and then apply to the skin, and make sure they are not able to lick in that spot.
Do NOT use oils on or around dogs that are under 8 weeks old. That is the “recommended guidance”. I would be more conservative and go as far as 12 weeks (a full 3 months old).
Wash your hands after handling EOs.
If you see any adverse reactions, discontinue use immediately and remove the dog from the vicinity of the EOs.
Look for signs of toxicity and poisoning such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Weakness and lethargy
- Muscle tremors
- Skin irritation
- Dizziness and trouble walking
In case of emergency, immediately contact your veterinarian or call the 24/7 Pet Poison Hotline at 855-764-7661.
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Dog-Friendly Essential Oils
The following list is not inclusive, but it’s a great start of dog-friendly EOs.
Spearmint (NOT Peppermint or Wintergreen)
Never Use These Essential Oils with Dogs
This list is not inclusive, but a great resource of the most common EOs to NOT use with your dog.
Citrus (Lemon, Orange, etc)
Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
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