As essential oils have gained popularity, almost every household has some. They are useful for so many things such as making natural cleaners, freshening the air, making lotions, and unlimited other things. With such a wide range of beneficial uses, the question becomes: which essential oils are safe for dogs? Please remember that if you have a dog or other pet, if you diffuse essential oils to relax or energize, your pets are smelling it too. There are some EOs that are entirely safe to use around dogs and a few that are not. There are also some general guidelines for using your oils safely around your canine family member.
Are essential oils safe for dogs?
Remember that essential oils are a natural product, but “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “safe.” They are safe for humans most of the time, but because of their potency, they can pose a risk for dogs, especially if they are not used properly. You have most likely already learned that some oils irritate the skin when used topically. This is also true for your canine. There are some products in the marketplace that incorporate essential oils and are formulated specifically for safe use with dogs.
In general, elderly dogs, those with liver disease, or puppies can have problems with EOs since they are metabolized by the liver. A curious puppy that licks an essential oil bottle inappropriately placed can have gastrointestinal upset. If your dog ingests oils, contact your vet and poison control immediately.
A dog’s nose is more powerful than humans. You may be able to put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on your pillowcase and sleep like a baby. But a dog’s system is much smaller than yours, placing a few drops on their bed might help calm them down. On the other hand, it might cause them more stress. Oils are capable of changing behaviors, affect the central nervous system and the respiratory system. These can be serious for your dog.
Which EOs are dangerous for dogs?
Although it’s important to use caution with essential oils around dogs, some of them can be toxic to them. These oils need to be avoided altogether. Some oils are okay when used in small doses and under the supervision of a veterinary professional. But in general, avoid the use of these oils around your canine friends:
Tips for Using Essential Oils with Dogs
There are some tips for using oils safely around your dog. Follow these simple guidelines:
Essential Oils that are Safe for Dogs
Most experts agree there are some essential oils that are safe to use around dogs. Some of the most common EOs and their uses for canine friends include:
Using Essential Oils with Your Dog Safely
It’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian before using essential oils with your dogs. They will be aware of which EOs could be potentially harmful. They can also help you know which carrier oil is best and who to dilute oils properly for dogs. Talk to them about the frequency you can use EOs with dogs too.
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