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Essential Oils to Avoid Using Around Your Dog

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 24 comments

 Essential Oils to Avoid Using Around Your Dog

Essential oils have tons of benefits for humans and dogs alike, but there are a few you should avoid when it comes to your beloved canine friend.

Basic Essential Oil Safety Tips for Dogs

No matter what kind of essential oils you might be using or the type of dog you might own, there are a few precautions you should take to ensure your canine’s health and safety.

Always dilute

Whenever you are using essential oils with your dog or applying them to your dog's coat, you must first dilute the oils with carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. Or if you cannot dilute, you must use essential oils in ultra-small doses for only a short period of time.

Avoid sensitive areas

If you are applying an essential oil mixture to your dog, make sure to avoid the eyes, nose, anal area, and genital area. There is no reason for you to apply it in those areas and doing so could cause your companion a lot of discomfort.


Use caution

While most dogs have little to no problem with essential oils, you will want to be careful with this new experience. Additionally, puppies under 10 weeks of age, very old dogs, toy dogs or pregnant dogs will be even more sensitive and require extra care.

Consider size of your pet

The smaller the dog, the more vulnerable they will be to the essential oils more harmful side effects. So when you are diluting your mixture, consider the size of your dog.

Essential Oils to Avoid und Your Dog Info-graphic

Essential Oils That Can Be Toxic To Dogs

  1. Oregano – While you want to keep your dog’s contact minimal, when properly diluted with a carrier oil or used in very small amounts, this essential oil can provide some benefits for canines with poor respiratory health. However, you should weigh the risks and consider all the important factors such as the age, size and type of dog before doing so.

  2. Tea Tree – You don’t have to go too far to hear about tea tree oil being toxic to dogs. However, it is important to note that it is only harmful in high doses. Still, you shouldn’t allow your dog to have too much contact with this oil.

  3. Thyme – Much like with oregano, this essential oil can help dogs with respiratory issues. Again you absolutely need to dilute it with carrier oils first and should consider whether the risk is worth it for your dog’s unique needs.

  4. Wintergreen – The essential oil of wintergreen is not useful with aromatherapy for dogs. It can even be harmful. If you are looking for a ‘minty fresh’ alternative, peppermint oil works great and is safe for the both of you.

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24 Responses

Cindie
Cindie

October 24, 2018

I love clove and have used it in my diffuser. With 3 dogs, I did not see Amy negative reaction. I also did not know it was not safe for them until today! TY for the great info.

Cindie
Cindie

October 24, 2018

I love clove and have used it in my diffuser. With 3 dogs, I did not see Amy negative reaction. I also did not know it was not safe for them until today! TY for the great info.

Fray
Fray

September 28, 2018

Hi I have a Yorkshire terriers mother always gets stressed especially when she seee her lead for walks then sets other dogs of barking plz can you help

Dana Burgin
Dana Burgin

September 25, 2018

I have Ravintsara and would like to diffuse it in my bedroom during this flu season. I didn’t see it on the list for dogs however I want to make sure because they sleep in the bedroom. They are 20 lbs and 25 lbs. mini aussies.!

Carol Lamotte
Carol Lamotte

August 21, 2018

What essential oil will help dogs with flease

Digna Montoya
Digna Montoya

June 19, 2018

What essential oil it will be good for my puppy to stop i scratching and biting

terri
terri

May 14, 2018

I have a blind dog that keeps running into to the walls what essential oil can I use on my walls that will help her not run into the walls. Please help I love my little dog

Gloria Tate
Gloria Tate

May 10, 2018

Peppermint is good to use around your dog and lavder is great and spearmint lemon is ok chomike is ok to use farkin is good to use make sure u look on bottles Yang Yang is not good ..long grass is ok and creader wood is great for dogs in your defriers to use

Gloria Tate
Gloria Tate

April 19, 2018

There is a list online that will tell u.. plus your vet take the ouls to your vet they will tell u what good and not .. leamon great is good .. call your vet take the oils to vet

Gloria Tate
Gloria Tate

April 19, 2018

Peppermint is great for your dog ceadwrwood is lavender is great…. …leamon.. sandlewood is good… Sweet Orange is good.. just don’t do alot. Of drops.

Gloria Tate
Gloria Tate

April 10, 2018

Tea tree can kill you dog and do can clove Wintergreen.. slim..thyme is not good there’s few more …. Pepmint is good lavender is good for your dog farkin is good… For dogs long grass is ok….. There’s a list … Be careful… Good luck

Diane
Diane

March 26, 2018

Is peppermint oil bad for dogs if I use it in my diffuser ?

Roy Neal Smith
Roy Neal Smith

March 10, 2018

I ordered some oils and diffuser, I have an 80 lb American Bulldog, anything I shouldn’t use or is it just trial and error with what he approves of?

Deb
Deb

March 06, 2018

A child that I care for 3 days a week always has a concoction of essential oils on and my dog hides for a good couple of hours when she comes in. What smell could be bothering him?

Rachel Enriquez
Rachel Enriquez

March 06, 2018

Is peppermint oil bad for my dog if I use it in aromatherapy

Stacey
Stacey

March 02, 2018

What essential oils should I not use in my Diffuser around my dogs? They are both over 60 lbs.

Dawn
Dawn

February 19, 2018

Staffie 13 yrs old..

Maeve Hennessy
Maeve Hennessy

February 14, 2018

What oils are not safe to diffuse around small dog eight pounds

Sara
Sara

February 08, 2018

I used Tea Tree Oil in my diffuser the other day with other oils not realizing Tea Tree Oil was not good for dogs. The next morning when one of my dogs woke up she went down the stairs ever so slightly, she took one step at a time when she normally runs down. The night before I had a diffuser going with tea tree oil, grapefruit and lemon. Today I read that tea tree oil is not good for dogs even if it is in a diffuser. Lesson learned.

Mary
Mary

January 09, 2018

What essential oils are safe to use in a diffuser around small breed dogs?

Janna
Janna

November 07, 2017

Can I safely use tea tree oil in my home without harming my dog? E.g., in cleaners or in my nebuliser?

Monika
Monika

July 17, 2017

Thank you for this information. Is it safe to diffuse these oils around my dog? I usually only use 1-4 drops of an essential oil in my diffuser? I sometimes diffuse thyme and/or oregano when I’m feeling sick and am wondering if it’s okay to do so with my new doggie family member.

Cyndie Walls
Cyndie Walls

May 31, 2017

Thank you for the information about using Essential Oils safely around pets. I have 2 dogs and this will help me know which oils to use and not to around them. I appreciate you sharing this information with us because when it comes to our furbabies this information is so necessary to know.

Patricia
Patricia

May 30, 2017

What would be a good essenial oil for joint pain in a dog?

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