Posted on May 26, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 38 comments
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.
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.
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.
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.