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.
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.
Essential Oils That Can Be Toxic To Dogs
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.