How to use the essential oils near your dog.

Essential oils should be handled in the same manner as other products that can pose potential dangers if misused. They should be stored in an area that is cool, dark, and out of the reach of pets, and they should be used in accordance with their instructions, paying close attention to the safety instructions.

 Essential Oils and Dogs

Diffuser 

How to use

  • Use a water-based vaporizer
  • Use 1-2 drops of essential oil and diffuse intermittently: diffusing for 10 minutes then off for 30 minutes
  • Place the diffuser out of reach of your dog, such as on a high shelf or on the kitchen bench
  • When introducing an essential oil to your dog through diffusion, begin by diffusing a small amount of one oil at a time for a short amount of time and check your dog for any reactions 
  • Diffuse on the side of the room that is opposite to where your dog spends its time or in another room altogether 

Benefits

  • Does not require skin contact or long-term exposure to essential oils
  • Can help to remove harmful airborne bacteria and offensive odours

Safety

  • Always use low doses for your dog
  • Avoid using essential oils with strong, cooling, hot, or spicy aromas such as Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Oregano. 
  • Ensure the room is well-ventilated and you dog can easily get away from the smell if they feel uncomfortable
  • Avoid diffusing essential oils in small, confined rooms with your dog
  • Use the diffuser for short intermittent periods only, do not run non-stop
  • Immediately turn off a diffuser and seek veterinarian attention at the first sign of an undesired side effect, such as breathing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, seizures, or drowsiness
  • Room Spray

How to use

  • Spray very diluted essential oil solution
  • Spray around an open, well-ventilated room

Benefits

  • May help to create a calming aroma and environment
  • May energise your dog depending on the essential oil used
  • Eliminates unwanted doggy odours

Safety

  • Avoids prolonged exposure to oils
  • Avoid spraying on your dog’s bedding, their toys, and objects that your dog may put in their mouth 

Topical application

How to use

  • Always dilute with a safe carrier oil such as jojaba, coconut, sunflower or sweet almond
  • If using as a body mist only spray 3 times lightly

Benefits

  • May provide extended period of comfort depending on the benefits of the essential oil used

Safety

  • Use only essential oils and carrier oils that are approved by your veterinarian for your dog
  • Avoid stroking your dog near areas of fur or skin where you have applied the essential oil
  • Avoid applying essential oils to areas the dog can lick such as paws 
  • Do not allow your dog to walk across household surfaces that have been cleaned with essential oils, as they may lick their paws and ingest the essential oil

We strongly recommend consulting with a veterinarian before considering using any essential oil listed in the above table. What is safe for one pet might not be safe for another pet.

 

As your dog’s health and safety is your goal, do not forget these golden rules:

  • Always greatly dilute essential oils when using them near your dog
  • Keep essential oils away from your dog’s face, nose and eyes
  • Do not use essential oils on or around puppies under 10 weeks of age
  • Avoid phenol-rich oils such as oregano, cinnamon, basil, thyme, clove bud, wintergreen and sage around puppies and miniature breeds of dogs

Essential Oils and Dogs

When trying an application of any essential oil with your dog for the first time always ‘start low and go slow’. That is start with a very low dose of the essential oil in a carrier oil, diffuser or diluted for cleaning and use slowly, checking for any reactions. 

Enjoy the benefits of using essential oils for yourself and your family including your dog!