Some essential oils are harmful to your dog!

It is important to remember you and your vet know your dog. Keep in mind that every dog’s biological makeup is unique, and products will interact differently from species to species and individual dog to individual dog. 

This list names some essential oils that are harmful to your dog, but is not exclusive to the essential oils on this list:

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus (d-limonene)
  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Juniper
  • Oregano
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Sage
  • Tea tree (melaleuca)
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils and Dogs

Some golden rules are:

  • 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, wintergreen and sage around puppies and miniature breeds of 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. 

Dog owners, if you are uncertain or reluctant to use a ‘safe’ oil on or near your dog you should disregard the safe lists and follow your own instincts. Always seek veterinarian advice.

Look out for our next blog with information on the signs your dog may show if they are reacting to your essential oils.