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Are essential oils safe for dogs?

Everything you need to know about the safety of essential oils in dogs


Dog sniffing essential oils

You may have heard many different stories about essential oils and dogs: that they can be very dangerous, that the dog can be poisoned, the list goes on.


Now, I'm not saying that's not true, but what has almost always happened in these cases is that the owner has forcibly put on (well not really, but let's just say he didn't ask permission) the oils on his dog, and very often undiluted!


Essential oils are actually quite safe to use, especially if you let your dog guide you and tell you what he wants or needs, but as is usually the case, you need a little general information, and you should follow some basic rules.


Basic rules for using essential oils on your dog


1. Essential oils are not natural!


Never forget that essential oils are removed by humans from the plant, so the safety measures that are in place throughout the plant have been removed. If a wild animal ate the plant containing the essential oil, it would stop eating long before it had enough essential oil in its body to cause toxicity.



2. Always dilute the oil


Essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil, and you should rarely put the oils on your dog's body. Never offer essential oils directly from the bottle, as the aroma can be overwhelming, always offer the bottle with the lid closed and if your dog is interested, dilute, dilute, dilute.



3. Always ask your dog for permission


Let your dog smell the oil, with the lid closed, whenever you plan to use oils on your dog. Never put oil on your dog, and never use essential oil diffusers near your dog. If you do, you risk an adverse reaction like the stories you hear about in the news.


Dog licking his nose after smelling essential oils

Safety precautions for essential oils and your dog


Here are some additional safety precautions to follow in order to use your essential oils safely:


  • Always dilute your essential oils in a high quality carrier oil.

  • If your dog shows signs of a reaction, stop using the oil immediately and contact a professional.

  • Always store your oils in a cool, dark place and make sure the lids are tightly closed.

  • Never leave your essential oils within reach of your dog.

  • Never use essential oils on pregnant or lactating female dogs.



If you would like to learn more about using essential oils on your dog and how to offer the oils to your dog, download a copy of my guide to using essential oil remedies, which will give you tips on the best way to offer the oils to your dog!





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