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Have you heard that essential oils on dogs is a thing? It really is. And we’ve been excited to do some research on this ourselves to make sure we can bring you helpful information in your journey to keep your pets safe.
In today’s blog post, we’re going to talk about how to safely use essential oils on dogs.
Without a doubt, you’ve heard something about the use of essential oils on dogs recently. We know pet owners want to bath their dogs with shampoos and have them soft, smooth and clean, however many like to use essential oils too.
They seem to be all the hype online, in stores, and all over social media. Maybe you’re leery of trying them out, or maybe you’re a seasoned essential oil user. The use of essential oils for human wellness is greatly debated, as is the case with dogs. Many dog owners and groomers likely have wondered how to safely use essential oils on dogs. We’ve put together this post as a quick reference to guide you through!
A great way to acclimate pets to essential oils is to wear the oils near the dog or diffuse in the area where the dog is located. This will allow the dog to breathe in the scent, which can be very helpful in itself!
If applying oils to your pup, be sure to dilute them. Oils should be used 1-5 drops at a time and should be around 75% diluted before applying. Start small and increase.
While many quality companies make food-grade essential oils that are safe for human ingestion, essential oils on dogs should NOT be consumed. The best way to administer essential oils to dogs is by rubbing the diluted mixture on paw pads. Be mindful of your dog after administration and allow oils to soak in so that he or she doesn’t lick the oils off.
Avoid using “hot” oils like wintergreen and peppermint. Also avoid the use high phenol oils such as oregano, clove, and thyme.
When used safely, it’s ok to use essential oils on dogs. However, use on puppies should be avoided.
According to Organic Aromas, anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow are not good essential oils for dogs. One of the reasons is that these may trigger a range of issues from allergies and skin sensitivities to interference in their natural body processes.
Pure, therapeutic essential oils can be very beneficial for dogs and their people alike. Like with all good things, essential oils should be used in moderation and careful consideration of safety guidelines. It is always important to check with your veterinarian when introducing any new treatment into your dog’s routine.