Are Essential Oils Safe for Good Dogs?

Health

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I live in a “scent free” home. That’s an odd concept for us dogs but what I mean is, huMom doesn’t wear perfume or use stinky soaps or burn scented candles. But some people like these things.

Some humans like to scent their homes using essential oils in a diffuser. Some essential oils are safe but many are toxic to good dogs & can cause serious harm just from sniffing them.

One popular oil in particular, Tea Tree oil, is highly toxic to both humans & dogs if taken orally. There’s no antidote, the more ingested the worse the symptoms.

Symptoms of toxicity vary depending on exposure. Minor symptoms like drooling or vomiting may happen with just a small exposure. A dog may appear weak, have difficulty walking, or seem partially paralyzed. Prolonged exposure can lead to life-threatening symptoms like organ failure, seizures, greatly reduced level of consciousness, or coma. It’s possible that symptoms may not be noticeable for up to 12 hours after exposure. That’s far too long to be breathing in a toxin.

Below is a list of essential oils you should not have in your home if you have a dog.

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Birch (Betula)
  • Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
  • Boldo (Peumus boldus)
  • Calamus (Acorus calamus)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Cassia (Cassia fistula)
  • Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
  • Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
  • Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
  • Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Mustard (Brassica juncea)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
  • Red or White Thyme
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  • Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  • Savory (Satureja)
  • Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

If you have a good dog, you might not want to have essential oils in your home at all. Please research before you plug in that diffuser. You may save your good dog’s life.

CEO Olivia