Essential Oils for Dogs: Safety

Essential Oils Oils to Avoid with Dogs

Fortunately, dogs respond very well to most essential oils in the same way humans do.   But there are some key considerations below.

Also don’t forget they are far more olfactory-based (sensitive to smell) and metabolize things differently that we do.  So go slow on your introductions to new oils.  Start with diffusion or carrier oils.   Don’t add more “drops” than the recipes you find — more is not always better. Don’t assume that they are magic and things happen instantly — it may take a little time and multiple experiences of oils and blends to see the results.

Quality Matters — Avoid Less Quality / Cheap Essential Oils

I have done a lot of research. I’ve asked a lot of questions. And I truly believe in the quality of Young Living.

There are 4 Grades of Essential Oils.  Young Living is known to have authentic Grade A, 100% Pure, Therapeutic, Medicinal quality oils.  They own the farms.  The own the process to distill the oils.  They stake their reputation on quality.  And are very transparent in that.

According to FDA it only requires 5% essential oil in the bottle to be considered Therapeutic/Pure.  Some companies take a byproduct of Grade A oil called floral water, put 5% of that in the bottle and label it pure.   What’s the rest??   Solvent?   Alcohol.  Synthetics.  Who knows for sure.   But Synthetics would be worse for our dogs and and efforts to go chemical free.

If you can’t find your brand’s farm, distillation and botting processes documented — avoid them.

If you’re buying big bottles for cheap prices — expect that the quality is less.   Just facts.

Essential Oils to Avoid With Your Dog

Anise / Birch / Bitter Almond / Boldo / Camphor / Cassia / Chenopodium / Clove / Garlic / Goosefoot / Horse Radish / Hyssop / Juniper Wood / Mustard / Oregano / Penn Royal / Red – White Thyme / Rue / Santolina / Sassafras / Savory /  Tansy  (not the same things as Blue Tansy) / Tea Tree  / Wintergreen / Wormwood

Italic items:  Are Not  Available from Young Living, and therefore NOT referenced in  Essential Oil  Animal Desk Reference  or YL Website.    These should NOT be considered safe for use. 

Blue  items: these items are referenced as single oils and often used in blends, misting sprays,  etcfor canine usage – often debatable.   But research suggests it’s the quality & synthetics of these oils that often cause issue.    You will often find Oregano, Clove, Thyme, Tea Tree, and Wintergreen use in a number of remedies for K9 first Aid or care .    Dilute appropriately.   When in doubt, seek guidance from a veterinary professional.  

Red:   Avoid 100%

Hot Oils

Some oils are consider to be “hot”.  This is true for humans as well.   They include (but not limited to) Cinnamon, Oregano, Peppermint, Clove, Lemongrass and other blends that contain them.   Diffusion is a great way to use these oils.  If applying topically, a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, Young Living V6, etc.) should be used for introduction.


When in Doubt?

Ask!   Lots of reference materials and holistic vets who have information to assist.

Note:   this article does not pertain to cats, birds, or other animals.   Oils may vary.  Do your research.