Essential Oils that are safe for Dogs

With more people becoming interested in using natural products and essential oils being one of them, it’s important to remember than not all essential oils are safe for dogs.

As a pet owner it’s important to know which ones are okay and which are not, especially if you are using essential oils in your home for cleaning or just for scent in a diffuser.



For cleaning your home I would recommend using pet friendly cleaners like Mrs Meyers – Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner – 16 oz – Basil

Are Essential Oils Safe For Dogs?

Essential oils are safe for Dogs if used right, because dogs are much more sensitive to scents than we are they should be introduced to your dog with care.  It is very important to dilute the oil and test is on your dog to make sure that your dog can tolerate it.  Dogs like people have different tolerances to different things.

Guide to diluting essential oils

The Aromatic Dog – Essential Oils, Hydrosols, & Herbal Oils for Everyday Dog Care: A Practical Guide

The information in this article is from research done on this topic and should be used only as a guideline, please be sure to consult your veterinarian before introducing your pet to essential oils.

Many people say essential oils are safe for pets and there are others that disagree with this.

My personal opinion on this is that if the oils are diluted some are safe and can even help when added to a shampoo for skin conditions.

Keep in mind:

  • Dogs are more sensitive to essential oils than humans are so they should be diluted more than for human use.
  • Most problems with dogs and essential oils are from inhaling them.
  • don’t use essential oils on puppies 12 weeks or younger
  • never add essential oils to your dogs water
  • Only use essential oils to treat conditions

When introducing essential oils to your dog make sure they are diluted and don’t introduce too many at one time.  Three is a relatively safe number.

Why would you use essential oils for you dog and how?


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Common conditions that essential oils would be used for your dog are:

  • skin issues such as eczema, bacterial or fungal infections
  • bruises
  • scars
  • arthritis
  • and the most common – flea control

To use for these conditions dilute 3-5 drops of essential oil in 80-90 percent carrier oil.


I make a pet shampoo and I have more customers every year.  They say it helps to keep their dogs skin moisturized and the coat looking well.  I have a couple dog owners that had tried everything for skin issues and this soap was and still is the only thing that will work.

Dog Shampoo Recipe

What essential oils are safe for dogs? 

What Essential Oils should not be used on Dogs?

Some essential oils that should never be used on animals some of these are:  Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintermint and Yarrow.

Other oils that should be avoided when you have a dog are:

  • Anise
  • Birch
  • Camphor
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Juniper
  • Mustard
  • Oregano
  • Pine
  • Rue
  • Savory
  • Tea Tree
  • Wintergreen
  • Yarrow

When using essential oils for you pet remember they should be diluted never use full strength essential oil on your pets and always if unsure of what essential oils are safe for you dog or other pets, check with your local veterinarian.

What are some of the symptoms of poisoning in pets?

If your dog or other pet has been in contact with essential oils or for that matter any other item that may be poison to your pet, check for the following symptoms:

  • The odor of essential oils on their breath, skin or fur
  • Difficulty with breathing
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Unbalanced – stumbling not walking well
  • Muscle tremors
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Redness on the tongue, lips or inside mouth
  • Vomiting

These are some symptoms, but generally as a pet owner it is best to stay alert and if you see any changes to your pets behavior seek medical treatment immediately.  Call your local veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680

Keeping your Pets Safe

  • Be sure to store any essential oils out of your pets reach
  • If you use a diffuser make sure it’s in a place where your pet can not knock it over.
  • don’t use any essential oils on your pet unless diluted
  • use cleaning supplies that are safe for pets
  • When using essential oils for pets only use to treat symptoms

There are safe Pet friendly products that contain essential oils such as calming aids for stressed out dog due to travel or thunderstorms.



LifeFORCE Mellow Dog Essential Oil Blend

Here are some safe products for you dog should you want to treat conditions naturally with essential oils, but please check with your veterinarian first.

Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiparasitic and Antiseborrheic Medicated Shampoo for Dogs – Veterinary Recommended, Fast-Acting Shampoo For Mange, Parasitic Infections, Seborrhea, and Fungal and Bacterial Skin Infections in Dogs (16 oz bottle)

The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs: Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nation’s Top Holistic Veterinarians




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1 Response to Essential Oils that are safe for Dogs

  1. Enid Neel says:

    This is a very interesting article about dogs and essential oils. I have a dog that has very dry itchy skin. I appreciate the ideas. I will definitely try some of these! Thanks so much.

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