While essential oils offer extensive safety and well-being for all family members, some are not recommended for use around pets. Dogs are sensitive to some scents, and while some Young Living products are specially designed for them, they can be toxic to dogs and affect their health.

The well-being of the entire family is our priority. It is precisely for this reason that we believe it is important to know which essential oils are toxic to dogs so you can take the proper steps to apply them without affecting your canine.

Which oils affect dogs

If you want to use the essential oils in your home, and you have dogs, it is imperative that you know if and how it can affect them. We want to help you with that, so we’ll leave a short list of toxic essential oils for your pet:

  • Peppermint
  • Pennyroyal
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Juniper
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Birch
  • Pine
  • Tea tree
  • Clove
  • Thyme
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus fruit

Keep in mind that these essential oils, while bringing great benefits to your home, life and family, can affect the health of your canines.

How Essential Oils Affect Dog Health

Depending on the essential oil, the condition may vary in each canine.

Cinnamon essential oil

The diffusion of essential oil of cinnamon in the presence of our dog can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased blood sugar levels, liver disease and even alterations in heart rate.

Pennyroyal essential oil

When using pennyroyal essential oil near our canines, they may experience vomiting and diarrhea. Some episodes may be bloody and accompanied by a lethargic attitude in the canine.

Pine essential oil

Pine oil can cause high levels of toxicity, reflected in vomiting, skin irritation, lack of coordination, and central nervous system disorders. In addition, the liver and kidney function of our canines may be affected.

Citrus Essential Oil

Citrus essential oils usually cause vomiting, convulsions, and constant shaking. The dog will remain lethargic and severely affected.

Sweet Birch Essential Oil

Sweet birch can generate serious symptoms of toxicity in canines. This will be manifested by constant convulsions, gastrointestinal ulcers and kidney failure. The damage caused can be severe and even result in the death of the dog from intoxication.

Essential oil Ylang Ylang

This oil generates weakness and discouragement in dogs. Loss of balance, vomiting and difficulty in breathing are other symptoms of toxicity.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Severe depression, loss of coordination and paralysis are some of the signs that can manifest when the dog is in contact with tea tree essential oil.

What to do in case of canine poisoning?

If your dog is accidentally affected by inhalation or contact with any of these essential oils we recommend that you do not provide any treatment without prior authorisation from your vet.

If it is to be used topically, wash the canine’s skin with plenty of water and contact a specialist. Let him know which oil the dog was poisoned with and he will act accordingly.

How to avoid essential oil toxicity in dogs

It is important to note that not all oils are toxic to dogs. That is, we must differentiate which are safe and which are not to ensure the welfare of our pet.

In addition, consulting with your veterinarian before applying essential oils to your pet is essential. This is because some dogs may be sensitive to some of the natural components used in essential oils and may cause an allergic reaction.

On the other hand, we recommend that you keep your pet out of the room where you decide to spread some of the essential oils found in the previous section. At least for one day after the diffusion it is recommended that the canine is not close by, this way you will avoid him/her inhaling the oil.

Another important recommendation is that you use the product properly, this way you will ensure you get the most out of the benefits of the essential oils without affecting the health of your canine companions.

Be sure to keep essential oils out of your pet’s reach. Dogs can be restless and curious and have a strong sense of smell and can sense the scent of essential oils from a distance, which can be counterproductive if the oil is toxic to them.

To learn more about essential oils, visit our essential oil uses and benefits page with over 100 different ways you can use essential oils to maintain a healthy lifestyle.