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 Are Essential Oils Bad For Dogs?

Not long ago, I went to the 2018 European Doterra convention to learn about using essential oils safely. Essential oils are something I love to use daily to support my own health and emotional wellbeing.

I love my Bichon Dogs Yoda and Casper and this lead me to ask the question what essential oils are not good for dogs? 

You see, It was clear that some essential oils are toxic for animals and dogs, yet other oils are beneficial and can help support a pooch from getting rid of ticks and fleas to using essential oils for dog pain. 

Today I will be sharing with you the best essential oils for dogs and sharing a list of essential oils that are toxic for dogs. I hope you find this information useful. It’s been interesting learning all about how to use oil safely with your dog and I’m excited to share this with you today. 

Are Essential Oils Bad For Dogs?

Which Essential Oils Are Safe For Dogs? 

Whilst some essential oils are dangerous for dogs, others have some amazing benefits. My dog Yoda has arthritis and since giving him copaiba oil each night on his shoulders, Yoda has clearly been in less pain and has been able to sleep through the night. 

Essential oils for dogs therefore can be super helpful and a natural way to help your pet when they have certain dog health issues

Here is a list of essential oils safe for dogs. … This is not a unlimited list. 








Roman Camomile

Clary Sage

Are Essential Oils Bad For Dogs?

Are Essential Oil Diffusers Safe For Dogs?

I love to use an oil diffuser every night. In fact, we have oil diffusers in all our bedrooms and our pet dogs do sleep in the bedroom with us. This lead me to ask the question, “are essential oil diffusers safe for dogs?”. 

After speaking to experts at the Doterra convention and researching, I found that the answer is yes and no. It really does depend on which essential oils you use. 

Certain essential oil and oil blends are very beneficial for dogs. For example, lavender oil. Lavender oil is safe for dogs and can have a claming effect when used topically or in a diffusor. Therefore if your dog is suffering from anxiety, or it’s firework night, your pet could seriously benefit from inhaling the smell of Lavender. 

Eucalyptus is also another oil, that is helpful to dogs. Eucalyptus oil can help a dog with a cold to breath better and adding this oil to a diffuser is safe for dogs.

Whilst giving toxic oils to a dog internally or topically is clearly dangerous, the levels of toxicity in a diffusor is much lower. Having said this, you would not want to use any oils in your diffuser if the oils are known as “toxic” or bad for dogs.

Dogs have a highly sensitive nose and a strong sense of smell could potentially cause problems for your pet. Stick to safe oils in your diffusor when your dog is around and always leave the door open so your pet has the option to leave the room if they prefer! 

Toxic Essential Oils For Dogs

If you want to know what essential oils are toxic for dogs then here is a list to help you keep your precious pup safe at all times. 

List of essential oils not good for dogs … 

There are other oils that may be toxic and unsafe for dogs and this list is not limited

  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Tea tree (melaleuca)
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang
  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Thyme
  • Juniper berry
  • Yarrow

Are Essential Oils Bad For Dogs?

Keeping Dogs Safe When Using Oils

Always use essential oils with caution around your pets. If your unsure whether a certain oil is safe or unsafe for your dog then take a few minutes to research and find out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and if you love your dog as much as my family does, then you can keep your dog safe and promote their wellbeing at the same time by using safe oils around your pets.