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Which Essential Oils Are Toxic to Dogs?

Essential oils have been used for centuries as natural remedies for all types of ailments. Treatments of insomnia to migraines are just scratching the surface. The Mayo Clinic says aromatherapy and essential oils are even becoming popular as pain management tools!

Our Aroma essential oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid extracts from plants. Our Aroma is the global leader and fastest-growing scent brand and controls aromatherapy from farm to your diffuser. Our Aroma extracts its essential oils one of two ways, steam distillation, and cold press.

Aromatherapy benefits for humans

Some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:

  • Relief from anxiety and depression

  • Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions

  • Improved sleep

Smaller studies suggest that atomizing aromatherapy with lavender oil may help:

  • Reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee

  • Improve the quality of life for people with dementia

  • Reduce pain for people with kidney stones

Essential oils and pets

While there are many benefits for us through aromatherapy, many of us live with pets. Their greater sense of smell and more sensitive noses can have an adverse reaction to the essential oils.

Dogs suffering from respiratory problems or asthma should avoid being around most candles and diffusers, but a nebulizing diffuser could prove more troublesome than passive diffusers. The nebulizing diffusers break oils into teeny, tiny particles of oil into the air. These particles are either inhaled or land on things like your pet’s bed or fur (which your pet might lick off later).

These essential oils are toxic to your pets

Essential oils have shown to be toxic to dogs if ingested, inhaled, or used topically include:

  • Pine oil

  • Pennyroyal oil

  • Tea tree oil

  • Cinnamon oil

  • Wintergreen oil

  • Citrus oils

  • Peppermint oil

  • Ylang Ylang

  • Sweet birch oil

  • Eucalyptus oil

How to tell if essential oils are making your dog sick

If you try out a diffuser and notice negative side effects in your dog, stop using it right away and take your dog outside for fresh air immediately. The following symptoms are a clue to an adverse reaction by your pet:

  • Red, watery eyes

  • Excessively watery nose

  • Sneezing

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Drooling

  • Redness around the lips, eyes, or nose

  • Excessive rubbing of face or ears

Dogs have also been known to become lethargic if they’ve ingested anything toxic, so don’t ignore an excessively sleepy pup.

With any type of medical therapy, test and trial the therapy. While introducing aromatherapy to your home, be alert to the symptoms not only of yourself but your pets too.

Our Aroma is the world's leader in creating all-natural bath and body, and skincare products that are good for you and the environment!


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