Essential oils have become a huge part of our lives, and it’s no wonder that all pet owners want to try them out on their furry friends. It is said that essential oils are all-natural, but that does not mean that they are safe for dogs. Essential oils can prove to be risky to dogs when not used properly, and certain essential oils are toxic to dogs.
- Citrus oils
Essential oils have a very strong and potent smell that can be soothing to us but can be irritating to dogs. Citrus oils can bring about a wave of unpleasant symptoms in dogs. On inhaling citrus essential oils, your dog may vomit, experience lethargy, or even go through seizures.
- Pine oil
The smell of pine for us humans may serve to be a reminder of winter months, but that is unfortunately not the case when it comes to pups. Pine oil tends to irritate both the skin and the stomach of your furry friend. Diarrhea and vomit are the common symptoms and reactions that dogs have toward pine oil. However, in some cases, they can be some very dangerous reactions such as liver damage and central nervous system damage. Hence, pine is one essential oil that you need to keep away from your dog.
- Tea tree oil
It is is also known as melaleuca oil and is obtained by the steam distillation of the leaves of the Australian tea tree. Although humans use tea tree oil for various reasons, it is toxic for dogs when ingested. Dogs are likely to ingest tea tree oil by licking on surfaces that the oil has been applied to. It is hence better to avoid using tea tree oil if you have a dog in your house. Even when tea tree is applied topically to your dog, they go through worrisome symptoms like vomiting, weakness, muscle tremors, hypersalivation, low body temperature, increased liver enzymes, and even loss of consciousness.
- Ylang Ylang oil
The fragrance of Ylang Ylang is wonderful, so much so that it is added as an additive to many of the perfumes that we use. Ylang Ylang may be a beautiful scent for humans, but they are just the opposite for dogs. Dogs inhaling the scent of Ylang Ylang can experience breathing difficulties, vomiting, and feelings of weakness and tiredness.
- Cinnamon oil
The smell of cinnamon does not agree with dogs and can bring forth symptoms like low blood sugar, vomiting, liver disease, lethargy, agitation, tremors, and seizures.
- Pennyroyal oil
Pennyroyal oils can be toxic to dogs and may even result in death. If you are a dog owner, make sure that you never buy and use Pennyroyal essential oil in your home. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can be the result of liver damage in your pet.
- Wintergreen oil
Severe stomach problems and ulcers are the symptoms that dogs face when exposed to wintergreen essential oil. It can also lead to renal and liver failure in your furry friend.