Sweet Smells for You May Be Poison for Your Dog

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

Sometimes, I like to sit back and relax with a nice cuppa and burn essential oils, inhaling the soothing odours that are diffused into the air. Mmmm.

It turns out that essential oils used in diffusers may not be so soothing and relaxing for your dog. In fact, they are toxic for dogs and can leave them, incredibly, unable to recognize you, should they survive. These essential oils can be fatal.

Now that the popularity of essential oil is growing, vets and poison control are saying that they see these cases more often. Vets are warning against the use of these oils - below a list of oils to avoid if you have a dog.

This information makes me question whether household sprays used to eliminate pet odour may have the same effect. I rely on anti-bacterial sprays to remove pet odours. Perhaps it's time to find a natural solution.

Essential Oil Diffusers can poison your dog

Essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Birch (Betula)

Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)

Boldo (Peumus boldus)

Calamus (Acorus calamus)

Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)

Cassia (Cassia fistula)

Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)

Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)

Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Mustard (Brassica juncea)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)

Red or White ThymeRue (Ruta graveolens)

Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Savory (Satureja)

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)

Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)”

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