Essential oils have become an important and holistic mainstream remedy for both people and pets due to its excellent healing properties. What is significant is the effects of essential oils on pets. Did you realize some of the essential oil products you use daily are harmful to your dog? Following is a general guide on some basic safety information about which essential oil not to use on your dogs to keep them happy and healthy.
First, it is important to note that pets, in general, are more sensitive to essential oils than humans. Just the act of inhaling can be as harmful as ingesting to a dog. So, always dilute as a precaution before using.
Before you choose to use any essential oil you have in your home, it is important to consult your veterinarian for approval. This will help you avoid unforeseen effects on your dog. With that in mind, the list of essential oils that your dog should not encounter are:
Why are they bad for dogs?
All pets including dogs have a more acute sense of smell than humans; therefore, any use of essential oil without veterinarian consent and approval may lead to an impulsive reaction from your dog. If you use a worming device or a diffuser at your home, then be wary that you might be impacting your dog without being aware.
If you choose to use essential oils around the home, always start with therapeutic grade essential oils. When a dog inhales various scents, it can easily lead to aspiration pneumonia due to the toxicity of that essential oil. Most dogs are sensitive to this kind of oils; therefore, and regular use can lead to liver damage, depression of the central nervous system and gastrointestinal upset.
Finding the appropriate oil for your dog is a practice known as zoo pharmacognosy. It is a method that allows pets to self-medicate by selecting and ingesting or topically applying plants, soils, insects, oils that are found in natural environments. This best of all benefits the animal to avoid adverse effects.
We will continue the topic in the next article with a list of essential oils that are safe for dogs.