Which Essential Oils Are Toxic to Dogs?

Which Essential Oils are Toxic to Dogs?Essential oils are becoming very popular. Some people even use them for their dogs. Essential oils are often used for alternative treatments as medicine, to relieve anxiety, to relieve hip and joint pain, and to treat skin conditions. However, it’s important to exercise caution when using these on your dog to help avoid health risks when used incorrectly.

Essentials Oils That Are Toxic to Dogs

Some essential oils are toxic to dogs. They include:

  • citrus
  • peppermint
  • pine
  • ylang ylang
  • wintergreen
  • pennyroyal
  • cinnamon
  • sweet birch
  • tea tree (melaleuca)

These oils are dangerous for dogs— whether placed on the skin or ingested.

Can Essential Oils Help My Dog?

Essential oils come from plants and are highly concentrated. They are believed to have healthful benefits for humans and dogs. Many veterinarians include essential oils in their practice for a wide range of conditions, including tick and flea prevention.

Can Essential Oils Harm Dogs?

Although they are natural, not all essential oils should be used for dogs. Essential oils are potent by nature and may pose risks to your dog’s health if used improperly. If you’ve used essential oils, you already know how much difference a few drops can make.

It’s easy to confuse natural with safe. However, the reality is a little different. Essential oils are potent substances that can pose serious risks when used improperly. If you’ve ever used essential oils yourself, then you know how just a few extra drops can make a big difference. Look for products that are specially formulated for dogs to avoid major issues.

Chemicals that make up essential oils are rapidly absorbed into a canine’s system. Whether you use it as a hair, fur, skin, or coat product or administer it orally, essential oils are metabolized in your dog’s liver. For this reason, essential oils can be a problem for young dogs and also older dogs, especially ones that already have liver disease.

If you apply the essential oil where your dog can lick it, they may end up with an upset stomach. Be sure to keep your essential oils someplace where your dogs and other pets can’t get to them. If your dog gets sick after you apply essential oils, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Remember the Power of Your Dog’s Nose

The canine nose is much more powerful than the human nose. You can put a few drops of lavender oil on their favorite place to help calm them down in place of calming and anxiety treats. When you use oils improperly, you may see a change in behavior, as your pet’s central nervous system is impacted. Keep an eye out for any respiratory problems, which can turn serious quickly.

Even natural flea and tick treatments that have essential oils can cause problems. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies these products as pesticides. Since they are a minimum risk, most regulations do not apply.

Most cases of toxicity result from product misuse. However, some owners reported problems after carefully following the instructions on the label. Overall, there’s a lack of data to either support or discredit essential oils for canine use. The best thing you can do is ask your veterinarian about any essential oils you plan to introduce into your dog’s health regimen.

How You Can Use Essential Oils Safely

To use essential oils with your pup, simply talk to your veterinarian. They should be able to tell you which oils are harmful and may be able to provide you with information about how to dilute essential oils to use on dogs.

How to Prepare & Dress Your Dog for Winter

Dog with scarf and winter background.You either understand it or you don’t: the relationship between a dog and its owner. Dogs alert us, guard us, track for us, hunt for us, and serve as companions to us. Dogs descended from wolves, but we domesticated them. Therefore, they no longer know how to care for themselves as they did in the wild. We shower dogs with love. We feed them choice dog food. We make sure they receive the finest medical care. Often, we pile them up in our own beds. Many even view their pets as family members. Regardless of whether we see our dogs as part of our families or as our precious companions, it is our responsibility to care for them and to keep them safe and happy. In the wintertime, this can be especially problematic as cold temperatures set in; however, there are some helpful tips for making sure your dog is prepared for the change in weather.

Read more How to Prepare & Dress Your Dog for Winter

Your Guide to Dog Body Language

Happy dog and girl outdoors.A dog is a man’s best friend, and it is important for friends to understand each other. This goes for pet owners everywhere. One of the key steps dog owners need to take is understanding the body language of their dog. Pets do not have the ability to communicate in the same way people do. Therefore, dogs use other ways to communicate with pets and their owners.

Read more Your Guide to Dog Body Language

Tackling Dog Anxiety: Common Causes and Potential Solutions

What to do About Dog AnxietyAccording to animal behaviorists, up to 40 percent of dogs suffer from separation anxiety. Other forms of anxiety can affect dogs as well, often leaving their owners at quite a loss on how to help them.

In fact, many dog owners are simply not prepared to handle the concerning behaviors that arise as their pets start to feel anxious. Their dog may howl, whine, and bark constantly or even start to tear up the house to cope with how they are feeling.

Knowing how to help is even more difficult, since there are so many different ways anxiety arises and presents in dogs. But an understanding of all the different forms of anxiety in dogs can help. With this information, you can pinpoint the cause of the anxiety and start working toward a solution. Use this guide to get started.

Read more Tackling Dog Anxiety: Common Causes and Potential Solutions

Dogs and Their Human Owners Need to Play With Dog Toys!

play-with-dog-is-good-exerciseDog vitamins and supplements are usually great for your dog or puppy. But sometimes a simple toy or play thing will do wonders for a dog or puppies well-being. Most good dog toys encourage your dog to run and be active. However, other toys encourage your dogs thinking and reasoning skills – which becomes more important as your dog ages.

The Importance of Dog Play and Dog Toys

Just like all work and no play makes a dog owner an unhappy person to be around, the same applies to a dog. Dogs that simply sleep and eat all day and don’t have the chance to get outside and play, can sometimes exhibit signs of depression and/or lethargy. And even though walks with your dog are great, playtime with your dog is even better. Read more Dogs and Their Human Owners Need to Play With Dog Toys!

Why Your Dog Needs a Leash on Walks

dogs-need-leashesDog collars and leashes are important for any dog owner. When walking or controlling a dog, a proper dog neck restraint, using a leash or collar, is important. Certain dog and leash collars also have many colors, styles and personalizations. It’s important that they are made well, with heavy construction. Using the proper dog restraint is important with older dogs, especially those with dog hip and joint pain, so as to not aggregate the areas of dog pain.

When buying a dog leash, harness or vest halter, know what you are going to use it for. In other words, is it for your casual evening stroll? Or is it being bought for your best friend to run along side, behind or in front as you jog or bicycle? Many time, dog owners will buy two different styles, depending on their needs. Regardless, don’t forget to take the harness off and let the dog run free occasionally. It’s great exercise and fun for him or her! Read more Why Your Dog Needs a Leash on Walks