Essential Oils & Your Dog

The Good:

Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils May Relax Shelter Dogs.

Two recent studies indicate that an essential oil preparation (neem oil, rosemary extract, lavender oil, clove oil, tea tree oil, oregano extract, peppermint extract and cedar bark ex- tract) delivered with polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E will lesson atopic dermatitis, although other veterinary interventions were still required in most cases.  Still, the essential oil preparations allowed treatment providers to reduce the dog’s exposure to stronger treatments with a greater likelihood of adverse side effects.  M. Blaskovic, et al. (2013) The effect of a spot-on formulation containing polyunsaturated fatty acids and essential oils on dogs with atopic dermatitis.  The Veterinary Journal, (citing Tretter and Mueller, 2011).

Patricia McConnell wrote a blog post recently about a study conducted in Gloucesteshire that found essential oils helpful in increasing sleep and reducing vocalizations, particularly ginger and coconut.

 

Purchase many of the oils used in scent work, such as Clove, Lemon Grass, Myrrh, and Vetiver here.

And the Bad:

Be Careful with Birch and Other Essential Oils.

Essential Oils and Dogs / Pet Poison Hotline.

Purchase many of the oils used in scent work, such as Clove, Lemon Grass, Myrrh, and Vetiver here.

General

Here is an article that talks quite sensibly about using essential oils around your dog.  As a person who is sensitive to a lot of perfumes I love her discussion on moderating the quantities used, dilution, and letting your pet “choose”  or “approve” scents before incorporating them into regular use.

Another source of information is the Essential Oil Vet.