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Essential Oils and Dogs- Read Your Labels!

August 1, 2023

Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for our dogs can be of great benefit to our beloved fury babies.

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Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for our dogs can be of great benefit to our beloved fury babies. Lavender is calming and can help ease anxiety. Cedarwood, Orange oil and Geranium can repel fleas and ticks.  The use of essential oils in “all natural” pet products is a much better (and safer) alternative to those that are chemically loaded. If I can’t pronounce it, I am not using it on my Dog.  But just because it is labeled as all natural, does not mean it is safe for your dog. The pet product industry is well, let me save that for another blog day!

It is important to remember that the essential oils blends and aromatherapy that human beings can handle and enjoy, might not produce the same reaction in our pets. In fact, some oils can be quite dangerous. Used correctly, they are an indispensable part of integrative medical care.

When purchasing all-natural pet products please read your labels. I will repeat, PLEASE READ YOUR LABELS!

If any of the below listed essential oils are listed in the ingredients, do not purchase. They are toxic to dogs. And just a caution my feline loving pet parent…. NEVER USE ESSENTIAL ON OR NEAR CATS. They can not metabolize them and can be seriously fatal to kitties!

Essential oils to avoid:  This is just a small list, there are many more,  but most common in products







Rosemary- can cause seizures in smaller dogs- avoid altogether

TEA TREE- number one ingredient in manufactured pet products and is TOXIC

So with that being said, please continue to use all natural products, but read your labels!  If you have any questions about safe use of essential oils for dogs, feel free to email me at

Lori Gammon, CPMP, CAAP

Owner and Founder- The Peaceful Paw

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