If you diffuse essential oils around your home and have pets there are some safety measures to be aware of. If you’re wondering, ‘can I diffuse essential oils around my dog?’, then the answer is yes, but please read the following to ensure you and your dog(s) are safe.
What Are Essential Oil Diffusers and Why Diffuse Oils?
If you’re new to essential oils and haven’t actually started diffusing yet I will outline the basics you need to know:
- Diffusers use electric power to break down oil and water and create a fine mist.
- Diffusers are an easy way to absorb the benefits of essential oils around the home.
- You can add any number of essential oils and blends into a diffuser.
You can check out more of the benefits to diffusing around the home in this post.
If you are looking for a diffuser check out my review of the popular Radha Beauty Diffuser.
A Dog’s Sense of Smell Is 40 Times + Stronger Than Humans
Dogs have an incredibly powerful sense of smell. So if you think an oil is particularly strong, just imagine how powerful it’s going to be to your dog. Here are some things to consider:
- Never use high-phenol oils, such as Thyme and Oregano.
- Dilute oils with an essential oil diluting agent, such as Young Living Vegetable Oil Complex (below).
- Keep an eye on how your dog reacts to small amounts of oil diffused. All pets are different, so pay careful attention to any reactions.
- Don’t leave the bottles of oils anywhere your dog can inhale directly.
Young Living V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
This product is a diluting agent to be used with essential oils. It’s great for sensitive skin, odorless, and will help reduce the smell and strength of the oil being diffused so it’s safer for pets.
Your Dog’s Size and Breed Affects the Amount of Oil You Can Diffuse
There are loads of different breeds of dog and they come in all shapes and sizes. While I can’t comment on specific breeds of dogs, here are some general rules to take note of:
- Use a lot less oil around much smaller dogs. 1-2 drops in a diffuser will be enough around small dogs.
- You can use a drop of oil on yourself or with aromatherapy jewelry for a while before diffusing to allow your pet to get used to the smell.
- When you start diffusing, only diffuse for short periods of time at first and check for your pet’s reaction.
Essential oils are natural, safe products for us to use but can potentially cause harm to pets if used in large amounts.
There is a need to act with caution and common sense. I covered some oils and recipes for treating fleas on dogs and other pets if you want to combine the benefit of killing off fleas.
If you’re just diffusing oils for yourself then adhere to all the advice in this article and I’m sure you, and your dog will be fine.
If there is any sign of your dog being uncomfortable or bothered in any way then stop diffusing the oils immediately.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.