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Dog Poisoned by the Diffuser

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Dog Poisoned by the Diffuser

Saturday night I got home late and my dog didn't recognize me. Being a nanny I thought I woke him up and he was having a night terror. Sunday, he was still acting weird. I realized that I had been running my new diffuser and decided to turn it off. Sunday afternoon, he was feeling better.

Today at work, my dog sitter said that he wouldn't come out from under the bed. It was very odd as he is a happy dog.

I came from work early and again, he was very confused about who I was.

So I took him to emergency vet.

It turns out that the tea tree oil I was using in the diffuser is toxic for dogs. Thankfully the test showed that his liver was ok but we weren't out of the woods yet. He was given fluids under his skin to get the toxins out.

The vet and the poison control are saying that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing.

Please make sure that the essential oils you are burning are not toxic for your pets. 

Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home

  1. Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  2. Birch (Betula)
  3. Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
  4. Boldo (Peumus boldus)
  5. Calamus (Acorus calamus)
  6. Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  7. Cassia (Cassia fistula)
  8. Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
  9. Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
  10. Garlic (Allium sativum)
  11. Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
  12. Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
  13. Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
  14. Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
  15. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  16. Mustard (Brassica juncea)
  17. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  18. Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
  19. Red or White Thyme
  20. Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  21. Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  22. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  23. Savory (Satureja)
  24. Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  25. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  26. Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
  27. Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
  28. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  29. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  30. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


Here is a list of essential oils that are safe for dogs

  1. Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
  2. Chamomile Roman Essential Oil
  3. Clary Sage Essential Oil
  4. Ginger Grass Essential Oil
  5. Marjoram Essential Oil


We recommend you stay away from essential oils that may be harmful to pets. You can view our full collection of dog safe essential oils here.


"If you want to use essential oils with your dogs, there is an easy way to do it safely: Talk to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will let you know which oils are potentially harmful and can also provide you with information about the best carrier oils to properly dilute essential oils for dogs, as well as appropriate dosages." Source: AKC

 And right now, when you purchase any of our Essential Oils, a small portion of the sale will be donated to the ASPCA. A national non-profit organization, their main priority is to rescue and protect animals that are in harmful environments, such as puppy mills, dog fighting and many other abusive situations. If you're in need of some pet-friendly essential oils and are looking to help an animal in need, make your purchase at Peace Love Dog today!

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    Comments on this post (2)

    • Nov 27, 2019

      Thanks for this post but I should point out that it’s key you are using absolutely pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (for yourself and your pets!). There are many more oils that are safe to use with dogs if you use the right oils and use them correctly. I’ve had several diffusers running in my home with doTERRA essential oils (even in the room I sleep with our two dogs) for 3+ years now and they are thriving!

      — Tisha

    • Nov 27, 2019

      Hello there…. Thank you for posting this article about harmful essential oils for animals. You posted boils that should not be used for dogs and a very short list of oils that can be used in a diffuser. There are so many other oils and there must be other oils that could be listed on your site that can be used.

      Because of the oils listed that should not be used I figured everything else could be used safely.

      Thanks again

      — Lisa Johnson

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