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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.

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"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!

 Please share this story on Facebook as it may save someones precious furry family member!


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    • Jan 25, 2020

      Ive used young living oils and bought the pet line available with young living .ive been using these oils in two of my diffusers around my dog and she has done great with them .ive also used tea tree oil one drop in her dog shampoo to mantain healthy scalp and hair she has done great with tea tree oil in her shampoo she has stopped itching from dry scalp .my dog does free my house as she like and is not confined to one particular room. But I also do not rub pure oil all over my dog as for I do believe rubbing your dog all over with a pure essential oil would be way too much even for us humans I do believe that would be a lot considering how strong and pure they are. Thanks for the article and the whole list. Hope all fur babies remain safe in this situation..

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    • Jan 17, 2020

      My feeling is do NOT diffuse any EO’s around animals. Simply NOT worth it…..

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    • Jan 16, 2020

      There is no such thing as “therapeutic grade” essential oils. This is a marketing ploy made up by MLM EO distributors. If the oils are allegedly “pure” it will be WORSE for a pet in any case.

      So tired of people believing EOS from these rip off MLMs are somehow better quality, pure etc. THEY AREN’T. I watched my friend’s dog die a slow and debilitating death because she was too stupid to understand FEEDING her dog EOs and rubbing them all over her body, including her eyelids was somehow going to magically extend her life. She declined actual medical care that would have extended her life because the her EO team leader told her to stop ALL medical care in favor of MLM EOs. It made the dog go bald, have pustules all over her body and her eyes more infected and then I had to watch her deteriorate and eventually stroke out because she refused medical care for her pet.

      — Liz

    • Jan 15, 2020

      Dr Janet Roark. Essential Oil Vet educates I’m safe and effective use of Essential Oils with Animals. Look her up to learn more about how using EOs safely can make an optimal difference for your pets.
      I am wondering was this dog able to roam about room to room to avoid diffuser ( if wanted) in the home if desired…..
      also… what was the quality of the oil used. It’s important to use a pure, trusted EO. Many oils on shelves are filled with other substances, and truely aren’t pure, non toxic.
      Feel sad for the people who lost their dog.

      — Sheri

    • Dec 30, 2019

      Essential Oils can be deadly for cats too! I made my precious kitty, Stella, sick after I applied essential oils to my body. Stella sat in my lap, and I was petting her. She started wheezing. She was having a difficult time breathing. Scared me so bad. Got her to the vet quickly. Bloodwork results were good, so it was determined Stella had a reaction to my oils. She was given an injection. Vet trip cost was over $200.

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    • Dec 17, 2019

      Is mint oil or pine oil safe for dogs. I like to wash my f loors with it. Tk u.

      — Colleen

    • Dec 16, 2019

      Too add citrus oils like lemon, orange,lime and grapefruit should also be avoided around pets and babies! Especially cats with citrus!

      — Yvonne

    • Dec 11, 2019

      Is there a list of safe oils for cats also? I have seen a few but they contradict each other so I won’t use diffusers until I have an accurate list that I trust. Thanks for this valuable information.

      — Robin S

    • 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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