Today we’re asking whether lavender — in all its forms – is safe to give to our dogs, if the same advantages may be had. Here’s what you need to know.
Lavender oil is a popular essential oil that’s used in humans for its calming, relaxant properties. It’s also found in many household and personal care products, like laundry detergent, shampoos, and soaps. But is it safe to use around dogs?
The answer to this question is, unfortunately, not as simple as a one-word yes or no. Lavender contains minute amounts of a chemical called linalool, which is deadly to both dogs and cats. Linalool is present in such low dosages that toxicity is seldom an issue. Only if a dog ingests a significant amount of lavender, or if the oil is applied to their skin in high concentrations, will it be cause for concern.
Vomiting, difficulty in defecating, a swollen and tender abdomen, reduced appetite, and fever are all signs of lavender poisoning. Consult your veterinarian (or an emergency veterinary hospital if after-hours) as soon as possible if you believe your dog has been poisoned by lavender. Treatment varies but may include IV fluids, extra oxygen,
If you’re thinking of using lavender oil on your dog, it’s best to check with your veterinarian first. And as always, start by applying a small amount of the oil to a patch of skin on their back to see if there’s any adverse reaction.
According to some dog owners, lavender essential oil — which is inhaled rather than ingested by your pet — can help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. Some recommend adding a few drops of oil to your dog’s collar or bedding or diffusing the aroma throughout the house.
If you do choose to use lavender oil around your dog, make sure it’s 100% pure therapeutic-grade oil, and avoid any products that contain added chemicals or fragrances. Also, keep in mind that a little goes a long way — start with just one or two drops before increasing the amount as needed.
As with any essential oil, it’s important not to give your dog too much lavender. If you notice any adverse effects after using the oil, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
Lavender oil can be a helpful tool for some dogs suffering from anxiety or stress. But as with any substance, it’s important to use it safely and appropriately to avoid any potential problems.
Although lavender is typically considered safe for dogs, it does not yet have a completely approved seal of approval. If you have access to fresh lavender outdoors, keep an eye on your dog and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice any indications of poisoning. If you’re using lavender oil, be sure to purchase only 100% pure therapeutic-grade oil and follow the directions carefully.
When used properly, lavender oil can be a safe and effective way to calm anxious dogs or help them sleep through the night. If you have any further questions about using lavender oil around your dog, please consult with your vet.