At My Dog Foo, we make sure that we only use high quality, unadulterated, responsibly and sustainably  essential oils in our products.  And we ensure that the oils we use are safe for our 4-legged friends’s health and wellness.

It’s important to understand that essential oils should never be directly applied to your dog.  At My Dog Foo, we have taken the time to research and understand the specific amounts of ingredients used in each of our products to be effective and safe.  Essential oils need to be properly diluted for your dog.  So what may work for you or a child, won’t work for Fido.  And, it is important to understand that not all essential oils are considered safe for your 4-legged, fury friends.

The following list of essential oils should never be given to your dog in any form.  You will see that none of these essential oils appear in any of our products.

  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)

Of surprise is #25, Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Oil.  I personally know people who have used this on their dogs due to its antiseptic qualities and to promote healing.  However, there is data to suggest that this essential oil is not healthy for dogs.  While the dosage would need to be extremely high, at My Dog Foo we avoid it altogether and use alternatives that offer the same antiseptic and healing properties of Tea Tree Oil.

Tea Tree Oil/ Melaleuca oil is quite a powerful essential oil so it doesn’t require much to be effective. The general consensus is that most animals tolerate heavily diluted Tea Tree Oil, be that dilution in a base oil or a drop in a large bottle of shampoo. Limited use of heavily diluted Tea Tree Oil shouldn’t be a problem for most dogs, ferrets, horses and fish, but there is a higher risk if the treatment is somewhere the animal can lick. It isn’t recommended for use on rabbits or cats.

Generally speaking, the smaller the pet is, the more chance there is of any essential oil reaching toxic levels. Animals with preexisting conditions that are irritated or triggered by Tea Tree Oil will obviously react badly to its use in any dose.

Always make sure to read labels before giving something to your dog or before applying anything to their skin.  All of the oils that we use here at My Dog Foo have been tested and are touted by homeopathic vets to have substantial qualities to promote overall wellness in your dog.


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