Dog Poisoned by the Diffuser

Dangerous Essential Oils for Dogs

Saturday night an individual got home late and their dog didn’t recognize them. Being a nanny, she thought she woke him up and he was having a night terror. Sunday, he was still acting weird. She realized that she had been running her new diffuser and decided to turn it off. By Sunday afternoon, he was feeling better.

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

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

So she took him to emergency vet.

It turns out that the tea tree oil she 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

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Birch (Betula)
  • Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
  • Boldo (Peumus boldus)
  • Calamus (Acorus calamus)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Cassia (Cassia fistula)
  • Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
  • Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
  • Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
  • Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Mustard (Brassica juncea)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
  • Red or White Thyme
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  • Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  • Savory (Satureja)
  • Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Dogs sense of smell is 40 times greater than that of a human.  Humans have about 6 million olfactory receptors in their nose compared to Dogs who have about 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose. Imagine that what you smell is 40 times stronger for your dog. 

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