Is Ginger Essential Oil Safe for Dogs? Everything You Need To Know

Tory Johnson

Essential oils are a natural and highly concentrated liquid plant extract composed of aromatic molecules that are believed to have therapeutic properties when used for massage and aromatherapy. There are many different essential oils like lavender oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and ginger oil. But is ginger essential oil safe for dogs? Yes, ginger oil is safe for dogs and has been studied for its ability to combat bacterial and fungal infections.

How to safely use ginger essential oil for dogs

First, it's important to understand that essential oils should never be consumed or ingested by dogs. They are too concentrated for proper ingestion and may result in essential oil poisoning.

Is Ginger Essential Oil Safe for Dogs

Let's take a look at how to use essential oils safely.


Here are a few ways to help your dog inhale ginger safely:


You can use a diffuser to add a pleasant scent to any room. When you're fist using the diffuser, be sure to follow the instructions. Some diffusers require the essential oils to be diluted in water.

Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation is a great and simple way to inhale ginger oil. To properly use steam inhalation, follow the instructions below.

  1. Place steaming hot water in a bowl

  2. Add 1 to 2 drops of ginger oil to the water.

  3. Drape a towel over your dog's head.

  4. Carefully place your dog's head over the bowl and have them breathe in the aroma. Be careful your dog doesn't come into contact with the steaming water.

ginger oil in a steam bowl


Sprays are the easiest way to get ginger oil in there air. It's a very simple process that can be done by following the instructions below.

  1. For each ounce of water, add 10-15 drops of ginger essential oil. Place the liquid in a spray bottle.

  2. Shake and spray. Remember to shake before every spray.

Topical applications

Dilute the ginger oil in carrier oil first. For your carrier oil, you can use coconut oil, avocado oil, or almond oil.

The essential oil shouldn't exceed 3 to 5 percent. For example, add 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

Use ginger oil on dogs skin

Benefits of ginger oil for dogs

Here are the 5 main benefits of ginger oil for dogs.

  1. Nausea relief

  2. Anti inflammatory

  3. Hair growth

  4. Skin applications

  5. Combats bacterial and fungal infections

Other forms of ginger for dogs

Although ginger oil should not be ingested by your dog, you can give them ginger powder, ginger tea, and even ginger treats made for dogs.

Ginger tea

Drinking ginger tea is a great way to settle your upset stomach. But can dogs drink ginger tea? Yes, you can give your dog ginger tea but be mindful of the dose.

Ginger powder

Powdered ginger is an excellent option and perfect for adding to treats and supplements. At Xen Pets we include powdered ginger in our calming treats for dogs.

Our calming treats provide your dog with 30mg of ginger per serving (2 soft chews). Dogs eat ginger root in many ways, but we've always found it easiest in chew form!

ginger treat for dogs

Wrap Up: Is Ginger Essential Oil Safe for Dogs?

So, is ginger essential oil safe for dogs? We hope this article has given you some confidence and answered your questions.

It's a well studied essential oil and contains a few medicinal benefits.

Try adding ginger essential oil to your dog's daily routine and see how they benefit.

Do you have any experience giving your dogs essential oils? Do you consider essential oils safe? What type of essential oil diffusers do you have? Have you tried other safe essential oils? Do you like to diffuse essential oils?

Let us know in the comments below!

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