Is lavender safe for dogs?

lavender field

If you're a dog owner, chances are you've heard of lavender and considered applying it to your dog's skin and coat.

Lavender oil is known for its calming properties — making it perfect for reducing stress in dogs who suffer from anxiety.

But before sprinkling some lavender buds around the house or using lavender essential oils as part of an at-home spa day for your dog, it’s important to understand whether this plant is safe for pets and what precautions you should take when introducing it into their lives.

Let's dive into all things related to lavender safety and usage.

Is lavender oil safe for dogs?

lavender oil

For those who love to use essential oils, you might wonder whether you can use lavender oil on your dog.

The answer is yes, lavender oil is safe for dogs, but with caution.

As with any other essential oil, it needs to be diluted properly and used in moderation.

Once diluted, lavender oil can be applied topically to help relieve skin irritations, soothe anxiety, and promote relaxation in dogs. Never let your dog ingest any lavender products.

However, it's also important to keep in mind that some dogs may have an allergic reaction to lavender oil or any other types of essential oils. Thus, it is best to consult with your veterinarian first before using essential oils on your pets.

Is lavender essential oil safe for dogs?

Is lavender essential oil safe for dogs

Essential oils in their natural form are very concentrated. Undiluted lavender oil can become extremely irritating and cause itchy skin.

While diluted lavender essential oil can be used on dogs, it should always be properly diluted and used sparingly.

It is important to note that certain essential oils, like tea tree oil, can be toxic to dogs. It's also important to be aware of the carrier oil used in the essential oil. One of the best carrier oils to use for dogs is olive oil.

Before using any essential oils on your dog, always consult with your veterinarian to ensure their safety and avoid any adverse reactions.

Are lavender plants safe for dogs?

lavender plant

Lavender may be a beautiful addition to your garden, but pet owners should be cautious if they have dogs in the household.

It's important to note that the lavender plant contains linalool, a compound that can be toxic to dogs and other animals.

While the scent of lavender may have a calming effect on humans, it's best to keep your furry friend away from the plant that contains this compound.

Make sure to keep an eye on your dog while outside to prevent them from ingesting any parts of the lavender plant, which could lead to poisoning and illness.

Wrap Up: Is lavender toxic to dogs?

lavender plants in a field

Overall, it’s important to be aware of the potential toxicity of lavender for your dog.

It can be incredibly helpful and beneficial topically, however it is best to take the same precautions as you would with any other essential oil when using lavender on your dog: dilution and application to your dog's coat and skin in moderation.

If in doubt or if your dog develops an adverse reaction, consult a veterinarian right away.

For most dogs, lavender oils offer healing benefits without running the risk of significant health hazards - just remember to play it safe and respect the power of this beloved herb!

For more articles about essential oils, check out our post on Ginger Essential Oil for Dogs.

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By Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is a veteran dog trainer, dog behaviorist, and canine nutritionist with 10+ years experience.

Tory has helped countless families have beautiful relationships with their canine companions.

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