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Is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs?

Is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs?

Essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus oil have become popular in the last few years. You can inhale essential oils. You can also dilute them and apply them to the skin, because of their medical effects. But, are essential oils safe for our pets? Specifically, is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs?

Essential oils apparently have many health benefits for us humans. They reduce stress and anxiety. Essential oils are great for people who suffer from sleep problems and insomnia as well. Besides this essential oils reduce inflammation, and they are antibiotic and antimicrobial.

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In this article we are going to answer the question of is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs, and should you use essential oils on your dog in general.

Is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs?

According to the ASPCA the eucalyptus plant is highly toxic for dogs, cats, and also horses. In fact, they label this plant as “very poisonous for dogs” due to the eucalyptol the eucalyptus plant contains.

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But what about eucalyptus oil? If the plant is toxic, does that mean the oil is toxic too?

Dangers of eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is actually even more dangerous than the plant. This is because eucalyptus essential oil is a purified, concentrated form of the plant, which means it’s even more potent and even more dangerous.

Is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs
The eucalyptus plant is highly poisonous for dogs

Eucalyptus oil is super dangerous if ingested because it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, lethargy, and seizures in dogs and humans too!

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Now, for animals eucalyptus is even more dangerous because they can also absorb it through their skin. This means that your dog doesn’t even have to consume eucalyptus oil to have a severe reaction to it. It’s enough that they get it on their fur or skin. This is why diffusing eucalyptus oil when you have a dog is dangerous as well.

Symptoms of eucalyptus poisoning

If you suspect that your dog got in contact with eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil, there are certain symptoms you should look out for.

Symptoms of eucalyptus poisoning:

  • salivating,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • weakness,
  • depression,

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If you notice any of these symptoms and you suspect your dog got in contact with eucalyptus it’s very important to contact your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will know exactly what to do and how to treat your dog.


In conclusion, the answer to the question is eucalyptus oil safe for dogs is definitely no. Eucalyptus oil, nor any other essential oil isn’t safe for canines. In fact, they are highly toxic and can be very irritating to your dog if they only smell them.

It is best to avoid eucalyptus in general when it comes to dogs. However, there are certain products that contain eucalyptus. Now, small amounts are not really likely to do any harm to your dog, but we still would recommend avoiding them too.

After all, no matter what anyone says there is absolutely no scientific evidence that eucalyptus oil can in any way be beneficial for dogs. There is only evidence on how dangerous it is.

There are of course oils that are safe for dogs:

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.