What Is Peppermint Oil?
Peppermint oil is a natural product used in perfumes, soaps, shampoos and other products. It is very popular among humans because it smells nice. However, it contains many chemicals which may cause harm to pets if ingested or inhaled. There have been reports of dogs dying after eating peppermint candies or chewing on mint leaves (1). Also, some people have died from inhalation of peppermint oil (2).
Is Peppermint Oil Safe For Dogs?
The answer to this question depends upon your pet’s age and health status. If your dog is young, healthy and active, then peppermint oil is not harmful for him. Some studies suggest that it may even be beneficial for cats (3). If your dog is older, sickly or elderly, then peppermint oil might pose a risk.
How To Use Peppermint Oil Safe For Dogs?
If you want to use peppermint oil safely for dogs, you need to follow these simple steps:
• Never give your dog any kind of minty substance unless he is completely well and comfortable with it. You can’t just give him a few drops of water and expect him to like it! You need to familiarize your dog with the smell and taste of peppermint before using it on him.
• Always ask your veterinarian before using any new substance on your pet. In some cases, the substance can pose a serious threat to his health. Always perform a skin test before applying any substance on his skin or fur.
Is Peppermint Oil And Eucalyptus Oil Safe For Dogs?
As we have mentioned before, peppermint and eucalyptus oil are not safe for dogs. The oils can cause severe irritation and result in toxic reactions.
Can Dogs Be Allergic To Peppermint Oil?
Dogs can be allergic to any substance, even if it is natural. However, in most cases, allergic reactions to peppermint oil are quite rare. If your dog is allergic to this substance, then it is likely that he will show symptoms within 15 minutes of application. The most common symptoms include difficulty in breathing, swelling, vomiting and loss of consciousness ( 4 ). If you spot any of these symptoms, go see a veterinarian immediately.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Using Peppermint Oil On Dogs?
As we have mentioned before, some oils are toxic when ingested or inhaled in large quantities.
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