Furry Fresh: Is Peppermint Oil Safe for Dogs?
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People praise peppermint for keeping our breath fresh. And with countless dental chews for dogs made with peppermint as a key ingredient, we all assume that the ingredient has the same benefits for our pups. But is peppermint safe for dogs to consume? Can dogs and cats eat peppermint? Are all forms of peppermint created equal?
Is peppermint oil safe for dogs?
Pay attention to how many treats they eat per day; always follow the directions on packaging to see how many treats are safe for them to consume each day.
The amount of peppermint within one serving of a dental treat affects its potency. Not to worry! Pet companies carefully decide how much is safe based on the purpose of the product and serving size.
Pure essential oils should never be given to your pet––not to freshen breath, soothe tummy troubles, or for any other purpose. Only give peppermint to your pet in pre-made products or, ask your vet how many peppermint leaves are safe for them to consume.
Benefits of peppermint for dogs
How to give peppermint to dogs
Instead of giving your dog peppermint on its own–and being unsure of how much is safe–choose products made specifically for pets.
Soft chew treats, doggie breath mints, and other dental dog treats are made with peppermint and can be given daily to your dog. Follow the packaging instructions to determine the best amount for your pet!
Similar to dental chews, dental sticks freshen the breath, but they have the added benefit of providing an abrasive surface for your dog to chew on. They’re useful for removing stubborn plaque buildup and tartar.
Tooth gels are used in lieu of toothpaste for dogs. They can be used alone, applied with a dental mitt, or applied directly to the teeth or gums using clean fingers.
Is peppermint growing in your garden? Your dog can have a few peppermint leaves per day to support digestive health––or fresher breath.
Can dogs have peppermint essential oil?
Is peppermint bad for dogs? That depends on what you feed them. Feeding your dog undiluted peppermint oil can be toxic to your pet, since the concentration of the ingredient is so high. The same can be said for other natural essential oils like lavender, citrus, and cinnamon.
Signs of peppermint oil toxicity include familiar signs of digestive upset like vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Other symptoms can include redness around the face, skin irritation, and general muscle weakness. Ingesting straight, undiluted essential oils like peppermint, lavender, and citrus can even cause liver damage in dogs with preexisting liver disease.
So is peppermint essential oil safe for dogs at all? Yes! In fact, it’s one of the most commonly used ingredients in dog dental treats––but that’s because these products have been carefully formulated to be safe for your pet in the quantities recommended on the packaging. Just avoid giving this ingredient to your pet on its own!
My dog ate a peppermint candy––what should I do?! Peppermint in ‘people’ foods like mint candies, ice cream, chewing gum, and mint sauces is very concentrated and should never be given to your pet. If your dog has ingested peppermint in a concentrated form, contact your veterinarian immediately to get direction on next steps to keep your pet safe.
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