When used properly, peppermint oil for dogs can provide a wide host of benefits. From repelling pests like ticks and fleas to soothing allergy symptoms, our furry friends can benefit from natural skin products made with peppermint oil.
We all want the best for our four-legged friends. It’s our job to take care of them the best we can. One of the best things we can do for them is to choose products that will help heal and nourish their skin and fur. Peppermint oil does this and so much more.
Peppermint Oil for Dogs
Have you ever researched essential oils for dogs? All their benefits are truly fascinating. Science is beginning to research and back up these claims too.
Peppermint is one of the oldest-known home remedies for lots of ailments. The benefits for dogs are often the same as for you and me. The only difference is how much you give them and how you apply it.
Let’s look at both the potential dangers and benefits of peppermint oil for dogs.
Undiluted Peppermint Oil Can Hurt Dogs
Before we go into the many benefits, it is important for you to know that undiluted peppermint oil can actually be harmful to dogs.
While the research and benefits are quite encouraging, remember that this oil can only help your dog if you use products that dilute the peppermint oil.
When it comes to topical application, peppermint oil can do wonders for your furry best friend IF (and only if) it’s used correctly. If you find peppermint oil as an ingredient – among others – in all-natural products, it’s likely safe.
But don’t rub straight peppermint oil right on your puppy. It’s a very potent oil that might cause skin irritation.
If you have ever smelled strong peppermint oil you know how overpowering it is. Dogs have even more sensitive noses than we do, so their reaction will be stronger. If they smell or inhale too much of it, they might sneeze a lot or their eyes might tear up.
You also don’t want to give it to them to eat. Peppermint oil might give them an upset stomach. In fact, undiluted peppermint oil is considered toxic by the ASPCA.
Never give undiluted essential peppermint oil to your dog orally. If you use it topically, your dog could lick it and ingest it anyway, so don’t do that either.
This also goes for peppermint candies. Don’t let your dog munch on peppermint hard candies—it’s dangerous.
Symptoms of Peppermint Oil Poisoning in Dogs
If your dog ingests undiluted peppermint essential oil, these are the symptoms to watch out for. Call your vet or take them in immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
- Unsteadiness on their feet
- Low body temperature
Also, keep an eye on them if you are using an essential oil diffuser in your home. Some dogs might be more sensitive to diffused oils in the air than others.
Thankfully, if you dilute peppermint oil with other natural ingredients, your dog will experience all the benefits and none of the bad side effects.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil for Dogs
Now that you understand the dangers of peppermint oil for dogs, let’s talk about the wonderful benefits your pup can receive from the use of it.
We carefully dilute and mix peppermint oil in our products to ensure they are completely safe, while also making sure your dog receives all the good benefits too. Our products use peppermint oil safely diluted with these other ingredients:
- Vitamin E
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
- Lavender oil
- Cedarwood oil
There are 5 main benefits of peppermint oil that will help your dog have healthy skin and even a more alert mind.
Natural Flea and Tick Repellant
One major benefit of using products with peppermint oil is that it can help repel and prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your dog.
Not only that, but it can also help soothe itchy bites too. Our Pawsitively Soothing Anti-Itch Shampoo effectively combats itchy skin your dog might get from flea or tick bites.
Calming Skin Irritation
Peppermint oil has natural anti-microbial properties. It can reduce inflammation and bring relief to skin issues if it is combined with other high-quality ingredients.
Our Pawsitively Soothing All Natural Healing Lotion has peppermint oil in it with other ingredients that all work together to heal inflamed, irritated skin and help your pup stop itching.
Dog Allergy Remedy
If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, using a natural product with peppermint oil is definitely to their benefit. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties. It will help your dog find relief from itching, sneezing, and other allergic symptoms.
If you notice your dog has seasonal allergies, one easy solution is the Pawsitively Soothing All Natural Soothing Spray. Just pray it right on their coat and brush them like normal. They will smell and feel fantastic!
Another newly-studied benefit of peppermint oil for dogs is that it acts as a mental stimulant. Do you have a lethargic or lazy dog that you want to encourage to be more active? Use one of our Muttscrub Products on their fur and let them soak in those aromatherapy benefits.
You could notice an increase in energy, so be prepared!
Peppermint has one of the freshest and most pleasant aromas, doesn’t it? When you use products with peppermint oil in them on your dog, they will keep smelling clean longer.
It’s one of the best all-natural deodorants out there.
Be Safe With Peppermint Oil for Dogs
Peppermint oil is one of those things that lots of us humans swear by for all sorts of home remedies. People use it all the time to combat things like nausea, headaches, upset stomachs, and even sore muscles.
So if it’s that healing for us, surely it can help our dogs right?
Unfortunately, it’s not like you think.
Yes, it still has lots of physical and mental health benefits for them. But it’s very important to remember that straight peppermint essential oil right out of the bottle can be toxic and harmful to dogs.
That’s why we have created products at MuttScrub that will ensure your dog is completely safe while also receiving all the benefits the power of essential oils can offer.
Our all-natural products are made with the right ratio of peppermint oil, among other high-quality ingredients. When you use sprays and shampoos with peppermint oil diluted among other things like soothing vitamin E and coconut oil, you know your dog will reap the benefits and none of the scary side effects.
Want to maximize the benefits of Peppermint Oil and MuttScrub? Get our Pawsitively Soothing Kit here today.