Allergies, yeast, and seborrhea are three of the main reasons your dog’s fur smells. Your pungent pooch may have you searching for “essential oils safe for dog.” I’m here to tell you yes, you can make an essential oil dog deodorizer spray, and thankfully, it works!
Dog Deodorizer Spray
We’ve got a pretty pup… and he’s huge! Apollo is our 100 pound, eight-month-old Great Dane, and while he’s a fun addition to our home, the dog smell is something I didn’t want to have.
Beyond bad breath, smelly ears, or rolling in something, your dog can smell for reasons out of your control. Yeast and bacteria on your pet’s skin break down surface oils, the oxidation of the fats creates an offensive smell. Allergies and seborrhea may also cause dry and flaky or oily and greasy skin issues.
The fact is, these poor pups can’t prevent smelling.
If the smell is extreme and you can’t seem to curb it with these simple sprays, there are treatments you can explore with your veterinarian, such as diet or prescription drugs. In the meantime, let’s help your fur friend be more approachable, and keep their bedding and toys smelling good, too.
Keep reading for a list of essential oils safe for dog and my dog deodorizer recipe.
Essential Oils Safe for Dog
Essential oils are natural but that doesn’t guaranty they are 100% safe. It is important to use the right oils at the correct essential oil dilution rate for dogs (especially if using topically).
Below is a list of essential oils safe for dog deodorizer spray:
Chamomile is known for muscle pain relief. It not only smells good its anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-infectious properties make it great for your fur friend’s skin.
Helichrysum is great for skin conditions, so if your dog deodorizer spray is for a pup with skin irritations this is a great choice. It is very therapeutic and helps with pain relief.
Lavender is an essential oil lover’s go-to for many illnesses. It is versatile, gentle, calming, and antibacterial. Even better lavender essential oil has natural insect repellent properties, making it a great choice for summer.
Cedarwood essential oil has a relaxing effect on dogs and supports healthy skin. It can be used effectively to calm pets as well as help repel ticks and fleas.
Niaouli is a great essential oil safe for dog allergies. The antihistaminic property is perfect for smelly dogs with allergy-induced skin issues. Also, it has powerful healing properties, yet is gentle for a one-two therapeutic punch.
Peppermint is another great essential oil I recommend that you have on hand at all times.
Though there is a lot of controversy in using Peppermint essential oil for dogs, the decision for your pooch is up to you. I don’t have a definitive yes or no answer. The main reason for the controversy is that essential oils are extremely concentrated and peppermint already has a strong smell (which means it will be even stronger for your pet).
Peppermint essential oil benefits include relief of allergies, nausea, muscle pain, itching, arthritis, and headaches. It is great for the skin by stimulating circulation.
This is a perfect scent for dog deodorizer spray since it is strong, yet most people enjoy the smell. Avoid the face and genetalia, and DILUTE, DILUTE, DILUTE.
Sweet marjoram is wonderful for wounds, bacterial skin infections, and also works as an insect repellent. Sweet marjoram benefits include antibacterial properties, calming effect, and muscle relief.
Frankincense is a great all-around oil to have on hand and use for your dog! It offers so many gentle benefits from skin to wound care, to calming behavior improvement to antibacterial healing.
Dog Deodorizer Spray Recipe
I recently used this dog deodorizer spray on our family dog and his bed. It’s a real lifesaver.
- 1 small dark glass spray bottle
- 1 ounce of warm water
- 3-4 drops essential oil
Use a clean dark glass spray bottle to keep the integrity of the essential oils. Fill the bottle with one ounce of warm water. Sprinkle in three to four drops of your chosen essential oil. Make sure the top is secure and shake briskly before each use.
Spritz your fur friend from about six inches away, and avoid the eyes and mouth. Distribute the dog deodorizer spray by petting it in or using a brush. The deodorizing benefits may work up to a week.
Final Thoughts on Essential Oils Safe for Dog
There are certain oils not safe for dogs, cats, and kids, but young or adult, oils used incorrectly may do harm. Follow dilution rates closely and always research essential oils that are new to you.
If your dog is smelling from her ears, mouth, or behind be sure to consult a veterinarian since these are often signs of an illness or care issue.
I hope this post helped you resolve your smelly dog issue, but if you also have cats check out this post on Tips for Raising a Healthy Cat. And if you like essential oils I think you will enjoy these essential oil diffuser recipes. I have a lot of essential oil content, please explore and let me know what you think in the comments.
Is there a natural dog deodorizer spray that you love? Let me know in a comment below!