Is clove oil safe for dogs? What pet owners need to know


As a passionate advocate for non-toxic solutions, Dr. Killigan's consistently delves deep into the intricacies of common household items and their potential impact on our beloved pets. Among the myriad of natural remedies and essential oils that have gained popularity, clove oil stands out. While its benefits for humans are widely acknowledged, the question often arises: Is clove oil safe for dogs? With the rising trend of blending cinnamon and clove oil for aromatic and therapeutic purposes, it's crucial for pet owners to understand the implications. Let's explore this topic in detail.

Understanding clove oil: Origins and uses

Clove oil, derived from the flower buds of the clove plant, has a rich history in traditional medicine. Its anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties make it a favorite among natural remedy enthusiasts.


Additionally, when it comes to warding off pests, clove oil has been touted for its ability to deter a variety of insects, acting as a natural repellent.

Meanwhile, cinnamon, another potent essential oil, often complements clove in various blends due to its similarly warming and soothing properties. The aromatic blend of cinnamon and clove oil not only offers a delightful fragrance for homes but also claims multiple health benefits. However, while these oils might be beneficial for us, it's essential to consider the impact on our furry friends. Remember, what's beneficial for humans might not always translate the same for pets.

Clove oil and dogs: Potential risks

While clove oil boasts several benefits for humans, its impact on dogs is notably different. Essential oils are concentrated and their potent nature can sometimes be overwhelming for pets. Dogs possess a keen sense of smell, making them more susceptible to the strong scents of oils like clove.

Moreover, the primary compound in clove oil, eugenol, can be toxic to dogs when ingested in large quantities or when applied directly in its undiluted form. Symptoms of eugenol poisoning include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and even respiratory issues. Similarly, while the aroma of cinnamon and clove oil might seem enticing to us, it could be too potent and unsettling for our canine companions.

Safe usage guidelines for pet owners

If you're considering using clove oil or any blend involving cinnamon and clove oil in your home, follow these safety guidelines:

  • Dilution is key: Always dilute essential oils before using them, especially if pets are around. This reduces the potency and lessens the risk of any adverse reactions.
  • Ventilate well: If you're diffusing oils, ensure your space is well-ventilated. It gives your dog the option to leave if the scent becomes too overwhelming.
  • Store safely: Keep all essential oils, including cinnamon and clove oil, out of your pet's reach. Curious pets might ingest them, leading to potential health issues.
  • Consult a vet: Before introducing any essential oil regimen or product into your home, consult with your veterinarian. They can provide specific guidance tailored to your pet's needs.

    The Dr. Killigan's way: Embracing the power of cinnamon and clove oil

    At Dr. Killigan's, we champion the philosophy of merging effectiveness with safety. Our renowned product, Six Feet Under, embodies this ethos.


    Harnessing the potent powers of both cinnamon and clove oil, each present as active ingredients at 0.03%, this formulation is crafted to strike a balance between efficacy and safety.

    Contrary to many commercial products, the dilution rate of the active ingredients in Six Feet Under lies significantly below the lowest recommended range of 0.5% to 1%. This ensures that while it remains powerful against pests, it's gentle enough to be used in close proximity to your pets. In fact, it can be a game-changer for pet owners: Six Feet Under can be sprayed on your pet's bedding as an effective tick and flea repellent and bug killer. Think of it as a protective shield; spray it on their beds as often as you would change sheets on your own bed, ensuring that your furry friend enjoys a bug-free slumber.


    Natural remedies, including essential oils like cinnamon and clove oil, can offer numerous benefits. However, as responsible pet owners, it's crucial to recognize that what's beneficial for us might not be safe for our pets. By educating ourselves and adopting safe practices, we can enjoy the benefits of these natural wonders without compromising our pet's safety. And with trusted brands like Dr. Killigan's by your side, achieving a harmonious balance between effective solutions and pet safety becomes effortlessly attainable.

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