Peppermint oil is bad for your dog because it contains chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. Many of these chemicals present in essential oils, such as derivatives of ketones, phenols and alcohol, are often synthesized in your dog’s liver, leading to a severe case of poisoning in which fatality may ensue.
Puppies and adult dogs, which have pre-existing liver illnesses and issues, are likely to be more vulnerable to the harmful effects of peppermint oil.
Although exposure to trace amounts of peppermint oil may only cause a mild gastrointestinal problem, some of the concentrated oils can have a serious effect on both the liver and the nervous system of the dogs.
Let’s learn more about the hazards of directly applying peppermint oil onto the skin of your dog. We’ll also touch on the use of liquid potpourri and if it is bad for your dog.
Hazards Of Topical Application Of Peppermint Oil
A lot of pet care products in the market today contain trace substances of the essential oils that are used in aromatherapy for humans. But, that does not mean that these essential oils can be used indiscriminately on your fido.
The essential oils used in pet care products are often diluted in small amounts. For example, the natural and organic flea shampoos may contain peppermint oil, but since the oil is diluted with other ingredients, it is generally safe to be used on your dog, provided that you follow the instructions.
For this reason, do not attempt to purchase a bottle of peppermint oil and then apply it directly to the skin of your pet. The compound present in the volatile oil, like peppermint, can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream of your fur baby. As mentioned earlier, a seemingly safe action can actually damage the liver of your pet dog.
Negative Effects Of Liquid Potpourri
You should never use liquid potpourri on your dog. Liquid or oil peppermint potpourri is the aromatic alternative to dried petals and spices. Similar to essential oils, liquid potpourri is also made by using a cationic detergent.
This detergent is too strong for your fur baby and when exposed, can cause chemical burns on its skin and mouth. Plus, we all know how dogs tend to lick on just about anything. In this case, do not discount the possibility that your dog can ingest the oil as it will most likely lick the oil off from its skin.
If your fido accidentally comes in contact with peppermint liquid potpourri, bathe your dog thoroughly until you can no longer smell the peppermint oil.