Can Dogs Smell Eucalyptus?

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Essential oils have become very popular in recent years. Essential oils can be used for so many different illnesses, can help with stress and anxiety, can be used in household cleaning products, and can be used topically, through a diffuser, and sometimes internally. However, essential oils are very strong and are highly concentrated oils. 

Animals, including dogs, react differently to essential oils than humans do, so it is important to make sure you avoid using essential oils that are toxic to dogs and make sure the oils that are safe are also being used properly around your dog. 

Eucalyptus is a popular essential oil that possesses many benefits, and it is completely safe for your dog to smell when it's diffused into the air.

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Signs of a Dog Liking the Smell of Eucalyptus

If you have ever used essential oils around your dog, you likely know how to tell whether your dog reacts well to an oil or if they really dislike the scent of it. Essential oils have a very powerful and potent fragrance and your dog's sense of smell is much better than yours. That means the smell of the oil is going to be even strong to them. 

If your dog does not like the smell or find that it is too strong, they may sniff and sneeze a lot - as if the scent is getting into their nose and irritating it. They may also run around and try and rub their face and snout of the ground, bed, couch, or anything else, like they are trying to wipe off the oil or stop the irritation in their nose/snout. 

On the other hand, if your dog likes the smell of the essential oil or it does not bother them, they should appear to act normally - like the smell of the eucalyptus oil does not affect them in any adverse way. They won't run around, sneeze a lot, or rub their faces everywhere. They will simply appear like that are unaware the smell is around them, or maybe even calm down a little bit.

Body Language

There are some signs you may notice if your dog doesn't like the smell of eucalyptus: 

  • Pacing
  • Sniffing
  • Tail tucking
  • Shake off
  • Nose wrinkled
  • Spinning

Other Signs

Here are some other signs you may notice if your dog doesn't like the smell of eucalyptus:
  • Rubbing their face everywhere
  • Sneezing
  • Pawing at their nose

History of Eucalyptus and Dogs

History of Can Dogs Smell Eucalyptus?
Although it is likely eucalyptus has been around since the early settlers of the world, the first documented accounts of eucalyptus were only made in the 1770's. This plant was first discovered at Botany Bay when Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, and James Cook first went to the section of the world. After this, several more species of the eucalyptus plant were discovered as well. 

This plant grows the most abundantly in Australia and has a long history of being used for health and medical purposes. In fact, it is nicknamed the "miracle plant" by many.  

During WWI, this plant was in high demand for soldiers because it was able to control deadly meningitis outbreaks during the war. It was also used to control and treat the big flu outbreak of 1919. Additionally, in 1788, Dr. White began to use this plant to treat patients that had issues with their chest because it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. 

Health issues like asthma, coughs, colds, the flu, and bronchitis were all treated with this powerful plant. Eucalyptus oil was also widely used at home for a variety of things, It was used for fever and mild illnesses and also used for different skin conditions like burns, wounds, scrapes, and more. 

Science Behind Dogs Benefiting from Eucalyptus Oil

Science of Can Dogs Smell Eucalyptus?
Although there are many oils that are not safe to use on or around your dog, there are many that are indeed safe, and eucalyptus oil is one of those safe options! 

Eucalyptus oil has a wide range of benefits for your dog. One of the best benefits of this essential oil is that it can help keep pesky bugs away from your dog - in particular, fleas. This oil can also be used if your dog gets a bite from a bug. It can help smooth the skin around and on the bite and can provide relief from itching. It can also help with rashes and stings as well. 

This oil is also a natural disinfectant, which can be good for skin irritations. If you find that your dog has a cold or other respiratory illness, using eucalyptus in a diffuser can help provide relief from their symptoms. And lastly, if your dog happens to be stinky, mixing this oil with some water or witch hazel in a spray bottle can help get rid of that icky "dog smell." 

How to Use Eucalyptus Oil on Your Dog

Training of Can Dogs Smell Eucalyptus?
If you are looking to use this oil for flea and tick control and prevention, you will want to dilute the oil before applying it to their skin or fur. Mix the essential oil with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, and add a drop or two of eucalyptus. Mix in your palms and then rub the oil mixture at the base of their tail and in the middle of their shoulder blades right under the neck. 

If you are looking to use this oil as a freshener, you can add a few drops to your washing machine - especially if you are washing their toys, blankets, or dog bed. It will also help to disinfect these items and get rid of germs. 

You can also use the oil to freshen up your dog as well! Simply get a spray bottle and fill with filtered water or witch hazel. Add 15 drops of the oil to the bottle. Shake before you are about the spray on your dog's coat and it will help lessen their "dog smell." Make sure to never spray in their face, especially in the areas of the eyes, nose, and mouth. 

You can also use their oil for aromatherapy purposes for your dog. If your dog is suffering from a respiratory issue or illness, use this oil in an essential oil diffuser. Place the diffuser where your dogs like to sleep so they can smell and inhale the vapor. If you do not want to use a diffuser, you can add a few drops of the oil onto one of your dog's bandanas so they can inhale the smell of the essential oil. You can dilute the oil before you do this with a carrier oil as well. 

How to React if Your Dog Doesn't Like the Smell of Eucalyptus:

  • Use it in more diluted quantities.
  • Don't use it around them.
  • Save it only for topical wound healing.

Safety Tips for Using Eucalyptus Around Your Dog:

  • Keep away from their eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals.
  • Never give it to them internally.
  • Always dilute the oil.