Is Using Lemongrass Oil in a Diffuser Safe for Dogs?

No, diffused lemongrass oil is not safe for dogs to breathe in. According to the ASPCA, lemongrass essential oil is toxic to household animals like dogs and cats.

What to do if your dog inhaled lemongrass oil from the diffuser

Whether your dog gets sick will depend on a number of factors such as the concentration of the lemongrass oil and the size of the dog. Some dogs may get lucky and not become sick if the solution added to the diffuser only contained a tiny concentration of lemongrass essential oil. Other dogs may not be as lucky, especially if they got a good whiff of the diffused scent.

Dogs that do fall sick may start to show symptoms like stomach upsets. While this may apply more towards dogs that accidentally eat lemongrass, it’s possible for other symptoms to appear, including fever and a loss of appetite. Call the vet immediately if your dog is showing any signs of sickness or unusual behaviors.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


  • Jen | 11/02/2023

    A few days ago, my dog suddenly stopped eating and puked a bit of blood. You could hear my dog’s stomach going absolutely nuts. We took her to the vet but no one knew what was going on. I then had a lightbulb moment. I got a diffuser as a birthday gift a few weeks ago and started using a variety of essential oils including lemongrass. Are all diffused essential oils unsafe to dogs or only certain types?

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