Can dogs have St. John's Wort oil?

can dogs have St. John's Wort oilNo



No, St. John's Wort oil, also known as hypericum oil is not made for canine consumption, but it can be used topically to soothe muscle pains. After application, keep dogs away from sunlight to protect them from photosensitivity. Diffusing St. John's Wort oil helps drive away canine stress and anxiety.


  • St. John's Wort oil is toxic to dogs when ingested, but it can be used topically to treat stings and insect bites due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Because of its analgesic effects, the St. John's Wort oil can be used in a mixture to create a skin oil that is beneficial to dogs with arthritis. The oil can be applied to the affected area to help relieve joint and muscle pains. It can also help treat minor burns, paw pad irritation, and other skin conditions.
  • When St. John's Wort oil is used in a diffuser, it can calm dogs under stress or those that suffer from separation anxiety or nervousness. It can also improve dogs' moods and help them have a better sleep quality.


  • St. John's Wort oil contains hypericin, which can cause toxicity when ingested.
  • Do not expose dogs to sunlight after topical application as it can cause photosensitivity.


  • When used topically. For small dogs, dilute 1 drop of hypericum oil in 50 drops of carrier oil, and for large dogs, 2-3 drops for every 50 drops of carrier oil. Put a few drops of the diluted oil into the affected area.
  • When diffusing hypericum oil, add 1 drop to your diffuser. Run the diffuser for 10 minutes. Do not leave it on for extended periods. Make sure to diffuse the hypericum oil in a well-ventilated area.

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