My Dog Ate Palo Santo What Should I Do?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 04/05/21 •  3 min read
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Do you use Palo Santo in your home? Has your dog eaten Palo Santo? Are you worried Palo Santo can make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

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In this article, we’ll take a quick look at what Palo Santo is and whether or not it can be harmful to your dog. Let’s get started!

What is Palo Santo?

Palo Santo is a type of wood that comes from trees native to South America. The wood is used in traditional healing and spiritual ceremonies by indigenous peoples in this part of the world. That’s why this wood is called Palo Santo, which means “wood of the saints” or “holy wood.”

Palo Santo comes from a tree that’s thought to have mystical properties and is related to frankincense and myrrh. Sticks are made from the wood and then burned for different ceremonies. It’s as though the smoke from the wood helps cleanse spaces and to rid them of evil spirits. Others believe this wood is also helpful for clearing an individual’s energy fields.

The scent of the Palo Santo wood is said to be a bit like pine, mixed with mint and lemon. This sounds so lovely!

While the wood can be burned, it’s also made into an essential soil. This can be added to body lotions, soaps, scrubs, and more.

Palo Santo can be safely used by most people, but is it safe for dogs?

Palo Santo & Dogs

The truth is that in researching this article, we couldn’t find any definitive evidence on whether or not Palo Santo can be harmful to dogs. For this reason, it’s best to keep the wood, essential oils, and other products made with Palo Santo away from your dog.

If your dog ate several pieces of wood, this could potentially be dangerous. This is because wood tends to swell when it gets wet. In the dog’s digestive tract, the wood could swell and lead to an intestinal blockage. This is a very serious condition, which, left untreated, can lead to death.

In addition, smoke from burning the wood or candles made of Palo Santo could set off an allergic reaction or cause breathing difficulties in dogs who already have lung disease.

For these reasons, it’s best to keep Palo Santo completely out of your dog’s reach. And be sure not to burn this wood or products made with this wood (such as candles) if your dog has allergies or lung disease.

And if you have any questions on whether or not Palo Santo is safe for your dog, then be sure to contact your vet. They’ll have the best information for you and your fur baby.

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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