Many people use rosehip oil to treat skin and hair issues. It’s very soothing on rough, dry skin and more. But what happens if your dog eats rosehip oil? Is rosehip oil toxic for dogs?
What is Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip oil is made from the rosa canina rose bush, which grows in Chile. The oil comes not from the rose petals but from the fruit and seeds of the rose plant, which is called the rosehip. The rosehip is found under the flower. Rosehips oil has been used since ancient times for its medicinal & skin healing properties.
Rosehip oil contains vitamins that nourish the skin; it also contains phenols that have antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. The oil is sometimes used as a carrier oil for essential oils, too.
Rosehip oil is great for hydrating overly dry, itchy skin. It also works to moisturize. And the oil is prized for the way it boosts collagen, which lessens as we age. Not only that, but rosehip oil also helps boost the immune system.
But is rosehip oil safe for dogs?
Rosehip Oil & Dogs
Rosehip oil is often used by holistic vets to treat skin problems in dogs. It’s sometimes used on a dog’s dry snout and more. Rosehips are even added to dog food, dog shampoos & conditions, and much more.
When it comes to ingesting rosehip oil, you don’t need to worry. The good news is that rosehip oil is not toxic to dogs. However, if your dog has ingested a lot of the oil, it’s possible he could develop nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. This shouldn’t last too long. If it does, or you’re concerned about other symptoms, then be sure to call the vet for advice.
It is also possible that some dogs could be allergic to rosehip oil. In that case, you would want to watch for these symptoms:
- Red, itchy skin
- Itchy, water eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Swollen mouth/throat/face
- Rapid heartbeat
- Stomach pain
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet now. This could be a medical emergency.
Treatment of a Rosehip Allergy in Dogs
The vet may treat your dog with corticosteroids, which work to decrease inflammation. They may also prescribe an antihistamine to your dog. In most cases, dogs that have an allergic reaction will have a full recovery if treated promptly.
The good news is that rosehips are safe for dogs! If you’d like to try using rosehip oil on your dog, be sure to check with the vet first. Many holistic vets do prescribe rosehip oil to treat skin conditions in dogs!