Pine Gum Turpentine for Dogs: Benefits and Precautions

on Oct 30, 2023| Modified on Oct 30, 2023
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Turpentine for Dogs

Turpentine is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments in humans and animals. It is derived from the resin of pine trees and is known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using turpentine for dogs and puppies, as well as some precautions to keep in mind.

Benefits of Turpentine for Dogs

Turpentine has been used to treat a variety of conditions in dogs, including:

  • Worms: Turpentine is a natural dewormer that can help eliminate intestinal parasites such as pinworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. It works by dissolving the eggs and larvae of the parasites, making it easier for them to be expelled from the body.
  • Arthritis: Turpentine has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint pain and inflammation in dogs with arthritis 
  • Skin conditions: Turpentine can be used topically to treat skin conditions such as mange, ringworm, and hot spots. It has antiseptic properties that can help prevent infection and promote healing 
  • Respiratory infections: Turpentine has been used to treat respiratory infections such as kennel cough. It works by loosening mucus in the airways, making it easier for the dog to breathe.

Precautions When Using Turpentine for Dogs

While turpentine can be beneficial for dogs and puppies when used properly, there are some precautions that pet owners should keep in mind:

  • Use only pure pine gum spirits of turpentine: Make sure that the turpentine you use is 100% pure pine gum spirits of turpentine. Other types of turpentine may contain harmful chemicals that can be toxic to dogs.
  • Do not use on pregnant or nursing dogs: Turpentine should not be used on pregnant or nursing dogs as it may cause abortion or harm the puppies.
  • Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks old: Puppies under 12 weeks old are more sensitive to the effects of turpentine and should not be treated with it.
  • Use in moderation: Turpentine should be used in moderation as excessive use can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems.


Turpentine is a natural remedy that can benefit dogs and puppies when appropriately used. It has been used to treat various conditions, such as worms, arthritis, skin conditions, and respiratory infections. However, pet owners should always exercise caution when using turpentine.

Continue reading below to learn how Earth Clinic readers have used turpentine on their dogs. Please let us know if you've tried this remedy for your pet!

Itchy Skin, Weakened Immune System

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Posted by blueyedmule (Oregon) on 10/30/2023

Turpentine for Dogs N Puppies

Only use pure pine gum spirits of turpentine. Turpentine bought from an art supply store *may* be this kind, used for cleaning brushes and thinning oil-based paints. Read the fine print. When in doubt, don't use that source.

We used it with our adult Ridgeback, simply adding it to her food and she never did mind, though sometimes she'd put in a good nap afterwards, one drop for every ten pounds body weight. We have a puppy who's having itchy problems right now, he's about 30 pounds. We are putting three drops externally on him (no red/raw/broken skin--that would be painful). It seems to be helping, we are also working with his food, changing his kibble up to a single source protein and adding a little fish oil--not too much or your puppy will have soft stool. We are working from the hypothesis that the shots he has received has weakened his immune system, allowing whatever--fleas, food, etc--to be an irritant.

The puppy is a work in progress.