Essential Oils and Your Pet’s Health
Essential oils are exploding in popularity. Whether used for health reasons, to keep homes smelling fresh, or to relieve stress, what is good for you may not be good for your furry or feathered friends. At the end of the day, mechanical air purification may be a better, safer way to go.
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Not all essential oils are equal. Some are stronger or more concentrated. Some are mixed with carrier oils which may irritate an animal’s skin or respiratory system. Curious pets may wish to investigate sweet-smelling liquids, or ingest what smells like food. Cats and dogs have an enhanced sense of smell, so the fragrance you enjoy could be irritating to a pet.
While some essential oils may be safe, or even beneficial, for animal use, exercise caution when using the following around dogs: clove, garlic, juniper, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and wintergreen, lemon, lavender, peppermint, spruce. For cats, avoid cinnamon, thyme, wintergreen, oregano, tea tree, birch or clove. The effect of essential oils on birds is hotly debated. Check with your vet. Checking with your vet is the best advice with reptile pets as well.
Carefully check whether blended oils contain any oil which may be dangerous to your pet, or if the oil contains additional ingredients which could hurt your pet.
Generally speaking, chamomile, cedarwood, lavender, clary sage, geranium, carrot seed, ginger, or marjoram are considered safe for pets, but check with your vet before exposing your pet to these oils.
Always choose high quality essential oils, and a high quality diffuser.
Symptoms of Essential Oil Poison in Pets
If you fear your pet may have been hurt by essential oils, always contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Symptoms of essential oil poison may include:
- drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea
- lethargy, weakness, depression, sneezing, or difficulty breathing.
- pale or yellowish gums
- excessive thirst or urination
- nervousness, hyperactivity, muscle tremors, seizures, or coma
Every pet is different and may have different reactions to different essential oils. Direct all concerns about your furry, or feathered friends to your vet. Birds and cats are especially vulnerable to certain oils and their aromas.
Always store essential oils away from your pets.
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