Most of us use essential oils not only for their healing properties but also to scent our homes. Although we might love the scent, have you ever taken the time to wonder if your pet enjoys it too; as well as considering if the essential oils you are diffusing are safe for pets? Cats and dogs sense of smell is far superior to that of ours and even though a dog’s sense of smell is greater than that of a cat. Cats are more susceptible because their livers do not contain an enzyme needed to break down the oils. This is why it’s best to only diffuse essential oils in small quantities and check they are safe for your pet.

Signs that Essential Oil are Affecting your Pet

  • Drooling
  • Difficulty walking
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Respiratory Issues

If you notice any of these signs stop using the essential oils and take your pet to your local veterinary to be checked out.

Essential Oils Consider Unsafe for Pets

Basil
Birch
Calendula
Cassia
Cinnamon
Citronella
Clove
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Garlic
Grapefruit
Juniper
Lemon
Lemon Grass
Lime
Myrtle
Mint
Nutmeg
Orange
Oregano
Pennyroyal
Pine
Rosemary
Spearmint
Thyme
Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil)
Wintergreen
Wormwood
Yarrow

Please note this list is not exhaustive and some pets can be more sensitive than others. Just like with humans what suits one person may not suit another.

Essential Oils Considered Safe for Pets

When used correctly essential oils can have valuable health properties for our pets. Always be mindful when using oils around pets and if you are not sure always err on the side of caution and double-check the essential oil is safe for pets.

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