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Essential Oils to Dogs and Cats

Essential Oils Toxic To Dogs and Cats Be Cautious

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You can use some essential oils on dogs, cats, horses, and chickens.  But, I cannot stress enough that essential oils (EOs) must be diluted with carrier oil.  Also, only use high-quality and therapeutic-grade oils that are pure and do not contain any fillers.   Educate yourself and learn what essential oils are toxic to dogs.

If you make your own all-natural multi-purpose cleaning or deodorizing spray, use essential oils not on the list below.  Also, you can use these DIY sprays to deodorize their bedsarea rugs, blanks, and your home without using toxic chemicals that may harm your health.  Never use an EO neat on your pets, near or around sensitive areas.  

Also, be cautious when using EO on small breeds, and never use oils on puppies under 10 weeks.  

Finally, some oils should never be used on cats and dogs because they can be toxic.  Below is a list of essential oils toxic to dogs and cats.

Again, some oils are toxic to cats and dogs; their sense of smell is much keener than ours, and care should be taken when diffusing around them.   While diffusers are not bad for dogs, some essential oils you diffuse can be unsafe.  Are essential oils dangerous for my pets?  Learn how to use Essential Oils properly.

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What Are the Symptoms of Essential Oil Poisoning in Dogs Or Cats?

How can you tell if your pet is having a severe reaction?  There are many general signs of poisoning in dogs or cats.  As a pet owner, if you suspect your pet has gotten into your essential oils, stay alert if you see any changes of behavior in your pet like:

  • The smell of essential oils on their fur, skin, breath, or vomit
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty walking or stumbling
  • Muscle tremors
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Redness or burns on their lips, tongue, skin, or gums
  • Vomiting  

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Essential Oils Toxic To Dogs

If You Suspect Poisoning or See Behavior Changes

If your pet gets into or has a reaction to an oil(s) your diffusing.  Don’t delay contacting a professional. Moreover, seek medical treatment immediately. Call your veterinarian, or contact the Pet Poison Helpline at (800) 213-6680.

If you can’t reach your vet or their office is closed, you should drive your cat or dog to your nearest animal emergency medical center. The sooner you act, it will improve your pet’s prognosis!  Also, have the essential oils you suspect your pet got into handy when you call or visit your vet.

What essential oils are toxic to dogs?

List of Essential Oils Toxic To Dogs

 
  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Clove
  3. Oregano
  4. Thyme
  5. Wintergreen
  6. Yarrow
  7. Anise
  8. Garlic
  9. Juniper
  10. Horseradish
  11. Rosemary

List of Essential Oils Toxic to Cats

 
  1. Birch
  2. Thyme
  3. Lemon
  4. Lavender
  5. Melaleuca
  6. Peppermint
  7. Tea Tree
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Wintergreen
  10. Others that contain Phenol
  11. Cassia
  12. Citrus
  13. Spruce
  14. Eucalyptus

Safe Essential Oils to Diffuse Around Your Pets

Essential Oils that are considered Pet-Safe:

  • Cedarwood Oil: Natural insect repellent
  • Chamomile Oil: Helps calm the gastrointestinal system
  • Frankincense OilSoothes joint pain
  • Helichrysum Oil: Known for heart, skin, and coat benefits
  • Lavender Oil: Calming effect
  • Rose Oil: Calming effect
  • Peppermint Oil (use in moderation): Natural remedy against fleas & ticks

Final Thoughts

I keep Essential Oils on hand, but I only buy high quality and Organic oils.  I diffuse oils in different rooms of our home, but only those considered safe for our pets.  Even then, I don't diffuse for more than 2 hours at a time.  Also, make homemade Febreze with essential oils, water, and baking soda.  It is amazing at keeping odors at bay.  Especially because I have 4 dogs a Catahoula – Belle, Blue Heeler – KallieAustralian Sheppard – Addie, and a small Rat Terrier – Precious; avoid using essential oils that are unsafe for dogs and cats around your pets.

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