The Truth About Pets And Essential Oils

Updated: Aug 18

If you are a pet owner as well as a lover of essential oils then you may find yourself wondering if your favorite essential oils are safe to use around your companion. You may have even seen one the various horror stories on social media, telling of a beloved pet that has suffered the consequences of essential oil toxicity, and the horrified pet parent who simply didn’t know about the potential dangers. With essential oils and aromatherapy gaining popularity in Treasure Valley, we wanted to do our part to keep our customers and their companion animals safe and healthy by sharing some tips and info with you.

Some things to keep in mind when using essential oils in a home with pets:

  • It is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before using essential oils on or around your pet. They will consider all of the variables including your pet’s age, breed, health status, prior conditions, current medications, and allergies. They can then make a recommendation regarding the types of oils to use (as well as which to avoid), the method of use, the duration of use, and which carrier oils to utilize for dilution. A large percentage of veterinarians have embraced the potential of essential oils for animals, but if your vet is unfamiliar you may also reach out to a local veterinarian practicing integrative and/or holistic medicine, there are several right here in Treasure Valley!

  • Be sure to use only pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are free from adulterants and additives. Pets are much more sensitive to toxins and contaminants than we humans are, which is why quality and purity is so important. At New Age Herbal we choose our essential oil suppliers very carefully to ensure the safety and satisfaction of all our customers.

  • Essential oils should never be applied directly to skin/fur/feathers/scales or given to your pet internally unless specifically directed by your veterinarian.

  • Pets are much more sensitive to concentrated compounds and smells, so it is important to always ensure that essential oils are properly diluted with an appropriate carrier oil or water before using for or around your pet. Birds in particular have an extremely delicate respiratory system so consult with your vet and proceed with absolute caution before introducing essential oils to your feathered friends.

  • When using an essential oil diffuser, be sure that your pet has an escape route from the room, Never lock your animal in a confined space with a diffuser.

  • Passive evaporative diffusers are best for homes with pets. These include reed diffusers, motorized fan diffusers, heat diffusers, and personal evaporative diffusers such as bracelets or necklaces. Active diffusers including nebulizing diffusers or ultrasonic diffusers should be avoided as they actually release micro droplets or particles of the essential oil into the air which can then collect on your pet’s body and be absorbed through the skin or ingested through grooming.

  • When introducing your pet to a new essential oil, be sure to monitor them closely for any change in their behavior that could signal a negative reaction. If you believe that your pet has ingested an essential oil or if they are displaying signs of toxicity, contact your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately. Time is of the essence, the sooner they are treated the better. It is also vitally important that you have the essential oil bottle with you so your veterinarian knows exactly how to proceed with the treatment process.

Lastly, we wanted to share with you some of the essential oils that should generally be avoided around Dogs and Cats, unless under the specific direction of a Veterinarian. This list is by no means comprehensive and of course every pet is different, however most experts agree that the essential oils listed here are most commonly known to cause issues.

Essential Oils To Avoid - Dogs:

  • Tea tree (melaleuca)

  • Wintergreen

  • Thyme

  • Cinnamon

  • Citrus Oils (d-limonene, lemon, orange, tangerine, etc)

  • Pennyroyal

  • Peppermint

  • Pine

  • Sweet Birch

  • Ylang Ylang

  • Clove

Essential Oils To Avoid - Cats:

  • Tea tree (melaleuca)

  • Eucalyptus

  • Cinnamon

  • Clove

  • Citrus Oils (d-limonene, lemon, orange, tangerine, etc)

  • Peppermint

  • Thyme

  • Wintergreen

  • Sweet Birch

  • Pine

  • Pennyroyal

  • Spruce

At New Age Herbal, we truly care about our customers and their animal companions. That’s why we will always go above and beyond to provide you with the very best service, products, and education. It is our goal to be your go to guide on your journey to total herbal wellness. Serving all of Treasure Valley with the highest quality Kratom, CBD, Essential Oils and more! Thank you for your continued support and patronage!

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