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We all want our house to smell lovely or a “natural” sent that lulls us into relaxation. Is this new fad of using essential oils in everything from recipes to wall diffusers safe for our pets?

Essential oil toxicity has become more common in recent years due to a pet owner’s desire to treat with a more holistic approach. With the increased popularity of these products, it is important to understand any associated risks. There are several liquid potpourri and essential oil products which are toxic to both cats and dogs.

Those that are toxic and should be avoided include:

  • cinnamon
  • citrus
  • pennyroyal
  • peppermint
  • pine
  • sweet birch
  • tea tree oil (also known as Melaleuca)
  • wintergreen
  • ylang ylang

Ingestion of oils (either by licking the oil directly, or licking it off of furor skin) can be toxic. Often times, it can only take a small amount to cause an issue. Prevention is the best medicine in limiting essential oil toxicities in pets.

Any use of essential oils should be discussed with your veterinarian first. If you believe your pet has ingested or come in contact with any product you are using at home, please call us, a veterinary emergency hospital, or the Pet Poison Helpline (800 213 6680).

Written by: Briarwood Animal Hospital

Source of info for the blog article – Life Learn Client Portal

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital