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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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