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Essential Oils - Are They a Danger to Your Pet?

The list of things that can get your pet sick seems to be getting bigger and bigger. The latest thing we found to be on the list is essential oils.

Essentials oils can be used in different ways and forms. You can drink them, rub them on your skin or just put it in a diffuser. They’re made from different plants, different flowers, different sources like that. You can get them organic or non-organic,” Mother Nature’s Natural Market Store Manager Jennifer said.

Either way, it’s a common method to relax with essential oils, but it might not be very relaxing for your pet, “If you’re using those in your home for any type of therapy you want to be sure that they [pets] can’t physically come in contact with that,” Jennifer said.

According to the American Kennel Club oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang-ylang if your dog eats or they’re spread on their skin it can be toxic.

The oils that can be toxic for your cat are the oil of wintergreen, oil of sweet birch, citrus oil (d-limonene), pine oils, Ylang Ylang oil, peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, pennyroyal oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, and tea tree oil.

Depending on the pet its reaction to essentials will be different. It can vary from vomiting, diarrhea to having trouble walking or they could appear depressed. In severe cases, oils could cause hypothermia, liver failure or respiratory problems.

If you want to use essential oils with your pet just make sure you talk to your veterinarian.