Essential oils, pet safety, toxicWe all know the latest fad- essential oils!!!  Essential oils are the natural compounds that give plants their scents. They are extracted and distilled so that we can use them for a variety of purposes such as creating a relaxing atmosphere in the home, making our home smell better, and improving sleep.  The most common way to use essential oils, which has grown in popularity, is to diffuse them. Essential oils seem to have many benefits for us humans, but how does their use affect out pets?

I love my essential oils as much as the next person, but I’m sure to keep them away from my pets or use with care. There actually are essential oils for pets, such as Young Living’s Animal Scents line, but these are specially formulated for pet use because if you’re not careful, essential oils can be extremely toxic to your pets.

I saved a post from one of my social media groups to share with you because I believe that this is important information if you love your essential oils as much as I do. Here it is:

🎉ATTN Copied this post from a friend: IMPORTANT INFO FOR PET PARENTS

Dog Poisoned by the Diffuser
(I understand this can affect cats as well)
“Saturday night I got home late and my dog didn’t recognize me. Being a nanny I thought I woke him up and he was having a night terror. Sunday, he was still acting weird. I realized that I had been running my new diffuser and decided to turn it off. Sunday afternoon, he was feeling better.

Today at work, my dog sitter said that he wouldn’t come out from under the bed. It was very odd as he is a happy dog.

I came from work early and again, he was very confused about who I was.

So I took him to emergency vet.

It turns out that the tea tree oil I was using in the diffuser is toxic for dogs. Thankfully the test showed that his liver was ok but we weren’t out of the woods yet. He was given fluids under his skin to get the toxins out.

The vet and the poison control are saying that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing.

Please make sure that the essential oils you are burning are not toxic for your pets.

Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home.”

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Birch (Betula)
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cassia (Cassia fistula)
Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Red or White Thyme
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Savory (Satureja)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Copied and pasted for all of my friends who have fur Babies
Please share this story as it may save someone’s precious furry family member!

Our pets are very much a part of our family, so naturally we want to share the many benefits of essential oils with them. However, there is much need-to-know information and guidance that you need before you do. Questions such as, “how much can I use on my dog or cat?” or “do I use oils topically or internally?”  These questions and more are good bits of information to have before you begin.

For some how-to tips and guidance on essential oils and your pets Contact Us to book a complimentary virtual consultation.

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