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Essential Oils and Pets

Posted by David Li on
Essential Oils and Pets

There is no denying that wellness is in your own hands. While we strongly believe wellness is not just physical well-being but also a state of mind, but there are certain things that you have complete control over. This includes taking care of your pets. Love your essential oils in the morning and late at night? Did you make sure if the scents suit your pets? Yes! It is true that essential oils can have a negative impact on your pet's health. It may come as a surprise to you, but it is very common. But you do not have to worry, and we have you covered. 

Why Essential Oils are Dangerous for Pets 

Essential oils are potent, from their scent to highly reactive compounds. These compounds react without bodies, and while these are beneficial for us, it does not necessarily mean they will have the same effect on your furry friends as well. 

Many essential oils become toxic for animals when they mix with your pet’s natural chemistry. In the same way, inhaled diffused oil is also known to cause respiratory diseases. We have compiled a list of essential oils that are commonly considered to be harmful to pets. 

What to Avoid

  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Pine Oil

Ingestion of Essential Oil

The above list gives a clear idea of which oils are unhealthy for your pets, but ingestion, in any case, is hazardous for animals. It is important to note that ingestion of essential oils is harmful to pets and if you suspect your pet might have ingested it, immediately consult your veterinarian.

Who doesn't love snuggling with their furry friends? But make sure you are not causing them any danger in the process. Refrain snuggling with pets right after you have applied essential oil; this is because they can lick or sniff, and there is a possibility that it might get absorbed in the pet's skin leading to fatal consequences. 

Here are some tips we have gathered for you to take extra precautions for your pets if you love essential oils.

  • Keep all your products tightly closed and far away from your pets.
  • Let them absorb. After applying essential oils to your skin, let them absorb before getting any physical contact with your pets. 
  • Keep the diffuser away from the reach so they are not meddled with by the pets.

Talk to the Veterinarian 

Essential oils are the new trend, and people have been using them on a daily basis. While there's no doubt that essential oils can shower your body and soul with immense benefits, they might not be good for your pets. Some essential oils can be toxic for your pets. Before using essential oils around your pets, it is highly suggested to consult a veterinarian to keep your furry friends safe and healthy. 

Keep in mind that not all essential oils are harmful to your pets, but you never know which ones are. So, it is suggested to keep in constant contact with the veterinarian to make an informed decision. 

In this regard, Dr. Hoolahan says that "putting essential oils directly on the skin can cause chemical burns or irritation to the skin."

At FOREST CURE, we take extra precautions to make our customers aware of the consequences. We know that there is a risk of applying essential oils directly to the fur or animals getting in contact with it. Therefore, we strongly recommend consulting a veterinarian beforehand. 

Beware for Dogs

Dogs have a heightened sense of smell than humans. Therefore, you have to take extra care if you have dogs. If you smell the aroma of oil in the air, it means there is a presence of oil in the air and can result in respiratory disorders. 

Some treatments such as natural flea and tick treatment that utilize essential oil can be tricky. Since they are not backed by strong research, it is in the best interest of your fluffy companion to keep them away from essential oils.  

Use Diffusers with Precautions 

A common saying goes, "less is more," especially when it comes to diffusing essential oils. Diffusers can rapidly spread the oil throughout the room; make sure you have proper ventilation when using a diffuser. 

A diffuser can be a great way to freshen up your home or enjoy simply lift your mood. There are specific recommendations made by experts regarding precautions to be taken when diffusing essential oils around pets. 

  • Always make sure you are using a small amount of your favorite mix of essential oil in a diffuser. The recommended amount is 1-5 drops. You will notice your pet’s irritation when they avoid being in the same room as essential oils being diffused. 
  • Try diffusing for a shorter time. For instance, FOREST CURE's essential oil diffuser is entirely automatic and shuts down after 40 mins. The suggested time ranged from 30-60 mins. If you notice your dog/cat resisting the aroma, maybe it's time for you to stop using that blend. Take proper steps. The first thing you need to do is, take them into a well-ventilated room and contact your veterinarian right away. 

Common Symptoms 

This section covers in detail the symptoms you have to be on the lookout for in case your pets have come in contact with essential oil. 

  • Vomiting 
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Watery nose or eyes 
  • Difficulty breathing; coughing 
  • Low heart rate and body temperature
  • Redness of skin

List of Recommended Essential Oils

Helplessly in love with essential oils but can’t let go of your furry friends? Don’t worry, we have prepared a list of essential oils. Despite this, it is still better to consult your veterinarian before using them. 

  • Frankincense Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Roman Chamomile 
  • Clary Sage 

To keep your pets safe and clean, the most important thing you can do is store them separately from animals. And ask your vet again before making use of ANY essential oil. 


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