Essential Oils and Pets

Essential Oils and Pets

We get lots of questions about what essential oils are safe to use around pets. Today we are going to break it down and try to answer some of those questions.

First and foremost there are only a handful of oils that are safe for pets and what is safe for dogs might not be safe for cats and vice versa. When using essential oils for your pet its very important that you do not apply the straight oil to the skin of the animal. You need to either use a diffuser for 10-15 min or dilute the essential oils properly with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil. To dilute with a carrier oil properly the ratio is 1:50 – 1 drop of essential oil to 50 drops of carrier oil -.  Please remember it is important to change the ratios you use based on the size and age of your pet.

Some things to consider before using essential oils for your pets

  • Consult a veterinarian before using any essential oils on your pets
  • Watch your pet closely for any adverse reactions, if you see an adverse reaction stop using the essential oils immediately. Take them to a place where they can get fresh air and call a veterinarian.
  • Never use essential oils on delicate areas of your pet such as near the eyes, ears, nose and genitals
  • Do NOT add essential oils to your pets food or water
  • Do NOT use essential oils on pets under 10 weeks old
  • Do NOT use on pets who are known to have seizures
  • If your pet is nursing her litter do not use essential oils on or near her as it can be harmful for her babies.

Essential oils that are safe for pets:

When properly diluted these are the essential oils safe for pets:

  1. Spearmint oil: Spearmint oil can help with nausea and diarrhea, some vets will suggest to use this to help boost the metabolism of an overweight cat.
  2. Cardamom oil: Cardamom oil can be used as a digestive aid for pets. It also has antibacterial properties that may help a cough
  3. Helichrysum oil: Helichrysum oil can be use for it anti inflammatory, antibacterial, anti fungal and antioxidant properties.
  4. Fennel Seed oil: Fennel Seed oil can be used to aid digestion and may help balance thyroid, and pineal glands

These are the essential oils that are not safe for your pets:

Which essential oils are toxic to dogs?
Essential oils that are toxic/NOT recommended for use with dogs: 

  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Juniper
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

Which essential oils are toxic to cats?
Essential oils that are toxic/NOT recommended for use with cats:

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Spruce
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

30 Essential Oils You Should Never Use on Any Animal: 

  • Anise
  • Birch
  • Bitter Almond
  • Boldo
  • Calamus
  • Camphor
  • Cassia
  • Chenopodium
  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Goosefoot
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
  • Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Oregano
  • Pennyroyal
  • Red or White Thyme
  • Rue
  • Santolina
  • Sassafras
  • Savory
  • Tansy
  • Tea Tree
  • Terebinth
  • Thuja
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow

As mentioned above it is important to watch for signs and symptoms of adverse effects of these essential oils on your pets.
Signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Pawing at face or mouth
  • Redness or burns on the lips, gums, tongue or skin
  • Trouble walking
  • Vomiting

If you see any of these occur please move your pet to a well ventilated area, put them in kennel or cage to limit movement and call your local vet or emergency vet for further instructions. Make sure you know exactly what oils you used and in what ratio.

Hope this helps any questions you may have regarding essential oils and pets. If you have anymore questions please give any of our locations a call and one of our awesome staff members will be able to help you out.

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