Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?
Some guidelines for using essential oils around your furry friends.
While we do believe in the power of using essential oils in our daily lives and in our homes, it’s important to keep in mind all the members of our family, including our cats and dogs and any other animals that might live indoors with us.
Some essential oils, although great for us, have been known to be potentially toxic to our pets. Just like certain foods, such as chocolate or grape leaves, can be harmful to them, so can certain oils. While lavender oil may be ok for one dog, it may irritate another dog.
Before using essential oils on or around your beloved animals, it’s important to consider speaking with your veterinarian first, especially if they are on any medications or have any existing health concerns.
Here are some considerations to take while using essential oils around your pets:
Be Mindful of Change
All of our pets are unique, so when it comes to adding anything new into their environments - essential oils or otherwise - keep a close eye on how your pet responds to the change.
Here are some things to look out for:
Another thing to take into consideration, is that your pet may accidentally inhale or lick oils off of your skin while you’re snuggling with them. Oils may also rub off onto their skin and absorb into their system.
Caution with Direct/Topical Application
Never directly apply oils to your pets unless they are specifically designed for use on animals. Our Peaceful Paws roll-on, for example, is specially crafted for use on animals. If making your own blend for your animals, always use a carrier oil when applying oils topically.
The list of oils that are potentially dangerous to dogs and cats differs. Below are some of the common oils that have been known to cause trouble for our furry friends.
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