Essential Oils – Are They Safe For Your Pet?

There’s not a definitive yes or no answer to this question, but there are definitely some essential oils that are unsafe for your pet. Essential oils can be wonderful for adding some fragrance to your home, though not all essential oils are great for use in homes with pets. Cinnamon, mint, lavender, tea tree and citrus oils, among others, are poisonous to cats and dogs if ingested – here is a full list of dangerous essential oils. A few drops in a diffuser that is secured out of reach of pets is fine, but if you have curious animals who like to get into things it may be best to skip the oils completely. The biggest danger is if they ingest or directly inhale the concentrated oils. Never put essential oils on your pet’s skin or bedding without first checking with your veterinarian. 

Also, keep in mind that dogs have far more sensitive noses than we do! A light spray of lavender oil on your dog’s favorite blanket can help keep them calm during a thunderstorm. But too much of any scent could cause stress or even adverse physical reactions for your pup – so go easy on the drops you add to your diffuser!

If your pet accidentally consumes essential oils, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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