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Using Essential Oils Around Your Pets

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 74 comments

Using Essential Oils Around Pets

As pet owners, we often worry about how the products we use in our homes impact the health and well-being of our pets. Essential oils are natural but we may be worried that the wrong essential oil can trigger a negative reaction in our pets. However, aromatherapy can be just as beneficial to our companion animals as it is for ourselves. So if you are worried about using essential oils around your pets or are curious about the benefits of essential oils for your pets, here is a simple guide that can help answer your questions.

Be Careful With These Essential Oils

Every pet is different and may have different reactions to different essential oils. However, there are some essential oils that you may want to be careful using around your pets. If you have cats, you also need to be wary about certain oils. Cats are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds because they interfere with their liver detoxification processes. So if you have cats use extra caution around essentials oils like cinnamon, tea tree, thyme, birch, wintergreen, clove, and oregano.

There are also certain essential oils that should not be used for or around dogs including anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow. These essential oils can trigger a range of issues from allergies and skin sensitivities to interference in their natural body processes.

If you use any of these essential oils for your own health, make sure you also exercise caution around your pets. If you use a diffuser, keep them out of the room during the treatment period. If you wear these essential oils on pulse points throughout the day, be careful when petting your companion animals.

Essential Oils That Are Great For Pets

Though there are some essential oils that can cause your pets problems, there are plenty of essential oils that can be used to help them. The best part is all of these essential oils have great benefits for you as well.  Here are some essential oils you can safely use around and for your pets:

  • Cedarwood: Helps repel pests and promote healthy skin and coat
  • Chamomile: Promotes relaxation and sleep and also support healthy digestion
  • Lavender: Relieves anxiety from separation or during long trips
  • Myrrh: Can help fight allergies and promote health skin and coat
  • Clary Sage: Calms nervousness and excitability
  • Geranium: Great for repelling pests and as a treatment for ear infections
  • Peppermint: Soothes the pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and repels pests
  • Carrot Seed: Supports healthy skin as a topical treatment for dryness
  • Ginger: Relieves pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and supports healthy digestion
  • Helichrysum: Used topically can help with pain relief and skin issues
  • Marjoram: Repels pests and helps treat skin infections and irritations

These are just some of the great essential oils that can be used. If you are interested in learning more, you can always talk to a holistic veterinarian for suggestions for specific ailments.

Safe Use Of Essential Oils

Whether you decide to use aromatherapy for your companion animal or just yourself, it’s important you exercise the safe use of essential oils. Pets have a stronger sense of smell than humans and smaller bodies, so the biggest mistake pet owners make is using too much essential oil.  One of the best ways to avoid this mistake is by using a high quality aromatherapy diffuser that you can control the amount of oil emitted. A high quality aromatherapy diffuser, like the beautiful hand carved diffusers from Organic Aromas can diffuse the perfect amount of essential oil into the air so neither you nor your pets are overwhelmed.

Use High Quality Essential Oils

Another important aspect of using safe essential oils around pets is to use only high-quality therapeutic grade essential oils. Other, lesser-quality essential oils are made with additives or are stretched with carrier oils that may trigger pet sensitivities. They also may be a blend of oils that include other botanicals or absolutes that resemble the smell of the botanical but potentially contain solvents that could be unhealthy for you or your pets. So make sure that you do your due diligence and get the best quality oils like our selection of organic, therapeutic grade essential oils at Organic Aromas.

Many people worry about the impact of essential oils on their pets. However, as long as you use the correct essential oils and avoid any of the oils that may trigger issues for your pets, they are perfectly safe. Also make sure that you are exercising best practices when introducing essential oils into your home by using a quality diffuser and only therapeutic grade oils in a safe and prudent manner. Finally, go slow and monitor your pets to see how they react. Since every pet is different, an essential oil that can benefit one might trigger a different response in another.

Consult Your Veterinarian

1. When it comes to animals and essential oils, we always recommend that pet owners consult with their veterinarian to get advice on the proper way to use them, particularly based on the individual pet's species, age, size and health history.

2. Research does show essential oils can be safe for dogs and cats and even very effective, but only when diluted heavily and/or used in the appropriate way, time, place and on a specific subject in the correct amount.

3. Using undiluted essential oil on animals is always a mistake. Unless diluted correctly, it’s not recommended for cats, and while it might be effective for dogs, never apply it directly to the animal.

 

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25 Responses

Tammy
Tammy

January 24, 2018

After purchasing 2 EO diffusers, my husband expressed concerns about using them in a room where my bird stays. I looked it up on the internet, but there was so much conflicting info, and most was concerning dogs and cats. I called a local veterinarian who specializes in birds. She said they advise against any EO around birds. Her office has seen several cases of respiratory problems in birds so far this year. I never knew…..

Stacey Nonya
Stacey Nonya

January 24, 2018

And I have to say the list above is pretty acurite, but I wouldn’t use pepermint because it’s a hot oil,and always use carrier oill?

Stacey Nonya
Stacey Nonya

January 24, 2018

And pure lavender my friends is great for animals,people smoke around there pets and use horrible cleaning products and never worry about that ?

Stacey Nonya
Stacey Nonya

January 24, 2018

You guys really need to do your Research because high quality therapeutic grade oils are great for cats and dogs as long as there 100 percent,and if you dnt know your iols then you dnt know that most of the people selling oils are not 100 percent, and here’s a tip,just because it says 100 percent doesn’t mean they are,you only have to have 10 percent in a bottle to call it 100 percent ….. so the rest of the bottle is filled with FILLERS,that’s so research do u have any idea how much garbage is in the everyday cleaning products u use and the effectsvthey have on your animal and your family?? Read people

Linda
Linda

January 23, 2018

Lavender is listed as HIGHLY TOXIC TO CATS according to the ASPCA
I have seen pictures of a cat suffering from lavender poisoning from being in a room with a diffuser emitting lavender.

Caity
Caity

January 20, 2018

please do not use EO around your pets. Our dog was in his cage with a diffuser right outside of my sister’s room. He ended up having a seizure. Mom used rosemary and lavender and until this happened we didn’t know that these oils are TOXIC. It can cause seizures in animals AND the vet advised us not to use them. BE AWARE.

Cindy
Cindy

January 19, 2018

I just received a diffuser and I have 2 cats. So far i’ve only used Lemon and Patchouli in the diffuser and neither cat has had a problem. I’m scared to use anything with all this info. I only use the oils in a diffuser I will never put them topically on them nor will I give them any orally. But gosh I could really use some GOOD info.

Linda
Linda

January 19, 2018

Is it safe to use eucalyptus oil in diffuser with my dogs . Not on them just in diffuser

Michelle
Michelle

January 13, 2018

I’m questioning all of the oils mentioned in this article and honestly don’t trust it. You say peppermint is safe for cats and dogs when it’s not! Peppermint oil is one of the most toxic oils there are to cats and dogs. PLEASE PLEASE DON’T RELY ON THIS INFO!!! READ LOTS OF RELIABLE ARTICLES AND TALK WITH YOUR VET BEFORING TRUSTING A ARTICLE THAT COULD KILL YOUR PET!!!!

Tarryn
Tarryn

January 11, 2018

This article should be used with the utmost caution. Most of the info is false! Using lavender EO can cause seizures in dogs and cats!! So I question any others you’ve listed as “safe”…

Brooklyn Rice
Brooklyn Rice

January 11, 2018

So this site has not checked the oils with vets they have just researched it online which any of you could do ! I suggest no one listens to this site until it’s vetriany verified . Lavender could poison your cat .

Claudia
Claudia

January 10, 2018

I would like to know what oils are bad for animals like my cat because y’all says that peppermint and lavender is OK but I saw on another website and it said it’s not OK for animals and I didn’t know if that meant just to digest it or just not good for them.

Beth
Beth

January 10, 2018

Many oils you listed “safe” for pets are NOT safe. The plants themselves may be safe but the essential oils extracted from said plants area NOT.

Jama
Jama

January 09, 2018

Can I use my diffuser with peppermint in it around my dogs????

Paulette Fey
Paulette Fey

January 06, 2018

very educational.
I had no idea that pets could be affected
by essential oils.

Norma
Norma

January 04, 2018

I received a diffuser for Christmas and a set of oils and when I started using them in my bedroom my cat would stay out but only come in to use the litterbox in my attached bathroom where I kept it. After finding the information on the net about it being toxic for my cat I stopped using the oils and cleaned the diffuser thoroughly and now just use it without oils for short periods as a humidifier and now she comes in and stays for long periods. Cats are smart and will tell you if you will only listen. No more oils for me.

Norma
Norma

January 04, 2018

I received a diffuser for Christmas and a set of oils and when I started using them in my bedroom my cat would stay out but only come in to use the litterbox in my attached bathroom where I kept it. After finding the information on the net about it being toxic for my cat I stopped using the oils and cleaned the diffuser thoroughly and now just use it without oils for short periods as a humidifier and now she comes in and stays for long periods. Cats are smart and will tell you if you will only listen. No more oils for me.

Norma
Norma

January 04, 2018

I received a diffuser for Christmas and a set of oils and when I started using them in my bedroom my cat would stay out but only come in to use the letterbox in my attached bathroom where I kept it. After finding the information on the net about it being toxic for my cat I stopped using the oils and cleaned the diffuser thoroughly and now just use it without oils for short periods as a humidifier and now she comes in and stays for long periods. Cats are smart and will tell you if you will only listen. No more oils for me.

Janis Werner
Janis Werner

December 30, 2017

Well my friend had never been around cats and thinks she accidentally killed one with lavender essential oil! It sounds odd but she decided to give the cats a massage with diluted essential oil. She has done that with her dogs and had no idea that essential oils should not be used on cats! I feel awful as I did not know either. She is not 100% but that is all she can think of. ;(

paula
paula

December 27, 2017

I just read a post by a certified aromatherapist… She said that “NO” essential oils were good for cats. In fact people have had to put their pets down due to liver failure from essential oil exposure. You may want to re-think your post. I am concerned that you are giving false information! WHAT are your credentials?

Karlene Hanlon
Karlene Hanlon

December 01, 2017

I have also found conflicting info about Peppermint and Tea Tree Oils being safe for dogs and cats.
Can you Please verify that theses re safe?

Susan
Susan

November 30, 2017

Essential oils are becoming more and more mainsteam every day – not only for people, but has this article states, our beloved pets can also benefit (safely). If you’re intersted in using the only certified organic oil, check out my site – thanks! http://tryn8.com/100059601

GM
GM

November 23, 2017

just read on another site that lavender & peppermint are toxic to cats;
Peppermint
Lemon Oil
Lavender Oil
Melaleuca Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Cinnamon Bark Oil
Wintergreen Oil
Thyme Oil
Birch Oil
Other oils containing phenol

Jenn
Jenn

November 13, 2017

Can you help with some reference sources for your article? I’m especially concerned with the oils you said not to use around dogs as the majority of them are used in scent detection training for dogs and they inhale a lot of it!! I’d like to have sources to refer to before we give up trialing and titling our dogs. Thanks.

Bran
Bran

November 01, 2017

I’ve read lavender, cedarwood, and peppermint are terrible oils for kitties. I’m super sick but can’t really use anything. That’s ok his health is important but this info worries me for others kitties. Do lots of research please read tons of articles before making a decision.

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