Essential oils can have a lot of different benefits and uses for people, but have you thought about your pets? If you use essential oils around your pets you might want to find out if the oils you are using can have negative effects on them. All of our four legged friends are different, just like we are, and they all react to oils differently. However, some essential oils you want to be more careful using around your pets. Essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds like cinnamon, tea tree, thyme, birch, wintergreen,clove and oregano are very sensitive to cats because the compounds interfere with the detoxification process of their liver. Make sure if you are going to use these oils, that your cat is not in the room, and you don't pet your cat while using the oil.
Maybe you’re not a cat person. Dogs can also be very sensitive to some essential oils as well. Anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow are all oils that should not be used for or around dogs. These oils can cause allergies and skin sensitivities in dogs. Just like cats, make sure that your dog is not in the room while you are using the oil, and make sure you wash your hands before petting your dog.
Not all essential oils are bad for your pets! There are oils that can be incredibly beneficial for our furry friends. These oils are great for you, and your pets! Here is a few of great essential oils that you can safely use around your pets!
Cedar wood: Great insect repellent, and helps promote a healthy coat.
Peppermint: Helps soothe pain from things like arthritis and hip dysplasia
Ginger: Relieves pain from arthritis and supports healthy digestion
Sweet Basil: Has antibacterial and anti-viral properties.
Clary Sage: Helps calm nervousness and excitability
If you decide to use essential oils for your pet or yourself, make sure you that you do so safely. Pets have a stronger sense of smell than humans and smaller bodies. So, make sure you use a high quality diffuser and the correct amount of oil. One of the biggest mistakes people make is using too much oil. If you do plan to use essential oils for your pet, make sure you contact your veterinarian before you start.
There it is! If you want to use essential oils around your furry friends, make sure you do it safely and contact your vet beforehand. Hope you have a great rest of your day! See ya next time!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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