Essential oils are huge right now — for people and your pets. Did you know that some are actually dangerous to animals? That’s right: Your favorite holistic remedies might be toxic for your dog or cat.

Essential oil use can be a very conflicting and confusing topic. People all over are using essential oils as remedies for cleaning, relaxation, health and a variety of health reasons.

Unfortunately, while many essential oils are beneficial for humans, they can be harmful to pets. This also applies to oils that you aren’t placing directly on your pet. For example, we often hear that people use essential oils with diffusers, but even using an oil in a diffuser or a warmer can potentially make your animal sick 🙁

If you are considering using ANY essential oils in your home, in any way, contact your veterinarian first. There are so many different ways that essential oils and animals can interact without you realizing it.

Here are some things you need to before you use them with your furry loved one.

No essential oils should be used directly on the skin of a dog, they must be diluted down to a safe dose with a carrier oil. This is something that should be mixed by a professional aromatherapist.

When using essential oils in diffusers at home, be aware that not all oils are healthy for your dog and some can cause major health concerns.

A dogs sense of smell is 40% greater than ours. Your pup has 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to humans who only have 6 million.

A few oils that are safe (in very small amounts, ie. 2-3 drops in a diffuser) are lavender, patchouli, chamomile and lemongrass.

Always consult a holistic veterinarian or trained aromatherapist before using any essential oil, and always be sure oils are pure, organic and sourced from a reputable supplier.

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