Are essential oils safe to use around pets?

Are essential oils safe to use on or around pets? It depends on the oil, the method used, and the type of pets you have. Keep in mind animals can have some of the same allergies and sensitivities to essential oils as humans. They also don’t metabolize oils the same either and in some cases can’t metabolize them at all. I know there is a lot of conflicting information regarding the use of essential oils and how they effect animals. I’m not a vet, but I know there are many vets who use essential oils in their treatment practices. I also know there are many vets warning people about the use of certain essential oils around their pets.

Essential oils are absorbed through mucous membranes and the skin. Some essential oils are more toxic than others. Keep in mind there is also a difference in the quality of essential oils that are being sold. It is important to have and use the highest quality of oil that has been tested as 100 % essential oil and doesn’t contain synthetic additives or pesticides. Another important factor is species sensitivity. Cats may be more sensitive with dermal exposure due to their increased risk of oral exposure from grooming.
The same concerns apply to pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters
Birds are more likely to suffer respiratory affects than other animals to a diffuser due to their specialized respiratory system. Another thing to remember is pets have a much better sense of smell than we do, so something that seems light to us may be overwhelming to them.

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