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Essential oils and pet safety

Essential oils and pet safety. 

Essential oils are being used in homes more now than ever before and, as with most things, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. The Pet Poison Hotline has seen an increase in the number of incidents of pets poisoned by essential oils. While some essential oils like lavender and chamomile can be beneficial for pets when used appropriately, others can be incredibly poisonous. Read below to learn more about essential oils and pet safety. 

The following oils should be avoided due to their higher risk to pets:

  • Tea tree
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang

Be sure to keep your oils out of your pet’s reach. Even essential oils not on this list can be harmful to your pets when ingested or when coming into contact with skin.

Signs of essential oil poisoning may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pawing at face
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Muscle tremors
  • Redness or burns on lips, tongue, gums, or skin

If you suspect your pet has ingested or come into contact with essential oils, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) immediately. For more information on essential oils and pet safety, click here

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