Are pets safe around essential oils?

Did you know that some essential oils and waxes used in candles, melts and burners are both toxic and can be poisonous to both dogs and cats?

Essential oils are very powerful. They have a powerful smell, but more importantly their molecules tend to be highly reactive with the compounds in our own bodies, and in pets’ bodies as well. This also applies to oils that you aren’t placing directly on your pet.

Essential oils harmful to cats

Essential oils harmful to cats are:

Wintergreen
Sweet birch
Citrus (d-limonene)
Pine
Ylang ylang
Peppermint
Cinnamon
Pennyroyal
Clove
Eucalyptus
Tea tree (melaleuca)
Thyme
Oregano
Lavender.

Essential oils harmful to dogs

Essential oils harmful to dogs are:

Cinnamon
Citrus (d-limonene)
Pennyroyal
Peppermint
Pine
Sweet birch
Tea tree (melaleuca)
Wintergreen
Ylang ylang
Anise
Clove
Thyme
Juniper
Yarrow
Garlic.

Symptoms to look out for if you believe your pet maybe poisoned.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • The essential oils can be smelt on their fur, skin, breath or vomit
  • Drooling
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Difficulty walking or stumbling
  • Vomiting
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Redness or burns on their lips, tongue, skin or gums.

If your pets shows any of these symptoms, phone your vets straight away.

Are Fragrance oils safe for pets?

Yes, fragrance oil is a compound of synthetic chemicals and they are absolutely safe to use around your pet. Same with soy wax candles, thanks their natural plant based derivatives.

To learn more about the difference between fragrance oil and essential oils, please click here to read my latest post.