Using Essential Oils around your pets; is it safe? - The Smiling Heart

Using Essential Oils around your pets; is it safe?

Despite their strong bond, the genetic makeup of human beings and their pets is vastly different from each another. It’s no wonder Snuggles can hear birds chirping from a mile away and the owner might not hear even the faintest tap a couple of meters ahead.

Apart from the senses alone, pets and human beings react to a myriad of substances differently. For example, what might be harmless to human beings can prove lethal to their pets.

Of course, every dog owner knows not to feed their dogs chocolate; unless they want to give their pets an early burial!

That being said, what other substances around the household can prove inadvertently lethal to that beloved pet?

The Essential Oils case

In the beginning of 2018, a Facebook post caused a massive stir after it talked of a certain woman who mistakenly poisoned her family cat as she was treating her cold with eucalyptus essential oils. Wow.

Despite essential oils having an attractive scent, and thus making one’s living space heavenly, there has been little evidence to prove their supposed health benefits.

In fact, active diffusers, which are the most commonly used essential oils, aren’t the most lethal ones to use around pets. They might just contain oils that are extremely toxic to both cats and dogs and once inhaled, it could be game over.

Moreover, none of them have been confirmed to be effective when it comes to treating these pets.

Toxic substances

In fact, the largest threats that these oils pose to pets is in how their owners insist on using them as curatives. Some owners go to as far as using these oils to repel fleas, or to treat their pets’ skin conditions.

Moreover, the ASPCA has documented that essential oils are among the most prevalent causes of toxic tremors in cats.

There’s also a major deficiency in the manner in which these oils have been labelled. For instance, an essential oil product could have a number of low concentrated oils, but the overall solution can be extremely lethal to pets!

Given such a major problem, and the lack of evidence to their overall effect on pets, then it’s safe to say that one should not treat their pets with these oils. Unless of course it is being supervised a qualified vet.

That being said, if one plans to pursue a veterinary course to effectively handle cases such as the aforementioned, have a look at Kansas Vet Tech School for quality programs.

Never apply essential oils to your pets

Having a pet is a massive responsibility. It’s almost as close to having a child! That being said, when one’s cat is sick, it’s never a smart idea to apply any pure essential oils on them because they can be extremely dangerous; especially tea tree oil.

Plus there’s not enough evidence that these oils have curative properties on pets.

Furthermore, if one happens to use a nebulizer, they should make sure that the essential oils are safe to the given pet; else they could irritate their lungs.

So whenever one is leaving the house, they should make it a habit of leaving the house aerated.

Perhaps leaving one of the windows slightly open?