Essential oils extracted from plants can be of great benefit to humans, but some can be harmful to dogs and cats. According to the Foundanimals.org site, the following essential oils are toxic to your pets.
Essential oils harmful to cats
Oils harmful to cats include, but are not limited to: wintergreen; soft birch; citronella oils and candles; citrus fruits (d-limonene); pine; ylang ylang; pepper mint; cinnamon; pennyroyal mint; Clove; eucalyptus; tea tree (melaleuca); thyme; Oregano; and lavender.
Essential oils harmful to dogs
Oils harmful to dogs include, but are not limited to: cinnamon; citrus (d-limonene); pennyroyal mint; pepper mint; pine; soft birch; tea tree (melaleuca); wintergreen; ylang ylang; anise; Clove; thyme; juniper; onion; yarrow; and garlic.
Although they are safe for humans to smell and even absorb through the skin, many of these oils can be poisonous and toxic to animals because the animal’s body does not process the oil the same. way than the human body.
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As we know, a dog’s smell is around 10,000 times better than a human’s, so the peppermint or cinnamon smell that we find pleasing is extremely strong on your dog to the point of making it. sick. Pets can be overexposed to a poisonous odor simply by staying in a room with the odor originating all day while you are at work. A dog or cat that has 200 million smell senses in their nose (humans have 5 million) may experience difficulty breathing, drooling, fatigue, weakness, difficulty walking or tripping, muscle tremors, tingling on the neck. mouth or face, redness or burning of their lips, tongue, skin or gums, and vomiting.
In order for our homes to smell great, we may inadvertently harm our pets in the process. Diffusers and plug-ins that release a constant stream of scent placed in the electrical outlet next to the cat’s litter box could be the reason the cat stopped using the litter box. We think the room smells a lot better, so the cat should be happy with the smell, but that’s highly unlikely. Always check the ingredients of an odor control device or refill before bringing it home to a pet who cannot escape the scent due to being confined to the house. Even burning a lemongrass candle on your outdoor porch can still make an animal sick. Keep in mind that most electrical outlets and candles on a cocktail table are on the same level as many pets; thus, they get the pungent smells first.
Cannabis or marijuana is also toxic to dogs and cats, so if you have a medical marijuana card or use marijuana recreationally, don’t blow the smoke on your pets’ faces. . They will get high from the smoke and also sick. They don’t like to be high because they don’t understand what’s going on, and unlike humans, they will have more anxiety instead of relaxing with less.
When experimenting with essential oils or plant extracts, keep your pet’s health in mind before making a purchase. If you find that your pet is exhibiting the symptoms mentioned above but you are unsure why they are doing so, take a deep puff immediately. The culprit could be that pine scent diffuser that you just plugged into the outlet near the dog’s bed.
Remember to adopt, not to shop, and when adopting keep your pets safe and healthy with their surroundings in mind as well.
Barry KuKes is the Director of Community Outreach at the Halifax Humane Society. Email him at [email protected]