Are essential oils toxic to animals?

Are essential oils toxic to animals?

are essential oils toxic to animals?

We share some dos and don’ts…

There are varying opinions on whether or not you should use essential oils on your pets. Some say they’re hazardous
to dogs, while others say they’re perfectly safe if used correctly. For example, some people use peppermint to stimulate circulation, and also as an insect repellent. Others use lavender oil to help calm a dog that experiences separation anxiety or to keep them calm while travelling; some oils can be used to increase a dog’s appetite and fight fatigue.

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If you’re curious about using aromatherapy for your pet, consult with your vet before trying it on your own. And because dogs are more sensitive to essential oils than we are, there are certain precautions you have to take before
treating them with the oils.

Dos and don’ts when using essential oils on your dog:

  • Never use oils directly on their skin or fur.
  • Always dilute the essential oils first, and use them with a diffuser.
  • Never pour the oils into your dog’s food or water.
  • Don’t use essential oils on puppies younger than 10 weeks as well as epileptic or pregnant dogs.
  • Don’t use oils near sensitive areas such as ears, nose, eyes and genitals.
  • Allow them to smell the oil first and if they don’t like it, don’t use it.
  • Don’t let them lick, touch or play with the oils.

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COMPILED BY NOLWAZI DHLAMINI CONTRIBUTOR: MICHAEL FERREIRA PHOTOS: FOTOLIA.COM

Nolwazi Dhlamini

About Nolwazi Dhlamini

Features Writer for Your Family magazine. She’s worked in print and digital media, and finds thrill in understanding human behaviour. Nolwazi believes everyone has a fascinating story to tell, and it just takes the right person, asking the right questions, to find it.

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