What to do if your pet comes into contact with essential oils

What to do if your pet comes into contact with essential oils - oildiffusershop.com.au

Essential oils are a wonderful way to improve your mental and physical health, as well as the overall atmosphere of your home. Despite the many benefits, it is important to be aware that some essential oils may pose a risk to your pet's health, and to know what to do if your pet should come into contact with them.

Essential oils that can impact your pet’s health

There are many essential oils that are toxic to pets, some commonly used include eucalyptus, tea tree, cinnamon, peppermint and ylang-ylang. These oils can make your pet sick through ingestion or inhalation, so their use is best avoided in any space you share with your pet.

If your cat or dog comes into contact with essential oils, don’t panic! Follow these steps to minimise any risk to their health.

1.  Remove essential oil from fur and skin

Using soap, immediately wash any essential oil from your pet’s skin or fur, and rinse thoroughly to ensure all traces of oil are removed. This is particularly important for cats, as they are likely to ingest the oil from their fur during grooming.

2.  Access fresh air

If your pet has inhaled essential oil vapours, take them outside to breath fresh air. Cats and dogs have highly advanced olfactory senses, making them very sensitive to smell.

3.  Minimise further exposure

Clean any spills that may have occurred, and remove the essential oil from the room.

4.  Monitor your pet closely

If your pet begins to display symptoms of poisoning, get immediate medical attention.

Signs of essential oil poisoning

If exposed to toxic essential oil your pet my display the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, lethargy, excessive drooling and tremors. Your pet’s weight, age and breed significantly impact the severity of a poisoning incident. Younger, smaller pets and cats, in particular, will experience more serious symptoms of essential oil poisoning.

Having an action plan for what to do in the case of accidental exposure means you and your pet can enjoy all the benefits of essential oils safely. Know where your nearest 24-hour vet hospital is in case of emergency. 

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