Essential oils are a popular commodity these days. Almost everyone has a diffuser or knows someone who does; but did you know that some of these oils may be harmful to your pets? Did you also know that some plants can be harmful to?
With summer in full swing we all want to see flowers and plants around for some extra cheer, so the next time you hit the nursery or are looking for a new essential oil, be sure to follow this article and check that your favorite is on the list!
Dog Safe Essential Oils:
• Cedarwood (can act as a mosquito repellant)
• Chamomile (calms GI system)
• Citrus (lemon and orange)
• Lavender (for calming)
• Lemon Grass
• Peppermint and Spearmint
Cat Safe Essential Oils:
Essential Oil Poisoning is very serious and can happen very fast. There are many symptoms to look out for but the most common symptoms are an upset stomach, trouble breathing, drooling, vomiting, muscle weakness or red burning skin. Please get your pet in fresh air and immediately call your emergency vet.
Pet Safe Plants:
• Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa) are popular gifts around holidays like Valentines Day and
• African Violets (Saintpaulia) are one of the most popular flowering houseplants due to low maintenance.
• Baby Tears (Soleirolia) tend to cover soil and might discourage your pet from digging.
• Banana Tree (Musa) is a great accent to any room with bright light.
• Spider Plants (Chlorophytum) are also known as a ribbon or airplane plants.
• Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea Muscipula) are perfect for that cat who likes to swat everything or go for a curious nibble.
• Boston Fern (Nephrolepis) another great non toxic plant to have for any swatting kittens or grass chewing dogs.
This is just a small list of the many safe plants available for dogs and cats but it is important to remember that ingesting too much of any plant can be dangerous. The symptoms of plant toxicity are very similar to those of essential oil poisoning but also include heart problems and low blood pressure. If your pet is showing any sign of these poisonings please, immediately call your emergency vet or the Animal Poison Control at 888.426.4435