Cats and dogs have an enhanced sense of smell, so using diffusers could become overwhelming.
Cats’ livers cannot metabolize some of the compounds in essential oils. Therefore, they may be more susceptible to toxicity.
Clients should keep oils stored away from pets.
If a pet accidentally ingests essential oils, clients should call their veterinary office or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Remind clients that animals react and absorb the oils differently than humans do. Any oils being used on or around animals should be diluted by water or a carrier oil.
Some products are not made from pure oils; look for additional ingredients that could be detrimental to pets.
Some oils could cause chemical burns if applied directly to the skin.
Adverse reactions to oils include squinting, excessive drooling, scratching, increased breathing rate and lethargy.
Below are a few specific oils you may want to advise clients to steer clear of.
Important note: Pets may react differently to certain oils; this list is not all-inclusive.
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