Essential oils are a topic of great interest lately because they are being used more and more. Beyond the benefits they bring, you should know that certain essential oils can be toxic or harmful to your pet. And this does not only involve direct contact with the skin or fur, but also its inhalation as a result of the existence of a diffuser of essential oils in the room where the pet is.
What are the essential oils?
Essential oils are organic, volatile components of plants that give their taste and aroma. These compounds are found in roots, seeds, nuts, leaves, etc. They are considered volatile because their molecules have the ability to quickly move from liquid or solid to gaseous. It is this property that makes aromatherapy possible. When a bottle of essential oil is opened, the smell can be felt immediately because the molecules come out of the glass in the form of gas.
Essential oils and dogs
In the recent years, an increase in the toxicity of essential oils in dogs has been observed due to the desire of their owners to have a holistic approach, using natural remedies. For dogs, the most toxic essential oils are Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil, Pine, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Ylang-ylang and Cinnamon.
Tea tree essential oil is the best known essential oil that can be toxic to dogs. It comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree. Exposure of the dog to this oil is done by applying or administering essential oil of concentrated green tea to treat skin problems or external parasites. Both skin absorption and oral administration are toxic to a dog. It should be mentioned that we do not talk about this toxicity in the case of different shampoos for dogs that have very low concentrations of tea tree oil. Concentrated products are the ones that pose problems.
Essential oils and cats
For cats, the most common poisoning is due to the following essential oils: Wintergreen, Sweet birch, Lemon, Pine, Ylang Ylang, Mint, Cinnamon, Pennyroyal, Eucalyptus, Oregano and Lavender. Cats with respiratory problems such as asthma or allergic predisposition can be affected much more quickly.
What are the symptoms of essential oil poisoning?
Symptoms of potential poisoning include:
– The smell of essential oils in fur, breathing or vomiting;
– Difficulty breathing;
– Dry walnut;
– Difficulties in walking;
– Redness of the tongue or skin;
– Muscle tremor.
What should I do if my pet has these symptoms?
As with human poisoning, the key in the case of poisoning with essential oils is the quick reaction. Contact a specialist immediately to be able to administer the most appropriate treatment to your pet.
Also, consider the following tips:
1. If the oil is still on the skin or fur, clean it immediately;
2. Do not offer any treatment without the approval of the veterinarian;
3. Take the essential oil with you when you go to your veterinarian to know exactly what you are experiencing.