November 09, 2020 2 min read

Essential Oils to Use and NOT to Use with Your Pets

Certain essential oils can be toxic to our pets, and it’s important to remember that products which are beneficial and safe for you might not be for them. Before using any essential oils around your furry friends, our best advice is to consult your veterinarian for advice.

When it comes to adding anything new to their environment, essential oils or otherwise, we recommend keeping a close eye on how your pet responds to the change. If you notice any discomfort or agitation, move them to a well-ventilated room and stop using the product. If your pet appears to be in distress, contact your veterinarian or trusted animal practitioner right away.

Should you suspect your pet has accidentally ingested any essential oil product, please contact your veterinarian or trusted animal practitioner right away. When applying essential oils on yourself and then snuggling your pet, recognize that they may inadvertently inhale or lick essential oils, and there is a possibility of essential oils being absorbed through your pet’s skin.

There is a lot of information circulating on this delicate subject and we choose to defer to a leading safety expert in the Aromatherapy industry, Robert Tisserand. 

You can diffuse essential oils around cats safely, so long as there’s good ventilation, you only diffuse small amounts for limited periods of time, and your cat has the freedom to leave the room if it wants. Using a diffuser is a great way to freshen the air in your home, and is best done carefully when pets are part of your family. 


Though this is not an exhaustive list, below are a few of the expert agreed upon essential oils to avoid diffusing in the presence of animals:

Tea Tree

Using only small amounts of your favorite diffuser blend, and observing how your pet responds.

Start with 1-5 drops in your diffuser and monitor how your pet responds.

When it comes to the health and safety of your pets, we want to encourage you to educate yourself and stay well informed.