Are diffusers safe to use around pets?

by | General Pet Care |

We’ve posted about essential oils before, but as the popularity of oil diffusers in homes continues to increase, we want to clear up common misconceptions about essential oils and pets.

It is commonly known there are concerns about the high concentrations of the oils being dangerous for pets. But did you know even those oils that are diluted or diffused may still be dangerous for pets?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says there is no straight answer to the question of whether all essential oils are harmful to pets. Although it’s clear they are dangerous for birds. If you have a pet bird, you should avoid using an essential oil diffuser in your home.

All over the internet there is conflicting information about essential oils when it comes to dogs and cats.

The ASPCA says essential oils and cats are not friends. This is because cats are especially susceptible to toxicity build up as their livers do not contain an enzyme needed to break down the oils. Instead, essential oils can build up in the cat’s system and lead to poisoning.

As a result, concentrated essential oils should never be directly applied to cats. Essential oils can be harmful for dogs too. You can review affects and dangers of specific essential oils on the ASPCA’s toxic and poisonous plants list.

While we wait for more research on essential oils and pets, as a rule of thumb avoid using diffusers if your pet has breathing problems, is confined to a small space or a lot of oil needs to be used.

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