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What is Animal Aromatherapy?

The use of aromatherapy on humans have been widely accepted throughout the world. However, the concept of animal aromatherapy is something that is relatively new. But it is slowly gaining attention from pet owners who want only the safest approach in treatment for their pets. In fact, essential oils can be used from your kittens at home to large animals such as cows and horses. 

As with humans, it can be used to address health problems and common illnesses that animals go through. But it can have the same emotional effects that humans experience upon exposure to the aromas of these natural oils. Once the molecular substances of the oil penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, it travels to the brain and produce its corresponding action. Since the brain controls all the functions in the animal's body, your pet will be able to experience immediate and effective relief from the use of aromatherapy.

How is Essential Oil Beneficial for Animals?

If you're undecided yet on whether to use essential oils on your pet, here are some valuable reasons why you should be convinced with animal aromatherapy:

  • Essential oils contain several beneficial properties that facilitate in the healing of your pet's condition. Some of the most common properties found in aromatherapy oils are antiseptic, antibacterial, and detoxifying properties.

  • From the physical, the effects of essential oils go much deeper such that you can address the emotional issues being faced by your pet animals.

Essential oils are huge right now – for people and for pets. But did you know that some are dangerous to animals? That’s right, your favorite holistic remedies might be toxic for your dog or cat. We put this guide together so you can keep your four-legged friends happy and healthy!

People use oils straight out of the bottle or with diffusers. Unfortunately, while many of these oils are beneficial for humans, they’re harmful to pets, even if you just use them in a diffuser. When using any kind of essential oil, it’s important to distinguish which ones are strictly for people and could make your cat or dog sick. This also applies to oils that you aren’t placing directly on your pet. Even using an oil in a diffuser or warmer can make your animal sick!


I CAN Have:

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavendar, 

Lemongrass, Myrrth, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary


Anise, Birch, Cinnamon, Clove, Citronella, Garlic, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Wintergreen



Anise, Bergamont, Birch, Cinnamon, Clove, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Wintergreen

I CAN Have:

Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavendar, 

Lemongrass, Myrrth, Patchouli, Rosemary



There are several different symptoms of poisoning in pets. A good rule of thumb as a pet owner is to stay alert if you see any changes of behavior in your cat or dog. Here are some other symptoms to watch out for:

  • The smell of essential oils on the fur, skin, breath or vomit

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Drooling

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Difficulty walking or stumbling

  • Muscle tremors

  • Pawing at the mouth or face

  • Redness or burns on their lips, tongue, skin or gums

  • Vomiting

What Should I Do if My Pet Shows These Symptoms?

Just like poisoning in humans, the key to reacting to poisoning in your pet is to act FAST. Don’t delay contacting a professional. Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680). Seek medical treatment immediately. If you can’t reach your vet or their office is closed, bring your cat or dog to an animal emergency medical center. The sooner, the better. Acting fast will improve your pet’s prognosis!

Be sure to also follow these tips:

  1. If the oil is on your pet’s fur or skin, wash it off immediately

  2. Don’t give your pet any treatments without a vet’s approval

  3. Take the oil with you to the vet so they know what they’re dealing with

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