Not all natural products are safe for your pets.

When it comes to essential oils you’ll want to keep your furry friends far away from them. They could be very toxic to dogs and especially cats. 

Essential oils are concentrated liquid organic compounds derived from plants such as tea tree oil, oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, wintergreen, and so much more.

Veterinarians say toxicity can occur from ingestion, skin applications, or inhalation. Signs include vomiting, difficulty breathing, weakness, depression, difficulty walking, burns on the lips or mouth, drooling, tremors, coma, aspiration pneumonia, liver damage, and even death.   

Dr. Waterhouse says if your pet has been exposed to the oils its best to take your pet and the essential oil to the veterinarian. She says there is no here is no specific antidote but your pet might need blood tests and medications for vomiting, liver disease, antibiotics, and pain meds.)  Most pets do survive with treatment. 

If you have any concerns its good to contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435 and Pet Poison Helpline 800-213-6680.