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• birch
• cinnamon
• clove
• oregano
• tea tree
• thyme
Remember , also , to avoid petting your cat if you are wearing essential oils on your pulse points .
While dogs tend to benefit more from the therapeutic effects of essential oils , cinnamon , citrus , pine , tea tree , thyme , wintergreen , and ylang ylang oils pose risks to dogs and should be avoided . Experts also agree that oils should never be diffused around birds since breathing in the oils is potentially fatal for your feathered friends , and keep fish tanks closed while diffusing oils in the area .
If your pet has been exposed to essential oils , either through diffusion or ingestion , and are experiencing balance issues , drooling or excessive salivating , lethargy , tremors , pawing at mouth or face or vomiting , consult your emergency veterinarian immediately .
The Bottom Line
Since differing opinions abound regarding the use of essential oils with pets , your best course of action is to consult with your veterinarian . If they are not comfortable with the subject of botanical medicine , there are vets in the area specializing in the subject . Dr . Nancy Brandt , DVM , CVC , CVA , CVMA founded the Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy Association ( VMAA ). She is also the founder and medical advisor to Natural Care Institute , LLC , which offers the Las Vegas community alternatives in pet care . Dr . Brandt is a sought-after expert in the field and provides online resources , phone consultations , and educational events to better equip pet owners with the knowledge they need to safely care for their pets . ( https :// nancybrandtdvm . com )
Other veterinarians , including Dr . Christina Barbier , founder of Magnolia Pet Wellness Center , as well as the team at Pet Health™ and Lifetime Care Center , use integrative approaches to pet care that include the use of essential oil therapy with herbal therapy , food therapy , and acupuncture . They can help you feel comfortable when trying this natural approach to pet health care . ◆
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