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Something very important when diffusing essential oils is safety. Today we will talk about essential oils and pets. Are they harmful? Is it safe to diffuse the oils where your pet is? That and other questions will be answered in this article.

You should know that some oils are strong, and the smell of cats or dogs is more sensitive than that of humans. Because the oils are highly concentrated, they can irritate your pet’s nostrils. That’s why you need to take action if you have a four-legged companion in the house.

Some veterinarians have reported cases of pets with respiratory problems when exposed to essential oils. This happens mainly to cats, which experts say cannot break down the oils. Their livers do not possess the enzyme that performs that task, so subjecting them to breathing essential oils can be harmful.

The following oils are harmful to cats:

  • Citrus oil
  • Pine oils
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Pennyroyal oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Ylang ylang oil


The following cause problems for dogs:

  • Pennyroyal oil
  • Pine oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Oil of Wintergreen

Try not to spread these fragrances in the presence of your pets. Other substances have not been proven to be problematic, but as a recommendation, avoid having cats or dogs inhale your essential oils.

Are essential oils safe for pets to spread?

As we have already made clear, the best thing you can do is not expose your pets to essential oils. If you are one of those people who needs to resort to aromatherapy for health reasons, always do so with caution for your animals.

You can do it in your room. Remember that a good essential oil diffuser only needs 30 minutes to impregnate a room. You can have all the therapeutic benefits of your oils in an average of one hour. This is enough time for you to have the benefits and for your pets to be safe.

Another place where you can relax, enjoy a rich aroma and be healthy is at bath time. Prepare the bath a few minutes in advance by placing essential oils in the diffuser, then you can make the most of them in the shower.

What essential oils are toxic to dogs?

Dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell, therefore essential oils with strong odors can be harmful. We are talking about basil oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, among others. These, although not toxic to dogs, can irritate their nose causing great discomfort.

The essential oils that are toxic to dogs are those already mentioned, at least those that are known to exist. Pine oil, pennyroyal oil, tea tree and wintergreen cause problems in canines. Do not spread around a dog for any reason.

To spread essential oils in the presence of a dog, it is advisable to do so in low concentrations and in ventilated places. You cannot do it in closed places like your room, if you want to do it there, make sure your pet is not present.

Are essential oil diffusers safe for dogs and cats?

Essential oil diffusers are safe for pets, as long as you diffuse oils safely. As we have been saying, you should be careful not to diffuse oils that are toxic to dogs and cats. Also, know what the strongest odors are that can cause irritation.

Then, you should take the proper precautions to ensure the well-being of you and your pets. Knowing that essential oil diffusers are safe, if you use them properly. To diffuse in a place where you have a dog, do not use much oil, if you usually put 8 drops, put only 4, and you will have a pleasant smell and a safe environment.

What essential oils are safe to diffuse around cats?

You already know the essential oils that are harmful to a cat. Now let’s see which ones are safe to diffuse around a cat. We are talking about soft oils like lavender, copaiba, incense and helichrysum.

With these fragrances you won’t have any problems with your cat, but that doesn’t mean you can leave it confined to a working diffuser. You should always keep an eye on the safety of your pets.

Remember, if you want to diffuse essential oils safely for pets, do so in open or well-ventilated areas. If this is not possible, make sure you do not diffuse such concentrated oils, lower the amount of oil to be diluted.

A Young Living Essential Oil diffuser is a device that allows you to combine water with a minimal amount of  YL essential oils, for the purpose of dispersing a mist into the air, offering many aromatherapy benefits.

To learn more about essential oils, visit our essential oil uses and benefits page with over 100 different ways you can use essential oils to maintain a healthy lifestyle.