Essential oils and your pet: are they toxic? - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Essential oils and your pet: are they toxic?

Posted: Updated:

If you use essential oils in your home, you'll want to be careful if you have pets.

Some of those oils you have in your home may be toxic for them.

Essential oils have many uses for both humans and pets.

Like humans though there are many smells your pet may not like.

Pharmacist, Lindsey Elmore, said, "If you are diffusing be sure that the animal has free access to leave the room."

Veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Hospital, Emily Gockesmith, said it's fine to diffuse essential oils but recommends not putting them directly on your pet's skin without consulting your vet.

Gockesmith said, "There's a lot of differences and it's hard to know what could be safe or what could be toxic."

Essential oils have become very popular across the United States posing a quality issue when using oils on pets.

Elmore said, "Quality really matters."

While quality is important Dr. Gockesmith said cats and birds are more sensitive to oils in the room.

Gockesmith said cats are missing a key enzyme in their liver that breaks down the phenols in the oils.
Gockesmith also said to make sure your diffuser isn't on a low surface but placed on a high surface out of reach of your pets.

She also said essential oils toxicity occurs mostly when pets ingest the oils but it can also happen if there is too much in the air.

Holistic expert, Mollie Vacco, said if you're using oils near pets there are some things to be on the lookout for.
She said, "If the skin bubbles or blisters or something comes up like that you want to reassess."

For a full list of recommendations on what oils are safe for your pets, you can head over to our connections page.  
 

  • LocalMore>>

  • NILE Trade Show in Billings through Saturday

    NILE Trade Show in Billings through Saturday

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:18 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:18:30 GMT
    The NILE is in town and with that comes the rodeo, agriculture shows, learning, and the trade show.  The NILE trade show is home to everything from clothes to farming equipment and even animals and you can come check it out all the way through Saturday at 5 pm.  Vendors come from all over to showcase the newest and greatest products for ranching and farming.  This is not only a good place for the agriculture community to come together but a place for others to learn as ...
    The NILE is in town and with that comes the rodeo, agriculture shows, learning, and the trade show.  The NILE trade show is home to everything from clothes to farming equipment and even animals and you can come check it out all the way through Saturday at 5 pm.  Vendors come from all over to showcase the newest and greatest products for ranching and farming.  This is not only a good place for the agriculture community to come together but a place for others to learn as ...
  • Billings police ask for help in Laura Johnson missing person case

    Billings police ask for help in Laura Johnson missing person case

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:10:55 GMT

    The Billings Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. 

    The Billings Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. 

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods working to lower Yellowstone County crime rate

    Project Safe Neighborhoods working to lower Yellowstone County crime rate

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:04:21 GMT

    A national program is working to make neighborhoods safer everywhere and since being introduced in Yellowstone County earlier this year and it seems to be working.  Project Safe Neighborhoods looks at areas of Montana with high crime rates.  Now six months in law enforcement believes that crime rates are decreasing.  The initiative is seeing a number of alleged criminals being arrested with guns and drugs seized.  According to the FBI violent crimes in Montana incr...

    A national program is working to make neighborhoods safer everywhere and since being introduced in Yellowstone County earlier this year and it seems to be working.  Project Safe Neighborhoods looks at areas of Montana with high crime rates.  Now six months in law enforcement believes that crime rates are decreasing.  The initiative is seeing a number of alleged criminals being arrested with guns and drugs seized.  According to the FBI violent crimes in Montana incr...

  • MontanaMore>>

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods working to lower Yellowstone County crime rate

    Project Safe Neighborhoods working to lower Yellowstone County crime rate

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:04:21 GMT

    A national program is working to make neighborhoods safer everywhere and since being introduced in Yellowstone County earlier this year and it seems to be working.  Project Safe Neighborhoods looks at areas of Montana with high crime rates.  Now six months in law enforcement believes that crime rates are decreasing.  The initiative is seeing a number of alleged criminals being arrested with guns and drugs seized.  According to the FBI violent crimes in Montana incr...

    A national program is working to make neighborhoods safer everywhere and since being introduced in Yellowstone County earlier this year and it seems to be working.  Project Safe Neighborhoods looks at areas of Montana with high crime rates.  Now six months in law enforcement believes that crime rates are decreasing.  The initiative is seeing a number of alleged criminals being arrested with guns and drugs seized.  According to the FBI violent crimes in Montana incr...

  • First child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

    First child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 3:55 PM EDT2018-10-16 19:55:53 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen.

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen.

  • BREAKING: Man found in Missouri River identified

    BREAKING: Man found in Missouri River identified

    Saturday, October 13 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-10-13 16:43:59 GMT
    Tuesday, October 16 2018 12:38 PM EDT2018-10-16 16:38:21 GMT

    GREAT FALLS- The Cascade County Coroner has identified the man whose body was found in the Missouri River over the weekend.

    GREAT FALLS- The Cascade County Coroner has identified the man whose body was found in the Missouri River over the weekend.

  • Most Popular