Essential oils aren’t just pleasantly aromatic oils that freshen rooms. They can help calm anxiety, relieve flu symptoms and help the body return to homeostasis. Humans aren’t the only species to reap the benefits of essential oils. Animals can too. Specifically our K-9 friends. In fact, some veterinarians use essential oils in their practice. “As a veterinarian, I like to integrate essentials oils into my practice in conjunction with traditional medicine and they often complement each other,” says Janet Roark, a DVM in Austin, Texas. According to Dr. Roark, the FDA is strict about wording when it comes to essential oils. “While medications can ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ a disease or condition, essentials oils ‘support’ the body or system and ‘promote’ a healthy response,” says Dr. Roark.
Essential oils aren’t good for all furry friends
Essential oils may be used for many different species of animals but some oils should never be used on cats, in particular. “The liver in cats is less efficient at detoxifying various compounds. This is why cats are more easily sickened by certain medications and products,” says Carol Osborne, DVM, integrative veterinarian, of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center and Pet Clinic. “For example, some essential oils contain polyphenols, which makes them potentially toxic to cats. Oils in this group include oregano, thyme, cinnamon bark, clove, and wintergreen. These oils are usually not used in cats,” warns Dr. Osborne. Always consult your veterinarian before using essential oils on any animal. Here are 17 other interesting facts you didn’t know about cats.