This is a straight up re-post of a new story I saw tonight that I think is important, I wasn’t aware of any of this (we don’t use diffusers), and it seems like a growing problem:
Urgent warning as dogs ‘poisoned’ by a common household item - unable to recognise owner
The woman, Marianne Whyte, took to Facebook to raise awareness of the risk some diffuser oils may pose to pets. She described in terrifying detail her dog’s ill health.
… “It turns out that the tea tree oil I was using in the diffuser is toxic for dogs. Thankfully the test showed that his liver was ok but we weren’t out of the woods yet.
"He was given fluids under his skin to get the toxins out.”
She was given a stern warning by the vet about use of the oil, and told fellow Facebook users: “The vet and the poison control are saying that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing.
… She listed toxic essential oils for dogs.
The pet owner wrote: “Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home.
- Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
- Birch (Betula)
- Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
- Boldo (Peumus boldus)
- Calamus (Acorus calamus)
- Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
- Cassia (Cassia fistula)
- Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
- Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
- Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
- Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
- Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
- Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
- Mustard (Brassica juncea)
- Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
- Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
- Red or White Thyme
- Rue (Ruta graveolens)
- Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
- Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
- Savory (Satureja)
- Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
- Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
- Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
- Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
- Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)”
There’s a lot of info online about this, as ever do your own research into specific situations and uses.
Also, given the time of year, remember that grapes, raisins (sultanas, currents etc) are highly toxic to dogs, they’re in a lot of seasonal foods:
And chocolate is another thing to watch out for, especially tree decorations: