So I am one of those people who likes my house to smell nice and inviting. Back in the 80's we use to do this by baking cookies or putting cinnamon on the stove to cook. But fast forward to 2021 past all the Yankee candle scents of the 90's and you arrive at room diffusers with essential oils.

They come in various types. There is the kind that just sit in a corner somewhere giving off a pleasant aroma. There are the kind that work with heat like a tea light candle. And of course in this modern age there are the kind that plug into a wall outlet and keep your house spritz all day with a lovely scent of your choice.

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There are lots of reason to use essential oils to fragrance your home one of which is to clear the air of pets smells. Great idea, but are you aware that many essential oils are toxic to your dog and cat. According to foundanimals.org there are at 14 essential oils that are toxic to our pets.

Found Animals has put together a guide for those of us who want to use oils as remedies and air fresheners in our homes. They stress the importance of using the oils correctly and also that you should consult your vet before using any of these products on your animals. Remember too, that animals sense of smell is much stronger than ours so over using essential oils in your home with a diffuser can also cause your animals to have a toxic reaction to the oils as well.

Take a look 8 common essential oils that can be toxic to you dog or cat.

8 Common Essential Oils that Can Be Harmful to Pets

If you enjoy using essentials oils around your home it is important you are using them safely around your pets. There are many common essential oils that can be highly toxic to your dog or cat. These 8 are very common but there are other that can be toxic too. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before using essential oils on or near you dog or cat.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

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