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Are essential oils toxic for pets?

Some essential oils that benefit humans can actually be harmful to animals.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — If you have pets and use essential oils, make sure you're keeping the toxic oils away from your furry family members.

Some oils that benefit humans can actually be harmful to animals.

There are several oils that are toxic for pets, but the most common are tea tree oil, wintergreen, pine oils, and even cinnamon.

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Veterinarians say diffusing oils is less likely to poison your pet if the diffuser is placed away from the animal. Concentrated oils and pills can be much more dangerous.

If your pet is exposed to toxic essential oils, they can show an array of symptoms.

Greater Huntsville Humane Society Veterinarian, Dr. Wesley Clendinen, said, "Your most common symptoms are going to be vomiting, respiratory issues. Also, they can become neurologic and act really uncoordinated, unsure of where they are."

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If your pet is exposed to toxic essential oils, call your veterinarian right away.

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