Here we are for the last two myths from the article written by Dr Janet Roark, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Winter 2019 Living Magazine. Dr Roark was one of the 6 Veterinarians participating in a Veterinary Panel at the doTERRA conference in Salt Lake City last September, 2018. She states as follows.
“MYTH: Using Oils around pets can cause liver or kidney damage.
TRUTH: When using CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, we have seen certain oils that can be used to actually support the kidneys or liver. Many of the negative accusations come from the fact that liver and/or kidney failure is common in pets, regardless of essential oil use. Many times people want a reason for why these things happen, and often oils get implicated falsely.
MYTH: [Insert oil name here] oil is harmful to cats.
TRUTH: I have heard it all. Citrus oils are toxic to cats. Pine oils are toxic to cats. Even Lavender oil is toxic to cats. You name it. The truth is, there is just no sound science or basis for these claims. Ultimately, you will hear many things from many people about cats and oils. Here’s my take: cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing certain things, so it really isn’t a bad idea to use a bit more caution with these little ones. If you use the cautions already recommended, these oils are perfectly safe to use in your DIY cleaning or diffused in your home with cats. Use a little extra caution with Melaleuca, ( http://bit.ly/2CLs57J, ) Wintergreen, ( http://bit.ly/2CGrzI4 ) Spearmint, (http://bit.ly/2CIa0Hy) and Peppermint, (http://bit.ly/2CyReT5 ) as well as the hot oils such as Oregano (http://bit.ly/2CLpcUj )or Thyme ( http://bit.ly/2CKUOt4).
Essential oils have many benefits for your pets. They can help with calming emotions, soothing muscles, easing digestion, and overall wellness of your four-legged family members.
As with any new thing you need to introduce to your pet, begin slowly. Start with a small amount of a diffused or diluted essential oil and observe your pet’s behavior. Keep your diffusers in a safe place where your pet cannot knock it over.”
This concludes Dr Roark’s article. For a copy of a Living Magazine please contact me and I will get one in the mail for you!