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Is Eucalyptus Safe For Pets?

Herbs For Pets 4 min read
Eucalyptus globulus tree. Is eucalyptus safe for pets?

Eucalyptus is a plant that is known for its refreshing scent and uses in helping to relieve sinus and chest congestion for humans. You may be wondering, “is eucalyptus safe for pets” and if eucalyptus can have the same benefits for our furry friends.

There are various factors that come into play to determine an answer to this question and it will depend on factors such as the source, concentration, dose, and how pets are exposed to this herb. The truth is that eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.) has many benefits for pets and humans, however, just like any natural product, eucalyptus in high dosage can be harmful (for both pets and humans).

Brown glass bottle with "eucalyptus essential oils" label on it. Eucalyptus leaves around the bottle on a white table top.
Is eucalyptus safe for pets?

What Are The Benefits of Eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus is a natural antiseptic and reduces inflammation of the respiratory mucosa, so it is excellent support for bronchitis and asthma due to its decongestant properties.

It also has common uses for flea prevention since it has anti-itch, antiparasitic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. It also deodorizes skin, heals wounds, smells pleasant, nourishes skin and coat, soothes skin allergies, and boosts hair growth.

Close up of eucalyptus leaves on a tree

When To Be Cautious of Eucalyptus For Pets

When diluted, Eucalyptus oil does not irritate the skin, but it can be toxic especially when swallowed, so always use products formulated specifically for your little ones to prevent any possible incidents with this potent herb.

When diluted, Eucalyptus oil does not irritate the skin, but it can be toxic to pets especially when swallowed.

Essential oils are extracts of plants with a large amount of volatile oil (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) and have become increasingly popular in recent years. Eucalyptus oil is one of the more popular essential oils. These oils are extracted and concentrated by distillation or cold pressing and they may be sold on their own or used in other products. They can also be found in a wide range of concentrations. Products containing essential oils can contain 1-20% of them in their composition. However, some of these products can go as high as 100% concentration of essential oils. Direct exposure, especially to higher concentration oils, can lead to dangerous cases of intoxication.

Studies have shown that cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters can be susceptible to certain essential oil toxicities. Factors such as the supplier quality, the type of oil, method of use, concentration, and individual sensitivities play a role in the risk of essential oil toxicity, so never apply concentrated essential oils such as Eucalyptus oil directly to your pet, never feed them with concentrated Eucalyptus oil, and never leave oils in areas where your pet may come into direct contact with them.

Essential oil diffuser next to a small house plant on a coffee table with a couch out of focus in the background. Eucalyptus oil is not safe to be used in diffusers around pets.

Avoid the use of Eucalyptus essential oils in a diffuser in households with pets with asthma, allergies, or similar conditions, and keep pets out of rooms with a high concentration of essential oils (fresh paint thinner, recently washed floors, or high concentration oils in diffusers).

Another essential thing to consider is to always pay attention to signs of toxicity in your pets. These signs will depend on the dose and type of oil, but often include dullness or lethargy, wobbly or trouble walking, weakness, tremors, seizures, drooling, vomiting, red areas on the skin, trouble breathing, coughing, cold body temperature, and slow heart rate. Call a clinic immediately if you see any concerning signs as mentioned above. 

How Can You Use Eucalyptus Safely For Pets?

Eucalyptus oil is safely present and diluted in the formula for our topical spray, Coco Furcare.

This topical spray has natural ingredients that help soothe the skin, which helps deter your pet from scratching themselves raw and leaving their skin open to infection. Coco Furcare protects against parasites and skin allergens, while also helping reduce itching and the possibility of future hot spots in your pet. Besides diluted eucalyptus oil, this spray is formulated with powerful, all-natural ingredients like neem leaf and sodium bicarbonate which have potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-pest properties that help stop the source of any itching and soothe irritation. Coco Furcare is also made with ingredients like chamomile for a calming effect, moisturizers like cedarwood, and deodorizers such as lemongrass. All these natural extracts help you care for your pet’s skin and coat and are completely safe for long-term use.

If you ever have any questions about the ingredients used in our products, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team of pet experts is always here for you!

Dr. Aline Dias DVM

Dr. Aline Dias DVM

Dr. Aline Dias is a veterinary graduate from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. She worked for five years with research in Bacteriology and Virology fields, but she found her true passion in feline medicine. As soon as Dr. Aline immigrated to Canada, she adopted two kittens: Chilli and Keke. Dr. Aline is now a full-time crazy cat lady and when she’s not working at NHV she spends her time spoiling her furbabies or going for walks at the beach.

Published: March 10, 2021

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