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Essential Oils and Cats

This topic seems to be coming up a lot at work lately. Clients have been calling us with questions regarding essential oils, mainly being used in a diffuser.

Essential oils are the concentrated liquids of plants. These have become very popular for their use in aromatherapy, but can also branch into cleaning products, perfumes and flavourings.

Listed below are essential oils that are known to cause poisoning in cats:

  • Wintergreen
  • Sweet birch
  • Citrus oil
  • Pine oils
  • Ylang ylang
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Pennyroyal
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea tree

So, does this mean you should turn off your diffuser? Not necessarily. Using an oil diffuser for a short period and allowing your pet to come and go as they please, is not likely to be an issue.

However, if your cat has a history of breathing problems, it is probably best to avoid them altogether.

The most critical takeaway advice:

Never apply oils directly onto your cat’s skin or allow ingestion. Keeping the diffuser and oils well out of reach of curious cats is very important!

Written by: Lisa Clifford, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team