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Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?

“I am not comfortable putting or giving my pet (insert veterinary parasite prevention product here). It’s toxic! I want to use natural products.” It is one of the most common concerns/responses we get when discussing parasite prevention with our pet parents. Did you know that some natural products that are safe for us humans are not for our pets?

Essential oils and their use has made an enormous return for use in people for healthier alternatives in preventive health care and healing. These same products, although safe for us, are not for our pets.

I make my own DIY bug repellent at home in a spray bottle. We use a combination of different essential oils that are used to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other pests. In these sprays are different amounts of tea tree oil, eucalyptus, citrus oils, peppermints, pines etc. although these ingredients are safe for us, not so for our dog or cat.

When our pet licks, ingests or topically absorbs some of these oils, the consequences can be severe. Some symptoms may include tremors, seizures, excessive drooling, liver failure and death. Just a tiny droplet can cause a lot of damage.

There is not a lot of research out there on essential oils and pets nor the proper dilution for parasites control.

Please give us a call if you have questions or concerns about parasite prevention and your pet.

Natural is not always safe. If your pet has been exposed to essential oils and is having clinical signs, please contact Pet Poison Helpline at 855 764 7661 and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Check out this great webinar for essential oils and pets.

Written by: Michelle, RVT



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Baxter Animal Hospital