Are your candles pet friendly? 15 essential oils to watch out for!

You know those lovely scents that make candles irresistible? Well, some of them can be a real danger to our furry pals. Essential oils are often used in candles, but they can wreak havoc on our pets' health. If they ingest or inhale these toxic oils, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues, vomiting, diarrhea, liver damage, seizures, and more. The worst part is, many candle companies conveniently forget to mention the potential dangers, especially when it comes to those sneaky essential oils. 

Alright, here's the deal: while there are quite a few essential oils that can be harmful to cats and dogs, the level of toxicity varies depending on the concentration and amount they're exposed to. Brace yourself for the list of essential oils that are generally considered toxic to our furry companions:

  1. Lavender oil
  2. Citrus oils (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
  3. Eucalyptus oil
  4. Tea tree oil
  5. Cinnamon oil
  6. Peppermint oil
  7. Pennyroyal oil
  8. Wintergreen oil
  9. Pine oil
  10. Ylang-ylang oil
  11. Clove oil
  12. Thyme oil
  13. Oregano oil
  14. Sweet birch oil
  15. Bergamot oil

Now, keep in mind, this isn't an exhaustive list, and there might be other essential oils that can also cause harm to your pets. Plus, each pet may have their own special circumstances. When in doubt, it's always best to consult your veterinarian to ensure their safety. 

We're all about looking out for our fur babies, so here are a few tips to keep them safe from those harmful candles:

  1. Play detective with labels: Look for candles that specifically state they're pet-friendly or free from toxic essential oils.

  2. Let the fresh air in: Ensure good airflow in the room when lighting candles to reduce the concentration of essential oils in the air.

  3. Keep 'em out of reach: Position candles in areas where your pets can't get their paws on them, preventing any accidental nibbles or contact.

Candles create a cozy and inviting ambiance, but it's crucial to be aware of the potential hazards associated with essential oils in candles. So, when shopping for candles, read those labels closely and choose pet-friendly alternatives made with safe and non-toxic ingredients! And at Mochiglow, we're always here to answer questions if you want to know more!

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and should not replace professional veterinary advice. If you suspect your pet has ingested or been exposed to any toxic substances, seek immediate assistance from a veterinarian.