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Essential Oil Diffusers And Pets, Are They Safe?

Essential Oils, Our Pets, and the risks.

Have you developed a fondness for essential oils or fragrance oils and find yourself wondering about their safety when diffused around your beloved pets? The topic of whether scent diffusers are safe for cats and dogs has generated considerable discussion, but sifting through various sources online can be time-consuming. To simplify matters, we’ve crafted an article that directly addresses the question of whether essential oil diffusers pose a risk to pets.

In reality, while there are indeed potential risks associated with pets and essential oils, taking a few straightforward precautions can significantly minimize these risks. Most issues linked to essential oils stem from using cheap low-quality essential oils, chemical based fragrance oils, subpar diffusers, or improper oil application. Moreover, some essential oils aren’t well-tolerated by cats and dogs, compounding the concerns. We’ll identify these specific oils in the following sections.

Why Choose Cold Air Diffusion vs Other Methods of Diffusion?

Cold air diffusion technology, known as nebulizing technology, stands as the most secure and pristine method for diffusing 100% Pure Essential and Fragrance oils, ensuring their optimal efficacy. Instead of relying on water, heat, fans, or evaporation, our Bloom Aromatherapy Diffuser Systems filter the air from your environment to disperse aroma’s in a nano ultra-dry micro mist leaving zero residue. Diverging from conventional approaches that involve water, alcohol, or heat, this state-of-the-art mechanism diffuses scents in their purest essence. The outcome is a fragrance encounter that is not only purer but also consistently invigorating.

The superiority of cold-air diffusion technology in diffusing home fragrances and essential oils rests on several compelling factors. These innovative diffusers have the capacity to envelop spaces that are twice the size covered by typical candles, reed diffusers, plug-ins, and ultrasonic devices. Furthermore, their operation maintains a higher level of cleanliness: our diffusers neither adulterate the scent oil nor subject it to heat, thereby safeguarding the unaltered composition of each formulation and eliminating concerns of mold or residue accumulation and is safer around your animals.

Let’s dive into a deeper understanding of these common risks and explore uncomplicated solutions to counteract them. However, it’s important to note that when in doubt, consulting a veterinarian is always a prudent choice when it comes to essential oils and our beloved pets.


  1. Overwhelming Fragrance: Many individuals utilize essential oils to enhance personal well-being and create a pleasant ambiance at home or work. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to recognize that dogs and cats possess a much keener sense of smell than humans. As a result, even a scent that seems mild to us might prove overpowering for our pets.

To address this concern, a simple solution is to use your diffuser in an area inaccessible to your pets. Additionally, confirming with your veterinarian that the specific scents you’re diffusing are safe for your dog or cat is advisable. Alternatively, upgrading to a high-quality diffuser—one that allows you to regulate fragrance intensity—can help ensure that the scent isn’t too intense for your furry companions.

  1. Direct Exposure: The primary health risks posed by essential oils to pets arise from direct contact—such as licking, skin absorption, and fur contact—with the oils. Direct application of essential oils onto an animal’s skin can result in chemical burns. If a spill occurs and a pet ingests the oil by licking, similar problems can ensue.

Should your pet come into direct contact with the oil on its skin or fur, promptly washing the affected area with soap is essential. If your pet has ingested essential oils directly, or is displaying adverse reactions, seeking immediate veterinary attention is vital. Essential oils should always be stored out of your pets’ reach and should never be left unattended. Additionally, it’s important to consult a veterinarian before applying essential oils directly to your pet’s skin.

  1. Avoiding Toxic Essential Oils: Despite our efforts to provide practical solutions, it remains true that certain specific essential oils should not be diffused around cats and dogs.

Essential oils that can be toxic to dogs and cats include:

  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lavender

The Safest Approach to Diffusing Oils: As mentioned earlier, the safest method of diffusing oils around pets is to select a high-quality diffuser that permits you to manage the intensity of the fragrance. Many of our Cold-Air, Nebulizing Diffusers offer aroma scent intensity control which can be done with every Bloom Diffuser. Models like our Bloom, BloomPRO+, Blossom, BlossomPRO+, SumoPRO and SumoDual HVAC+ also allow you to initiate and halt diffusion through your phone via our Wifi APP.

An additional safety measure involves using only pure aroma oils. Many low-cost essential oils on the market contain additives or fillers. In contrast, at Bloom Aromatherapy, we formulate Pure Essential Oil Fragrance Blends using safe and renewable sources that are free from harmful additives or chemicals. Our oils solely comprise 100% natural ingredients for optimal benefits.

Lastly, it’s advisable to avoid the problematic essential oils listed above and instead choose oils recommended by your veterinarian or those known to be gentle, soothing, and non-problematic—such as vanilla for instance.

While there exist minor risks associated with using essential oils around pets, it’s evident that these risks can be effectively managed by incorporating the uncomplicated measures outlined above. Opt for a diffuser that offers fragrance intensity control, and if you’re particularly concerned, consider using it in a room inaccessible to your pet. Additionally, prioritize high-quality, all-natural oils that are recognized as safe, while steering clear of the oils listed above that could potentially cause problems for animals. Remember to never apply oils directly to your pet without seeking guidance from a veterinarian. By adhering to these guidelines, you and your pets can safely enjoy the numerous benefits of essential oils.

When buying essential oils and fragrance oils look for the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) Symbol & SGS System Certification Symbol. Keep your family safe and experience the real neuro-plasticity effects by choosing high quality oils. 

Most Important Take Aways?

The main things to remember when diffusing oils around your pets keeping them safe and out of harms way.

  1. Use High Quality Oils: Only purchase high quality essential and fragrance oils derived from all natural sources. Look for the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) Symbol. 

  2. Use High End Cold Air Diffusion: Other forms of diffusion, typical candles, reed diffusers, plug-ins, heat, evaporation, and ultrasonic water diffusers can damage delicate oil scent molecules and leave oil residue which is toxic. 

  3. Scent Intensity Control: Make sure you can change your diffusers scent intensity so an aroma is not to overwhelming for your pets.

  4. No Direct Contact: Make sure your pet does not come in direct contact with essential or fragrance oils, they can be extremely toxic if ingested, or absorbed through skin.

When it comes to purchasing essential oils make sure to choose high end naturaly derived fragrances.

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