I have a diffuser in my house that uses essential oils. What I don't have is a dog, but if I did, I would probably stop using the diffuser. I've been seeing these warnings on Facebook about a doggo getting sick from a diffuser so I decided to do a little research to find out if it was true or an interwebs urban myth.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, people are using essential oils more often these days to try and holistically treat their pets. Some pet owners are using things like Tea Tree oil to treat their pets for things like fleas.

Don't do this. Your dog might be allergic or highly sensitive and even a drop or two more than they can stand could be problematic.

Tea Tree oil is highly toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure. Do not put Tea Tree oil on your dog. If you want to learn more about why veterinarians say you should not be using essential oils on your dog, click here.

So what about oil diffusers? The ASPCA says that oil diffusers can cause problems for dogs because of their highly developed sense of smell. A little essential oil might be fine for humans, but for a dogs sensitive nose, those same oils might make them dizzy or even vomit. They could even develop respiratory distress.

If you're going to use a diffuser, talk to your vet about your pet and get their advice about how to go about introducing them into your and your pupper's home.