Many people have turned to essential oils as a natural way to treat everything from anxiety to inflammation - even fighting colds and infections.

But we wanted to verify: Are essential oils harmful for pets?

The short answer is - yes.

KHOU 11 asked a veterinarian and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Sometimes, just inhaling the particles can make them sick. And while they can harm dogs as well, cats are the most vulnerable.

If your pet suddenly gets sick or starts acting out of character, call your veterinarian immediately.

Experts say you can still use small amounts of oils in a well-ventilated home, especially in an area where pets may not have access.

Learn more on caring for your pet from the Pet Poison Helpline, and learn about essential oils safe for cats here.

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