Our dedicated team is always here for your pets

Armstrong Creek Veterinary Practice opened in August 2019 - our purpose-built veterinary practice provides modern, professional and affordable health care for your pets. We aim to make your pet feel at ease in our clinic with a caring, fear-free and gentle approach to treatment and consultations. Our dedicated staff and leading veterinarians are all passionate about pets, and we are devoted animal lovers.

At our veterinary practice, you’ll be fully supported with sound advice first and foremost. We know that helping our clients and greater community starts with providing a good understanding of health care issues and treatment options. With great advice and professional recommendations, we aim to empower you to make the best ongoing health care decisions for your furry and feathered family members.

With fully equipped examination rooms, in-house diagnostic machines, a dedicated surgical suite, up-to-date dentistry radiology and equipment, and pharmaceutical stores, we provide on-the-spot assistance for nearly all pet health and medical needs. We are pleased to also be able to offer a referral service to specialist surgeons and medical consultants for those more complicated cases. Take a moment to meet our team and our own pets. We look forward to seeing you and your pet again at the next scheduled visit.

A big part of our local community

Our veterinary practice prides ourselves on being an integral part of our local community. We are here to help our client's cats and dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, birds, and other pocket pets. Being so strongly integrated with our local community is important to us and our clients - our customers know by experience that they can rely on us for sound advice and treatment options, and that their pet is in the very best hands with our team.

 

Essential Oils and our Pets

There is a lot of speculation on the big wide web about whether or not essential oils are good for our pets. We want to provide you with the right information to help you make the best choice for your pet’s health.

Here are some common questions you might find on Dr. Google or even ask yourself:

  • Is it a big deal if we have a diffuser in another room to our pets?
  • I heard lavender helps to reduce anxiety in dogs – is this true?
  • I have used essential oils on and around my pets before and they are fine, why should I stop?

So what’s the problem you ask? Well inside your pet’s body is a lot more complex than what we see on the surface. Cats in particular are more susceptible to essential oil poisoning, because they lack the liver enzyme (glucuronyl transferase) that helps them to break down certain compounds in essential oils. As a result, their livers take longer to metabolize and eliminate these compounds and it can lead to toxic levels. While dogs don’t lack the enzyme, they are still sensitive to essential oils and can become very sick if exposed to them.

Here is a list of essential oils that should NEVER be used around DOGS:

  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Geranium
  • Juniper
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • Pine oils
  • Sweet Burch
  • Wintergreen
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang

Here is a list of essential oils that should NEVER be used around CATS:

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Clove
  • Bergamot
  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lavender
  • Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine
  • Sweet Burch
  • Spruce
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Wild Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

Essential oil exposure can occur via ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin. And the symptoms of essential oil toxicity vary depending on the quantity, oil type and the way your pet has been exposed. The higher the concentration of the essential oil (100%) the greater the risk to your pets.

Some common signs of inhalation and ingestion poisoning are:

  • Watery nose/eyes
  • Labored breathing (fast breathing, panting, coughing, wheezing)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy/Depression
  • Diarrhoea/Vomiting
  • Weakness/Trouble walking
  • Muscle tremors
  • Low body temperature

When essential oils are used on, or transmitted through the skin, they may also cause:

  • Skin irritation
  • Redness
  • Chemical burns
  • As well as all the above symptoms

So what about using a diffuser? There are a number of different types of diffusers available these days for starters, and each diffuser will cause a different reaction in your animals. The most common type of diffusers are passive diffusers (which commonly effect taste and smell), and these include:

  1. Reed diffusers soak up the oil and disperse it into the air
  2. Electric/heat diffusers, candle burners or any diffuser that uses heat to evaporate oils
  3. Personal evaporative diffusers such as necklaces, pendants, bracelets
  4. Motorized diffusers that use a fan to blow steam/air into the atmosphere that has essential oils mixed with it

More modern diffusers have now also become available and are known as active diffusers - due to their aesthetic appeal these diffusers seem to be becoming popular quickly. These diffusers differ from passive as they actually send micro-droplets or particles of the essential oils into the air. Types of active diffusers include:

  • Nebulizing diffusers (high speed pressured air steam with an atomizing nozzle)
  • Ultrasonic diffusers (electric current emits vibration)

Both of these active diffuser are frequently used as they are usually silent, can be set to timers and have automatic programs set.

The problem with using diffusers means that essential oils are spread around your home and despite not having your pet in the room while they are being used, they can linger in the air or on a surface hours after being stopped. The most common type of essential oil toxicity for passive diffusers is from inhalation and with active diffusers its inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. The most common form of ingestion of essential oils is from a pet coming into a room where a diffuser has been used, laying on a surface that has been contaminated with essential oils and then grooming themselves, unknowingly ingesting the essential oils.

So if you are considering using essential oils, whether it is on yourself, in your home or with your pets, PLEASE consult your veterinarian so they can help assist you with making the best choices for your pets health.