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Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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I'm pregnant and have been diffusing peppermint oil to alleviate

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I'm pregnant and have been diffusing peppermint oil to alleviate morning sickness. Tonight, my 10 year old rag doll is acting very sluggish and has had some diarrhea and is a mess. He won't eat and will barely walk. I've been diffusing it once or twice a day for about a week now. now that I've realized its harmful, what can I do to help him?? I have a younger kitten that does not seem to be affected at all.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hello. These oils can be pretty toxic to cats. They typically cause GI and respiratory signs- nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, labored breathing, coughing. They can lead to organ toxicity if it's a more chronic exposure. I would start by getting some bloodwork run to rule out kidney damage. I would also shoot x-rays of the chest to make sure the lungs are ok. If that looks good, then I'd put him on IV fluids for a day or two. this is to flush out the toxin. I would also use some antibiotics (Metronidazole) to clear up the diarrhea. A day or two of detox should get him back healthy and rehydrated. From then on, just refrain from using these oils around the cats. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Everything else I've read online said to remove them from the area and wait for improvement. Should I do that or get him to the vet immediately?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
With a mild exposure, that would be fine. A cat with diarrhea, not eating and barely walking- I would want that cat treated more aggressively. It may end up being an overkill, but I'd rather error on the side of caution here.