The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Aromatherapy and cats: Caution

    Thumbing through the August 2007 issue of Cat Fancy magazine, I found an article with the following caveats.

    • Exposure to certain undiluted oils can be toxic — even life threatening — to cats
    • Pennyroyal is especially toxic to cats
    • An oil that affects dogs (or humans) in one way might have a different effect in cats.

    Lavender is singled out as being “toxic to cats and should never be given to cats orally or applied topically, in my opinion,” says Dr. Arnold Plotnick on the Cat Fancy website.

    This differs from research in dogs where diffused lavender odor is a practical approach to manage travel-induced excitement.

    The bottom line?
    Check with your veterinarian before exposing your pet to aromatherapy.

    6/22/07 21:52 JR

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