Air Fresheners – In preventing our room from smelling of dogs, are we harming them?

To quote Dr.Michelle Schoffro Cook Before you spray Febreze or plug in a Glade Plug-In, light a scented candle, or use some so-called air freshening wick, mist, aerosol, or other car or room deodorizer, think twice. You’ll be shocked to learn their ingredients and the harmful effects they can cause. That “Cleansing Rain,” “Summer Breeze,” “Fresh Country,” “Cool Morning Air” or “Berry Burst” might be having disastrous effects on your health or the health of your family, including children and unborn fetuses.

Science Daily: When used indoors under certain conditions, many common household cleaners and air fresheners emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

If they can 1210do this to people – what about our dogs? Plug-ins in particular are at nose height. Sometimes even seemingly miniscule amounts can have serious health consequences. Read more here.

Sara Jackson in writes, ‘When animals come into contact with synthetic perfumes, their bodies will begin reacting to them. Symptoms to watch out for are sneezing, and nasal and eye discharge. The liver can become toxic, affecting digestion, and immune and musculoskeletal symptoms can also emerge. Chronic disease may result, or the eventual development of cancer or organ failure. Itching is another sure sign of a reaction to the chemicals your companion has come in contact with’.

I myself go to many houses with air fresheners that make a hiss as perfume is sprayed at timed intervals – sometimes quite sudden and surprising (and there must be dogs who are alarmed by this) – I haven’t a story about that, so here is a story of a dog I went to that particularly liked to sniff, and why not? He’s a dog.

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs - Certified Canine Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:
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2 Responses to Air Fresheners – In preventing our room from smelling of dogs, are we harming them?

  1. That’s scary stuff! I have to use natural products because my dog licks everything.


  2. Pingback: Cleanliness Next to Dogliness? | Paws for Thought

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