How harmful can fragrance in the home (or car) be to your pet? What other ways can you freshen up your home when the cause of the odor is your beloved dog or cat?
There have been many posts popping up on Facebook lately about essential oil diffusers being harmful and possibly toxic to dogs and cats. Some people seem to be using them to cover up pet odors, but they might be actually causing more harm than they people realize.
While some people are not affected by pet odors and some people do find that it bothers them, pet owners should be careful and aware of what works best and does not cause harm to humans or pets.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides assistance and guides to help keep dogs and cats safe in society, safe in homes and outdoors.
Do you know which cleaning products, human medications and cosmetic items to keep out of your pet’s reach? If you suspect your pet has been exposed to any poisonous substances, contact your veterinarian or call APCC’s hotline at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
Unfortunately, products that pet owners and homeowners think makes the air in their home (or car) smell better can possibly pollute the air with chemicals that are dangerous to your pets. According to experts, a large percentage of U.S. households use a variety of these products. Studies have found harmful chemicals in air fresheners (all types), scented candles and incense. Most of the effects of these products aren’t immediately obvious and may not even manifest as respiratory issues.
There are safe, natural alternatives that can freshen the air in your home – these include pet-safe indoor plants, an air purifier and diffusing diluted pet-safe essential oils. The products you should consider not using due to the health-related issues include air freshener sprays, upholstery sprays, plug-ins, gels, candles and incense. Some of the reasons this can be related to the size of pets. Also, both dogs and cats tend to spend a lot of time near the floor where all indoor air pollutants eventually wind up. Then they groom themselves and sometimes each other, ingesting the harmful particles that have accumulated on their fur and in the environment.
In air fresheners in the form of both aerosol sprays and plug-ins, there are a number of toxic chemicals that can be dangerous to your pet's health as well as yours.
Here are some ideas on natural alternatives to keep your home smelling fresh. Besides opening up your windows when weather allows, consider adding some pet-safe indoor house plants that can clean the air.
To make your own deodorizers:
• Fill a spray bottle with plain vinegar, then add five to 10 drops of essential oils if you like, such as lemon, lavender, or vanilla. Spray the vinegar around the house.
• Add one-quarter cup of baking soda to a spray bottle and fill it with water. Shake well and spray liberally.
Other ways to add natural scents to your home are to simmer some mint tea or cinnamon in water or grind up a fresh orange.
Most of all, enjoy your best friends company--dogs and cats--at home or your car, without overdoing it on the air fresheners. Woof, woof & meow!