It’s tempting to use air fresheners to keep our homes smelling fresh to mask those pet odors, isn’t it? But, the bad news is that air fresheners are likely to do more harm than good to our pet’s sensitive range of senses.
Also, while we’re on the topic I discovered a lot of air fresheners are potentially toxic to use too! I’ve always heard speculation about this, but it wasn’t until I really delved into some research that I realized there are some potential risks.
The issue with air fresheners and this applies to all brands and types, is that they contain loads of synthetic and toxic ingredients. The worst of which, and these are particularly harmful to pets (cats) are called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
It’s hard to say that they are toxic, seeing as their air fresheners are allowed to be sold and do go through government regulations and testing. Also, as this article explains, they have sold products with harmful ingredients before that they were forced to stop using.
If your pet manages to come into contact with the fluid, or worse still lick it, this can be potentially very serious. The good news is that there are a few solutions that don’t involve man-made sprays and deodorizers packed with harmful chemicals.
The pros include being able to choose colorful additions to your home. I’d love to hear any feedback from pet owners who use Bath and Body Works Wallflowers.
Plug-in diffusers, sprays, purifiers and wax are the most common and Bath and the Body Works Wallflowers (see selection on Amazon.com) is one of the most popular. The Bath and Body Works Wallflowers are not completely safe for pets due to the toxins used in them.
There are many reports by pet owners saying that their cats repeatedly threw up while using the Bath and Body Works Wallflowers. Also, cats tend to have an increase in feline asthma as a result of living in a household where air fresheners or incense is used and even just from the smell of cleaning products.
If you suspect your pet is reacting adversely to any air freshener product, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. Variety of compounds have been used over the past two millennia for their abilities to create pleasant aromas or eliminate unpleasant odors.
The function of the first modern air freshener was based on a military technology for dispensing insecticides and adapted into a pressurized spray using a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellant. Later on, the market shifted away from aerosols due to concerns over the destruction of the ozone layer by CFC's.
It is also known to cause ongoing irritation of the throat and airways, potentially leading to dangerous infections, frequent nosebleeds, asthma and respiratory ailments. It has been shown to cause tissue damage and cancer in the lungs of rodents in laboratory studies.
Although it makes them an excellent scent dispersal agent, unfortunately, they too have been linked to an increased risk of asthma. Below are some options to turn to in keeping your home fragrant and at the same time safe for your furry pets.
Aside from that, they are also known to increase mood and productivity, enhance concentration and memory and reduce stress and fatigue. Many common garden plants, such as apples and tulips, have some toxic elements that could prove dangerous to your dog.
If ingested, all parts of azaleas and rhododendrons cause nausea, vomiting, depression, difficulty breathing and even coma. All parts of the castor oil plant are lethal to dogs and humans, and even the tiniest amount, such as a single seed, can kill.
Daffodil and other narcissus bulbs are toxic to dogs and cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Eating the leaves or flowers of elephants’ ears can cause burning, irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat.
If your dog’s tongue swells enough to block its air passage it could die. Eating the berries and sap of examines can cause digestive problems, including vomiting and diarrhea, affecting the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.
Eating any part of the plant can cause extreme thirst, distorted vision, delirium, incoherence, coma and death to your dog. Eating young larkspur plants and seeds can cause digestive problems including vomiting and diarrhea, nervousness, depression.
While it’s unlikely that your dog would reach mistletoe growing in the garden, problems can occur when you bring plants into the house for Christmas. Eating mistletoe berries can upset the gastrointestinal tract and cause dermatitis.
Eating any part of the plant can cause severe digestive problems and death. Eating any part of the plant can affect the nervous system, cause dermatitis and be fatal to dogs.
Any part of the plant can cause irreversible kidney and liver failure in your dog. Those that do may be bored or stressed, so consider looking at ways in which you can change your dog’s lifestyle to encourage them not to eat garden plants in the first place.
The glorious large, white, star-shaped flowers blushed with pink of this magnolia are a spectacular sight in March and April and signal the arrival of spring. Your garden will brim with color from March to October with this all season collection of clematis.
If you own a canine friend who has the run of the yard, make sure you choose vines that, unlike the following examples, are not poisonous to dogs : Annuals are sold in droves at garden centers and valued for the instant, long-lasting color they can inject into your landscaping.
In the North, where Santana is treated as an annual, it is popular in hanging baskets and other container gardens, in which its lively flowers grace many a porch or patio space. Any good list of shrubs will offer a glimpse into some possibilities these workhorses of the landscape provide.
Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syracuse) Yew bushes (Taxes) Mountain laurel (Alma latifolia) Hydrangea Burning bush (Eponymous Alta) Azalea genus (Azaleas and rhododendrons) Boxwood (Bus) Privet (Ligustrum) Daphne Andromeda (Paris Maponics) But according to the ASPCA, even the leaves of apple trees (Males) are toxic, and The Merck Veterinary Manual confirms this claim. Since the hawthorns are related to apples, it should come as no surprise that Washington hawthorn trees (Craters phaenopyrum) are poisonous to canines.
Yellow dock (Rum ex Crispus) Bittersweet nightshade (Solarium dulcimer) Creeping Charlie (Plethora federated) May apple (Podophyllum Pentium) Bane berry (Acted) Blood root (Sanguinary condenses) Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arise triphyllum) Mistletoe (Viscus album) But seedlings (especially of weeds) can sprout up very quickly, so also be sure to monitor the grounds within the fencing to ensure that it remains free of toxic intruders.