PetPlace.com Dangers of plug-in air fresheners - Page 1

My Pet: FREE Tools to Care for Your Pet and Connect with Others


Over 10,000 Vet Approved Articles Search All Articles

Dangers of plug-in air fresheners

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

Read By: Pet Lovers
Email To A Friend Print


Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra - What makes you think plug-in air fresheners are safe for dogs or cats to be around? (Tip on Dangers of Liquid Potpourri to Dogs). There is silica in some, as well as many toxic fragrance chemicals. Right at nose level for them. Not safe for anyone.

Look at these references:

Air-freshening chemicals may lead to cancerous cells (2006) Denver Post.
Nation: World News. Retrieved May 15, 2006 from:
http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_3823832

Anderson, RC, & Anderson, JH (1998) Toxic effects of air freshener
emissions. Archives of Environmental Health. 52(6):433-41.

Anderson, RC, & Anderson, JH (1998) Acute toxic effects of fragrance
products. Archives of Environmental Health. 53(2):138-46.

Farrow, A, Taylor, H, Northstone, K, Golding, J (2003). Symptoms of
mothers and infants related to total volatile organic compounds in
household products. Archives of Environmental Health. 58(10):633-41.


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. Goodness, isn't anything safe any more?

You read our article about the liquid potpourri that can be caustic if licked. It is a more common problem in cats than dogs but can cause burns in the mouth and esophagus that can be very bad.

As far as the dangers of plug-in air fresheners, you bring up a great point. I've not read about the dangers of plug-in air fresheners to pets but you are right – they are at "nose level". It is possible that they could cause problems that have not get been identified. The only time I have recommended using caution with plug-in air fresheners is around cats with a history of asthma.

Has anyone else heard about plug-in air fresheners being dangerous to dogs and cats?

Thanks very much for your email. I'll post this on our site and give our users something to consider.

Regards,


Dr. Debra



To read most recent questions Click here!

**Click here to see the full list of Ask Dr. Debra Questions and Answers!

Comment & Share
Email To A Friend Print

Dog Photos Enjoy hundreds of beautiful dog photos Let's Be Friends Follow Us On Facebook Follow Us On twitter

Close

Email to a Friend

Article to eMail
Dangers of plug-in air fresheners




Thanks!
Close
My Pet
Coming Soon

Tools to Care for Your Pet and
Connect with Others!

Be the First to Know.
Notify Me