Did you know that almost 28% of households with pets experienced barriers to vetinary care most commonly due to finances? If you can’t afford vet care for your pet, don’t feel bad. You aren’t alone.

Vetinary care is expensive, but there are things you can actively do to keep your pets safe and avoid the vet. If you own a candle, air freshener, or oil diffuser, you can pick the right scents to benefit instead of hurt your pet.

So, what scents are harmful to your fur babies? Keep reading to find out.

What Scents Are Harmful to Pets?

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When you spray an air freshener, light a candle, or use an oil diffuser, you need to know about harmful scents. These are just a few of the scents and oils that are harmful to your furry friends:

  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Tea tree
  • Wintergreen
  • Peppermint

The best air freshener for home use should not include any of these scents if you own a pet.

The main offender in an ingredient list for a lot of air fresheners are VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The volatility in air fresheners is the same volatility in fossil fuels, paints, refrigerants, cigarette smoke, etc.

Sounds horrible, right? Health effects of VOCs in pets and even humans might include:

  • Throat, nose, and eye irritation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Damage to the central nervous system, liver, and kidney

Some VOCs can do much worse and cause cancer in your animals. The negative effects of air fresheners in your pets can appear immediately, within a few hours, or might show up a few days after use.

Although the air can be a cause of negative impacts on your pets, your pet might lick products that aren’t made for ingestion. Keep products out of reach from your pets and don’t let them lick anything after you clean.

What Scents Are Safe for Pets?

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There are some essential oils and scents that are safe for dogs and other pets. Plus, some of them have additional benefits. Here are some safe scents you can use:

  • Cedarwood oil
  • Citrus oils (orange and lemon oil)
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Fennel oil
  • Chamomile oil

Cedarwood oil can work as an insect repellant and citrus oils can act as a mosquito repellant. Chamomile oil creates a soothing effect that can help the gastrointestinal system calm down.

Pets can smell safe essential oils and some are good for your pet’s skin. AromaTech has scent options for diffusers that are safe for dogs and cats.

Depending on the scent, some candles are dangerous for pets to be around. The same goes for some air freshener spray, plug-ins, and aerosol cleaning products.

Custom air fresheners are the way to go if you can get your hands on one and create it with non-toxic ingredients.

Avoiding Air Freshener Scents That Are Bad for Your Pets

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If you have a furry friend, you want them to be as safe and healthy as possible. With the help of this guide, you can avoid air freshener, candle, and oil scents that are bad for your pets.

A lot of non-toxic scents will say that they are safe for pets on the label. If you aren’t sure about a scent or product, don’t risk it.

Keep your pets safe and don’t forget to keep coming back for more helpful tips like this!

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