The Truth about Air Fresheners and Your Pets

The Truth about Air Fresheners and Your Pets

You’d probably be surprised to learn that out of all the toxic environments your pet will be exposed to over its lifetime, your home is probably the most dangerous. The typical modern home today is loaded with gases and toxic chemicals that are more dangerous than anything your pets would come across if they were to roam outdoors. Unfortunately, most pet owners are unaware of the dangers (or don’t take them seriously) caused by seemingly innocent products that include air fresheners.

The vast majority of over the counter, commercial household products being pushed by the media contain toxic chemicals that can have a hazardous effect on the health of your family and your pets who are especially susceptible to them. Just like humans that encounter health problems as a result of susceptibility to toxic chemicals, animals also suffer the consequences of exposure. It’s not just household cleaning products that cause problems either. Traditional air fresheners, while being touted as making your home smell clean and fresh, are actually at the top of the household toxin list. In your efforts subdue that “pet” smell from your home, you’re actually emitting volatile chemicals and an endless list of potential health problems including irritating the mucous membranes and breathing passages.

Because of a pets close proximity to potentially toxic chemicals, there’s an increased risk for them to have a reaction. When they inhale, the chemicals can pass into the animal’s bloodstream, eventually having an effect on every organ it comes into contact with. This is especially true when a pet comes into contact with the toxic synthetic perfumes that make up air fresheners which causes their bodies to react, often displaying allergy like symptoms that include eye and nasal discharge and sneezing. Itching is another sign of a reaction to toxic chemicals. Worse, many of these chemicals are known to cause brain damage and cancer in humans and the same is said to be possible with animals. Addition health concerns include liver problems, can affect digestion, and other symptoms can occur including musculoskeletal and immune system problems. There is also an increased chance of suffering from chronic diseases as well as the development of organ failure.

Prevention is Key

To help make your home toxin-free, switch all of your household cleaning products to those that are made of all-natural ingredients. You can also improve air quality in your home by using ingredients you probably already have in your home like baking soda. Baking soda is a great example of an all natural product that has multiple uses that you’ve probably already heard about. If you have carpeting in your home, baking soda does as a good job as over the counter synthetic, scent-filled (and toxic) carpet deodorizers. Adding a few houseplants can also help freshen and clean up the air as well.

If you prefer having a fragrance, choose non-toxic, household cleaners and air fresheners. Pure Care will soon be releasing their own all-natural air fresheners, infused with beautiful scents, courtesy of Mother Nature.



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