Febreze Safe for Dogs When Used Correctly

Contrary to rumors circulating, the fabric refresher is not toxic to dogs.


Q. Someone who works in the pet-care industry told me that using Febreze in your house to freshen couches, carpets, and dog beds can harm your dog. Is this true? I’m not using it a lot, but I want to be sure I’m not putting my dog at risk by trying to keep my house fresh.

A. There are many myths floating around, and the one regarding Febreze has caused a lot of angst among dog owners. You will be happy to know that when used as directed, Febreze is completely safe, and will allow you to neutralize the doggie smell that can plague furniture. I use Febreze liberally on the couch where my dog Raindog spends most of her time lounging.
Just as with other household products, there’s always the remote possibility of an allergic reaction, but most likely this would involve some mild facial swelling or eye redness.


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Julie Sampson   derby, Armed Forces Americas

3/16/2015 3:46:49 AM

UNSAFE!!!!! My Lurcher has had a horrific skin reaction after I stupidly used Fabreeze on the carpet in his sleeping area. He developed a rash similar to a flea reaction one (red, itchy skin) almost immediately. After trips to the vet for meds (antibiotics and painkillers) and after going through all diet items and plant exposure, nothing was the cause. Except this. I have now boiled all his bedding and cleaned the carpet with boiling water. The rash is starting to disappear since these changes. The antibiotics were not reducing the rash at all.

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Jules   Miami, Florida

2/23/2015 2:20:19 PM

I'm still confused as to whether to use the product or not, too many different opinions.

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Robin   Willowbrook, Illinois

9/9/2014 5:46:15 PM

Never had a problem putting it on my dogs. My Golden Retriever, Chicolate Lab and mixed breed Shepard have been fine. Considering you should not put it on a puppy, why would anyone think it is safe to put it on a Chihuahua? I also think it's silly to put it in a tunnel of an agility course. It's a closed in area that's not properly

Never had a problem using it as directed. Common sense is a great tool, utilize it!

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Brett   tampa, Florida

11/28/2013 8:24:28 AM

After spraying Febreze air effects my 3year old chihuahua just had upper respiratory and was very lethargicand is better now after fresh air unbelievable don't believe the warning labels on the back of the can that it's safe for dogs and cats because I do not believe this don't play with your dog's life when using this product

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