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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Katherine   Garland tx, International

5/29/2016 9:18:30 PM

If they swallow it is it dangerous!! Please help !?!?!?

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jack   Villanova, Pennsylvania

3/4/2016 3:52:45 PM

My dog doesn't like baths and is starting to get a little ripe. Can I spray his gizzard with a little febreeze? I once opened his chest up with a set of car keys when he ate my iPhone. The vet said it was a smart call on my
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Dave   Atlanta, Georgia

5/3/2015 1:33:06 PM

Fabreeze is safe to use on your furniture and carpeting. However, your pet could be allergic to it - just as they could be to various foods or other environmental contacts, be careful and keep it in mind if you use it and notice your pet has a rash, just like you would the kind of food you give them and such.

However, when you fabreeze the air you give the possibility of fabreeze landing on your dogs food/water/toys or just general inhalation. If there's even a mild reaction then inhalation is probably the worst thing and you'll see Brett's problem. If given enough time for the fabreeze to evaporate off the food or toys then it's probably going to be fine, but if they eat it or play with it shortly after then they might have some response to it. Likewise, I'd imagine getting it in their water can increase the chance that they might respond to it. But again, a response does not mean they will die! Fabreeze has been thoroughly tested, the only "opinions" on this are misinformed ones.

Just don't be an idiot and spray it on them or in anything that goes in their mouth. Barring an unlikely skin reaction, you're fine to use it around your pets (except

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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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