Air fresheners that are used in many homes can be an important cause of frequent sneezing and coughing in dogs. Because of their keen sense of smell, dogs can be extremely sensitive to air fresheners and other strong-smelling products. Pet owners should take note that what might smell good to them might be too strong and even harmful to their dogs. With millions of scent-analyzing cells lining a dog’s nasal passages, it is no wonder that they can easily be overwhelmed by strong scents.
Another important thing about air fresheners is that many of these products have ingredients that are potentially harmful. Most contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants which can irritate sensitive tissues of the nasal passages of dogs. There have been cases when dogs suffered hypersensitivity reactions to air fresheners.
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