Fragrances, including perfumes and colognes, can be harmful to cats and dogs if they are ingested or come into contact with their skin. Cats and dogs have a much more sensitive sense of smell than humans, and certain fragrances can irritate their eyes, skin, and respiratory system.
Ingestion of fragrances can cause stomach and intestinal upset, vomiting, and even aspiration pneumonia. If your pet ingests a fragrance, it’s important to contact your veterinarian immediately. Additionally, certain fragrances can cause allergic reactions in pets, leading to skin irritation, itching and redness.
It’s best to avoid using fragrances around your pets, or to use them sparingly and only in well-ventilated areas. Keep fragrances out of reach of your pets, and be sure to wipe down any areas where you have applied fragrance to remove any residue that might be harmful to your pets. If you notice any signs of discomfort or illness in your pet after using a fragrance, contact your veterinarian immediately.
It’s always important to keep in mind that pets have a different physiology than humans, so what is safe for us, may not be for them, so it’s always better to be cautious and watch out for their well-being.