Do you use essential oils in your home?
The answer is yes. You may not even realize it, but every day as you go through your routine, you are using either synthetic or natural essential oils. They are in your shampoo and conditioner, your handsoap, your laundry detergent, your all-purpose cleaner, scented candles, air freshener…the list goes on. Essential oils give these products the pleasant fragrance that you enjoy.
Here’s the rub…in order to save cost, companies typically use synthetic fragrances rather than pure plant-based essential oils to create these scents. The ingredients used to create these synthetic fragrances are man-made, either having been chemically created (usually from petroleum) or chemically modified from their original plant-based structure. Fragrances derived from petrochemicals can be harmful to both human and pet health. Chemicals found in man-made fragrances include phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors, and benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and toluene, which are known carcinogens. Pets can be particularly sensitive to these petrochemicals and are constantly exposed in the home both by breathing them in and by absorbing them through their paw pads.
So what can you do? There are numerous great ways to replace products containing synthetic essential oils with products that contain 100% pure plant-based essential oils. Contact Dr. Duffner today to discuss ways of decreasing your pet’s exposure to petrochemicals in the home. Dr. Duffner will talk to you about specific product replacement options and how these will benefit your pet.