I found this article on the internet whilst doing research and just had to share it with you all . . .                                                                                       “Animal shelters are stressful environments for dogs, and so anything that helps them to be less stressed is beneficial.”

"~ * ~ Scent enrichment may work well for shelter Dogs who have showed a recordable reduction in Vocalisations and increased movement when exposed to cloths scented with Ginger, Coconut, Vanilla and Valerian plus it was found that Dogs exposed to Coconut and Ginger slept more.
Enrichment means adding things to the animal’s environment that are designed to improve welfare, for example by allowing the animal to 'Engage in Species-Specific Behaviour', 'Encourage Use of the Environment for Exercise', 'Encourage Learning', and 'Decrease Boredom and Abnormal Behaviour'. Since shelter Dogs spend a large part of their day in kennels, so enrichment is vital to improve their welfare.    The experiment used the smells of Coconut, Vanilla, Ginger and Valerian because they are safe in various forms such as Oil & Incense, plus they have been found to be beneficial for most other animals, such as  Rabbits, Cats and Rats".

"~ * ~ Cloths were prepared an hour in advance by adding a few drops of Aroma Oils, and then kept in a zip-lock bag until they were used.  The experimenter wore gloves to ensure they did not accidentally transfer any other scents to the cloths. Dogs were given half an hour to get used to the item, and then observed for a two-hour period, the latter half of which was during the shelter’s opening hours for visitors. This was in the middle of the day when feeding and exercise did not happen, so the dogs' behaviour would not be affected. When the scented cloths were present, Dogs Vocalized Less, and since Barking, Whining etc. can be signs of Stress, this suggests they were Calmer. More time was spent Resting and Less Time Moving when the scents were present. Dogs spent more time sleeping, these results suggest the scent enrichment from Ginger and Coconut scents helped the Dogs to be less Stressed."       This information makes you think? - It did me . . . . .

pot pourri

 

Diffusion – either by Machine or Oil Burner -                                                           Please see our article on ‘Essential Oils for our Pets.’

Potpourri -
The scent of dry Potpourri, though not immediately harmful to Cats, can be quite irritating to their sensitive noses. But if any Pets nibbles on some of the Potpourri, it could cause 'Digestive Upset' or even a 'Digestive Obstruction', which could require surgery to remove it from their Stomach or Intestines.

Liquid potpourri or Reed Diffuser Liquid -                                                              

Diffusion – either by Machine or Oil Burner -                                                           Please see our article on ‘Essential Oils for our Pets.’

Potpourri -
The scent of dry Potpourri, though not immediately harmful to Cats, can be quite irritating to their sensitive noses. But if any Pets nibbles on some of the Potpourri, it could cause 'Digestive Upset' or even a 'Digestive Obstruction', which could require surgery to remove it from their Stomach or Intestines.

Liquid potpourri or Reed Diffuser Liquid -                          

Incense ~                                                                                                                 We have produced a more detailed article to cover these products “Is Incense bad for our pets?”

Scented Candles ~                                                                                                      Many people will burn Scented Candles to help "set the mood," especially around the Festive Holidays. Unfortunately, like all candles, even the Scented varieties can pose a burn risk for your pets and a fire risk for your home and family. Candles don't need to be banished from your home as long as they contain Natural ingredients but it's certainly a good idea to Never Leave A Lit Candle and your pets alone together in the same room. Consider using Flameless Candles, which will also eliminate the Candle Smoke that can irritate a Cat or Dog's Respiratory system, leading to worsening of any existing Asthma, Bronchitis, Tracheal (windpipe) problems, or other conditions of their Respiratory system.

FACT: Paraffin Wax used to be Petrochemicals from the Crude Oil production process!!

Air Fresheners including Aerosol, Pump Spray and plug-ins ~
Though they may help your home smell good, Room Sprays and Deodorizers can also trigger an Asthma or Coughing Attack in certain Pets. Read the ingredients on products before you buy them, if there are Chemicals or items you are not sure of, think is it worth the risk to the health of your Pet!! There are Natural Alternatives – see our “Home Remedies” article.

Other products which we use to provide a Scent or Aroma to our Environment are endless from Cleaning Products to Personal Hygiene items, if we simply try to replace our Chemical Based, Toxic and Synthetic Fragrant Products with Natural, Pure and Organic based not only would we improve Our Health but that of Our Pets as well as Our World in which we live.

At Scented and more, we are committed to offer only the best Natural and Pure Merchandise in the form of Incense, Oils, Perfumes or Waxes and we endeavour to provide Detailed, Accurate and Informative Articles to help others who may wish to Use Less Harmful Alternative Products in the future for themselves and their furry, feathered friends.