Thanks to all of you who spread the word about Fragrance Free Day! This is gaining momentum each year we organize this day to spread the word about how fragrances can harm your and your pets health.
Special thanks to our panelists, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and author of the upcoming book, The Uncomfortable Vet (http://www.patrickmahaney.com) and to Dr. Steven Ziman for taking the time to answer questions.
In case any of you were not able to join us for the panet discussion, I have recapped the Q&A from Fragrance Free Day, August 11, 2011:
Question 1 from @alexisel: I Stopped using harsh cleaners in my house, but could those chemicals still be in my carpets/furniture/etc.?
Answer: Yes- You need to use a professional, who will use a 3 step process (clean, rinse, and extract). Make sure they use a biodegradable
Question 2 from @thespottedduck: Can fragrances cause illnesses like asthma in my pets? #fragrancefreeday
Answer: Fragrances can cause a variety of allergic conditions in #pets, including ocular, respiratory & others #fragrancefreeday
Question 3 from @maureensharib: Are fragrances bad for animals?
Answer: Yes, inhaled, ingested, or contact allergies can occur from #pets coming into contact with gragrances #Fragrancereeday
Question 4 from @jeanBNickerson: Which household cleaning products should a new mom be especially cautious of?
Answer: Fragranced cleaning products (Detergent, hand soaps, baby wipes) all come in direct contact with baby’s skin! Steve Ziman says- Most important may be where you use those products. Best tip is to avoid contact with baby as much as possible.
Question 5 from @missjrf: Are there any non-toxic and/ or all-natural perfumes? Or essential oils that can be used as perfume for women?#fragrancefreeday
Answer: There are but be careful, essential oils that limonene & lavendar oil are natural but can be dangerous from #cats #fragrancefreeday. Also, without ventilation, they react with other compounds in the air & can form potential toxins.
Question 6 from @jordan_feeny: What are some good resources for consumers to educate themselves about chemical fragrances? fragrancefreeday
Answer: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (www.safecosmetics.org) & PollutedPets (www.ewg.org/reports) are great resources! #fragrancefreeday
Questions to the panel spurred Dr. Patrick to tweet the following tips!
#1: Avoid cleaning products not deemd #petsafe, as your #dog and #cat ingests while grooming coat/paws.
#2: Use fans & other ventilation systems to circulate household air instead of relying on spray refresheners
#3: #pets’ eyes, nose, throat, & other systems are susceptible to harsh effects of #secondhandfragrance
Because we did not have time to answer any of the questions in more depth, Dr. Patrick and I will be following up on ths blog with more information in response to the questions posed…so look out for more blogs from Dr. Patrick and me around the questions posed on Fragrance Free Day, August 11,2011!