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Are reed diffusers safe around dogs?

Reed diffusers and dogs

Reed diffusers have become popular for ridding the home of pesky dog smells, but are they safe to use around your dog? It's important to understand the potential risks and how to use reed diffusers safely in a home with pups.

What's a reed diffuser?

A reed diffuser is a passive diffuser, holding a scented fragrance solution made from essential oils drawn up through reeds with small pores acting as natural wicks. As the solution rises within the reeds, it reaches its exposed tips, releasing a gentle, constant scent that fills the room. The continuous diffusing process means the fragrance lingers in the room for an extended period, neutralising those doggy smells. They keep your home smelling amazing for months without needing to replace them.

Active diffusers like electric diffusers and scented candles disperse scent more aggressively. Electric diffusers spray particles of oils into the air which pets can ingest, and candles require a flame to heat the scent, making them riskier options to have in your home.

Place diffusers out of reach
Dogs are naturally curious and might be attracted to the scent of a reed diffuser. To prevent accidental ingestion or contact with the oil, place your diffusers in locations that are out of your dog's reach such as a high shelf or inaccessible room. This not only prevents your dog from knocking over the diffuser but also ensures that they are not directly inhaling the concentrated scents at nose level.

Ventilate your home regularly
Good ventilation is key to dispersing any potentially harmful scents from reed diffusers. Ensure that the room where the diffuser is placed has adequate airflow. Open windows and doors regularly to allow fresh air to circulate. This practice helps dilute any strong scents, making the environment safer and more comfortable for your dog.

Monitor your dog for signs of distress or allergies
Even if you take precautions, it’s essential to observe your dog for any signs of discomfort when using reed diffusers. If you notice a change in your dog's behaviour, remove the diffuser immediately and ventilate the area. Consult your veterinarian promptly to ensure your dog receives the appropriate care.

Reed diffusers can be a great way to rid your home of smells, but it’s important to use them responsibly when you have a dog. By following the above tips and tricks, you can enjoy a beautifully scented home without compromising your dog's safety.


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