Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Dogs?

Are Scented Candle Fumes Toxic to Dogs?

By Colette Jenkins

Who of us haven’t indulged in the pleasure of scented candles in the home? It can add a romantic ambiance to a meal and of course make bath time more relaxing and luxurious. Many of us use candles to mask the smell of our wet dogs! Now that the Christmas season is coming we are more likely to light them for decoration, but did you know there are 100% natural alternatives?

When we light a candle, whether it’s for the aroma, decoration or mood, we sometimes forget to think about the effect it will have on our dogs.

Of course, we have to make sure that it is out of reach and out of harm’s way, so it won’t be knocked over by an enthusiastic pooch and their waggy tail. However, many of us would never have thought that things like the wick, the wax and the aroma could have an effect – we certainly didn’t! The candle you are lighting could be emitting toxins into the air we all breath going into our bodies and bloodstream. Or just like us humans, our dog could be allergic to the scent.

The candle industry does not have to list the ingredients they have used, as they are not regulated. Who knows what toxins could be emitted once the candle has been lit?

Here are a few of the ingredients that it’s suggested we should avoid:

Lead: The wick could have a metal core, if this core contains lead this could affect the central nervous system. The symptoms to look out for include chomping at the jaws, circling and incoordination, although sometimes this could be normal behaviour for our lovely pets.

Paraffin wax: This wax is made from petroleum waste, best not look into what that is, that if inhaled could cause nausea and headaches, it also releases carcinogens when burned.

Acetaldehyde, Formaldehyde and Acrolein: these reduce the air quality we breathe.

Benzene: this is a known carcinogen and could be inhaled from the burning soot in a candle.

Toluene: this could also be inhaled from the soot and is dangerous to the central nervous system.

Artificial scents and colours should also be avoided.

Our Top 4 Dog Friendly Candle Alternatives.

The best candles to buy that have little, to no effect on us and the dogs, need to be made from beeswax, natural soy or vegetable based wax. The wick should be 100% natural unbleached cotton, or paper and definitely lead free. If the candle is scented make sure it is scented with essential oils.

There are alternatives, such as an electric candle or essential oils as long as they are diluted before being diffused. We love 100% natural candles though they are the perfect dog friendly alternative. With a longer burn time and stronger scents here are 4 of our favourites.

You know this candles going to be good when it has a Pug on the front! All of the 100% natural Flamingo Candles are poured in the lovely Wales.

Their candles are made with EcoSoya soy wax made from good, old-fashioned, earth grown soybeans. They are guaranteed to contain no petroleum, paraffin or beeswax products. They also have cotton wicks, which are made of 100% natural fibres with a burn time of up to 50 hours!

This fun Christmas candle as a gorgeous baby blue pug face wearing metallic silver antlers. It’s scented with a fresh, cool mint with cassis, plum and dry lemon with strawberry, apple and raspberry. They have a wide range of Christmas candles which are sold at bargain prices!

Tussie Mussie candles are made from natural and essential oils which fill the room with scents with a relaxing blend of lavender, rosemary and bergamot. Lavendar we know is good for calming dogs who are excitable or nervous. 

Made from natural soy wax, you can expect this candle to burn for up to 30 hours and it comes with a silver lid to keep the candle free from dust. This candle rivals big household candle names such as Jo Malone – as it’s fragrance fills up the whole the room.

Even the fussiest candle lovers will find it hard to any faults with this beautiful three-wick candle from award-winning wellbeing brand Neom.

Neom are dedicated to creating 100% natural fragrances with true aroma-therapeutic benefits and inspiring women to lead healthier, more balanced lives. This one is Neom’s bestselling scent, a complex blend of 24 relaxing oils including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. Perfect for your pooch to chill out to throughout the Christmas festivities.

This divine fragrance hits you as soon as you open the box and intensifies when it’s lit, scenting the whole house. It also has 50 hours of burn time – amazing!

These 100% natural candles are made to help you unwind and get a good nights sleep. 

This candle smells so heavenly you will feel any stress slip away from the first whiff. It’s made from soy wax using high-grade braided cotton wicks and burns for up to 50 hours. This dreamy candle is scented with pure lavender, roman chamomile and bergamot essential oils – all of which again we know will relax our pooch to no end.

They also produce travel candles with a 22-hour burn time, perfect for our candle lovers and four legged furiends who are always on the go.

Whatever aroma you use around your dog make sure it is a dog friendly one. Happy dog – happy home!

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