Can You Put Perfume On A Dog

As you are enjoying the scent of your newly bought perfume, your dog comes looking for you and one thought comes to your mind, “Can I put the perfume on my dog?”.

In short, the answer is “No!”. 

Perfumes are known to be a common cause of skin irritation and allergic reactions in dogs.

And there are many reasons why you should NOT do this.

Let’s find out!

You should refrain from putting perfume on your dog because his nostrils will be overwhelmed by the perfume and that could lead him to the risk of respiratory infection, poisoning (when he licks his coat which is stained with perfume) or rolling over foul smelling stuff hoping to mask off that scent.

His Nostrils Overwhelmed By The Perfume

Dogs possess a scent that is many times stronger than humans.

That is why breeds such as the German Shepherd are often deployed as police dogs to track for drugs and criminals.

If you’re going to apply perfume on your dog, that scent is going to be too strong and irritate his olfactory senses.

Imagine your dog having that strong dominating smell lingering on his coat for hours, that is going to make him feel uncomfortable.

Guess what he will do next?

Risk Of Poisoning (Result Of Licking It)

He will start licking his furs, hoping to remove the scent.

That could potentially lead him to poisoning as he is going to lick the perfume (which contains ethanol) off his fur.

Risk of Respiratory Irritation

The strong scent from the perfume can irritate your dog’s respiratory system. 

When used at high concentrations, perfumes may cause a reaction in your dog similar to an asthma attack. 

So, to be on the safe side, you should avoid applying perfume to the face or body of your dog, even if it is on a collar, as he could be sensitive to this fragrance.

He Hates The Scent And Will Mask It

Your dog will find his means to mask off that perfume scent.

You would see him rolling on some foul smelling stuff that has a much stronger odor, such as dead animals (eg. rats or birds) or soggy mud in an attempt to get rid of that perfume on his body.

That is why sometimes, when you bathe your dog with a new shampoo that comes with a strong scent, you will find him running to the garden, rolling over the mud right after the bath.

He is telling you that he dislikes that new scent and prefers his own unique scent.

So avoid making him feel uncomfortable with any new scent on his body.

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Skin Allergic Caused By Perfume

Not all perfumes work for you and there will be some that are going to “bring” you allergic conditions.

This is what is going to happen to your dog when you put that perfume on his coat.

He is going to get some kind of allergic reaction. 

You see, skin allergy is a reaction of the immune system of your dog against a substance it encounters.

The substances causing this reaction may be allergens like pollen, dander, dust mites, the foods he eats or “stuff” such as perfume that you had applied on his coat.

Some common signs of allergies include itchy skin, swollen eyelids, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is important for you as a pet owner to understand these signs of skin allergies and know how to prevent them from happening.

By avoiding any perfume on your dog’s coat, this could save you tons of trouble.

You don’t want to get into a situation where your dog’s health is jeopardized due to a skin allergy. 

And the best way to avoid this is to use only unscented products on your dog. 

This is probably why your vet recommends that you use ONLY unscented shampoo, soaps, lotions or sprays on your dog to avoid triggering any allergic symptoms.

Lost Of His Appetite (Perfume Scent Dull The Aroma Of Food)

You may be wondering why perfume has to do with your dog’s appetite?

You see, when your dog smells a food he likes, he starts salivating, and he will continue doing so until he has eaten it all up.

But if the scent of his food is overpowered by the strong perfume on his coat, he may no longer find the food appealing.

This will have an impact on his desire for food and can even result in a dangerous condition called ‘Pica’.

When pica occurs, your dog eats non-food items such as soap, clay, gravel or other non-edible objects and this can lead to serious health problems, including gastrointestinal tract blockages and even death.

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