Earlier this week, I was working with one of my in-home massage clients. I have a sensitive nose, with a keen sense of smell. In fact, years ago I had my nose ‘calibrated’ by the Lincoln University odour lab and they told me that I was in the top 10% of people in terms of picking up scents in the air.
Of course, this is nothing in comparison to dogs. Depending on which source you believe, dogs have a sense of smell that is at least 10,000 times more powerful than our own; and possibly as high as 100,000 times.
And during this visit, I was picking up on an odour that was slightly chemical and slightly peppery.
I also noticed that the elderly dog I was massaging had a runny nose which is unusual for him.
And then I spotted one of these automatic inspect spray dispensers on the wall (which the owner confirmed was new):
We had a bit of a chat about the unit and she agreed that she would either remove it or locate it somewhere outside the living area where her dog spends a lot of time.
Before you introduce anything with a scent into your home, you need to consider your dog’s keen sense of smell.
I’m also wary of the automatic air fresheners that look like this for the same reason:
These devices introduce chemical substances into your home and I’ve seen many dogs who are sensitive to the smells.
Beyond that, the environmentalist in me is also concerned about the health of everyone in the household. Is it a good idea to be inhaling these chemicals and also having them settle on your furnishings, clothing and other surfaces?
My advice is to think twice about installing these items in your home and to consider the impact on your dog.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand