Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1999]
Please do not use Febreze anywhere near your pets! If you have used it near your pets or on their bedding, clean the bedding/area thoroughly to remove the Febreze, and move the animals away from the area.
Please pass this information on to other pet owners/caretakers,before more animals are injured or killed, and find a safer method of odor control.
Febreze: This product is marketed as something that removes odors without covering them up. However, there is a strong smell to it, but worse than that, Febreze contains zinc chloride. Many birds have already been killed after this product was used in any proximity to them whatsoever, and some dogs have also died. Other dogs have become ill without dying. This product is marketed as safe around animals, and people have sprayed their dogs' bedding to remove the doggy smell, only to discover later on that their dog became deathly ill from it. There is one dog who lost most of her hair after being accidentally sprayed with some Febreze, though this particular incident also had a second factor involved (diet change).The Febreze bottle, as of December, 1998, has a picture on the back of a dog, which leads some people to believe it's safe to use in their bedding.
Origins: In 1999, along came an anonymous warning about Procter & Gamble's Febreze (rhymes with "sea breeze") Fabric Refresher product imploring consumers to avoid it because it's supposedly harmful to household pets. The evidence offered is that several (also anonymous) pet owners allegedly had animals that became seriously ill or died after Febreze had been introduced into their households. But even if these unfortunate, anonymous pet owners did indeed lose their dogs after using Febreze, as the message claims,
The National Animal Poison Control Center, an organization under the aegis of the ASPCA, tells us that they have no evidence that Febreze, when used according to label instructions, is harmful to pets. In fact, they say it's "now approved by the ASPCA for safe use around cats and dogs." Given the choice between believing an anonymous
Febreze Fabric Spray has been safely used in 40 million pet owning homes around the world.
Febreze was tested for nearly 5 years by scientists, doctors, safety experts and veterinarians, and all have come to the same conclusion: Febreze is safe to use around pets.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the nation's leading authority on pet safety, has investigated these rumors and issued the following statement:
"Based on a thorough review by veterinary toxicologists at The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, together with other outside experts, The ASPCA considers Febreze safe in households with dogs and cats when used as directed."
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Kavanaugh, Lee Hill. "E-mail Warnings on Pet Threat Called False." The Kansas City Star. 19 April 1999 (p. B2).