Are Candles Bad for Dogs?
There‘s no arguing that we would do anything for our pets. Keeping them happy, healthy, and safe are top priorities for any good pet owner.
While there’s a long list of household items that our four legged friends can’t have or get into, you might be wondering whether or not candles are safe for dogs to be around.
The short answer? Most candles are safe to burn while animals are in your house. However, there are a few exceptions and signs you should look out for if you’re concerned about your pet.
Here’s our go-to guide for making sure your pets are safe while enjoying your favorite candle.
If you’re an avid candle user (which we hope you are!) then you likely know that certain waxes are better than others. You’ll want to avoid any candles made with paraffin wax — both for you and your pet. Paraffin wax can emit carcinogens when burned, and no one wants to be exposed to that.
Soy, coconut, and beeswax are all safer options for both humans and animals. When choosing a candle to bring into your home, look for one that’s made with a safe wax. Don’t be fooled by some brands as they sometimes mix a clean wax with paraffin wax.
Be Mindful of Scent
Some candles are scented with essential oils, and while you might think these options are cleaner, they can actually be harmful to your pets.
Just like humans, some dogs are more sensitive to scents than others. If your pet is on the more sensitive end, burning a candle that’s made with essential oils can make them more susceptible to allergies. It can also exacerbate symptoms like wheezing and coughing, breathing issues, or asthma.
If your canine is a skilled trouble maker, and he often gets into things around the house, it’s especially important to avoid candles made with essential oils. When dogs consume essential oils, it can lead to a variety of issues, including stomach upset, liver and nervous system damage, and low heart rate — all symptoms you never want your sidekick to experience.
Certain essential oils are worse than others. Some of the top offenders are peppermint, pine, tea tree, wintergreen, cinnamon, citrus, and birch. Always be sure to check your candle’s label before burning it — this way both you and your pet will have peace of mind.
No one knows your dog better than you do. If your pet is acting off in any way or seems to be feeling under the weather, it’s best to check with your veterinarian to see what the cause might be. And as always, be sure to keep any lit candles out of reach from your pets.