Is Burning Incense Safe for Pets?

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Incense is an extremely popular way to experience a fragrant aroma throughout one’s home or temple. The tranquil feeling some of these scents provide can leave us in a state of relaxation and bliss.

It’s common-sense that incense requires flame and requires certain safety precautions during use.

A question I am often asked about incense is whether it is safe to burn around pets, such as cats or dogs.

Generally, burning most types of incense around your pets is safe, but it’s important to take your pet’s unique health and body into consideration.

Air quality is an important health factor for your animals health and well-being. Unfortunately, many household pets, particularly cats, can be sensitive to smoke.

If you burn incense around your pets, it is very important to keep the door open so that they can escape the smoke if they choose or need to. Don’t keep your pet locked up in a room with incense burning. Alternatively, you could keep the window open and allow a draft of fresh air into the room.

Additionally, some specific fragrances or essential oils which may be applied to incense may be harmful to pets such as cats or dogs. It’s hard to go into specifics because there are so many different ingredients used in incense, so it’s best to simply keep your incense stored out of your beloved pet’s reach. If they ingest the incense, it may harm them, so take care to make sure they are not able to ingest the material.

I hope you found this article helpful.

This article was updated on 07/31/2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is incense safe for birds?

No. You should never burn incense around birds. Birds are extremely sensitive to air pollution and you should never burn anything around them.

Is incense bad for cats?

It’s best to avoid burning incense around your pets.

Is incense bad for dogs?

It’s best to avoid burning incense around your pets.

One thought on “Is Burning Incense Safe for Pets?

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    Andrew says:

    Any incense may not always be beneficial for our pets. A specific flavor may have a negative effect on the olfactory system of a cat or dog

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