Members of the veterinary community are currently up in arms over the release of a luxury “paw-fume” for dogs. There are other fragrances and scents for dogs already, but this one will cost at least $100 per bottle and has not undergone proper testing to ensure its safety for pets.
The perfume, to be released this week, claims to mask all hints of the dreaded “wet dog” smell and will also ‘make your dog attractive to other dogs’. Over the past couple of years, we have seen everything from cube haircuts to colored dye for fur, and I cannot help but think enough is enough.
Dog owners tend to want the very best for their pups, but is a luxury scent absolutely necessary? Furthermore, considering it has not been tested properly, I am left to wonder about its toxicity, potential skin reactions, pH balance, or eye irritation. It seems rather irresponsible to use such a product on our dogs simply because we want them to smell more pleasant.
As a PhD in veterinary medical science, I have to concur that the risk is greater than any potential benefits offered. Is it worth your dog going blind if your spritz goes the wrong direction? If someone is not interested in smelling “dog” on their dog, they may not be ready to own a dog. Most in the veterinary field would agree that adding any unnecessary chemicals to your pup’s life is just that – unnecessary.
The advertising campaign attempts to appeal to dog owners by suggesting your dog should have a perfume just as expensive as yours and here they are ‘actually’ trying to romanticize this as though it were a perfume for humans. What’s next, toilets?
In reality, the best thing you can do for a “smelly” dog is give them a bath.