Can Paint Smell Hurt Dogs?

by Carlye Jones
    Even if your dog stays out of the paint, the fumes can cause problems.

    Even if your dog stays out of the paint, the fumes can cause problems.

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    With a nose that is more than 10,000 times as perceptive to scent than your own, your dog can become irritated by smells that you might not notice. Strong fumes, such as those released by fresh paint, can cause health problems in some dogs.


    Fumes created by solvents in paint can irritate your dog's respiratory tract as well as his eyes and stomach. In some cases the irritation may be mild, such as watery eyes and nausea, but in other cases it may be serious. For example, if your dog's immune system is weak, or if the fumes are especially strong, he may develop pneumonia. Even if you are using low-emission paint, it's best to keep your dog out of the room while painting. If he shows signs of illness, such as coughing and hacking after being exposed to paint fumes, contact your veterinarian.

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    About the Author

    Carlye Jones is a journalist, writer, photographer, novelist and artisan jeweler with more than 20 years of experience. She enjoys sharing her expertise on home improvements, photography, crafting, business and travel. Her work has appeared both in print and on numerous websites.