Are Parabens Harmful to Dogs?

by Eleanor McKenzie Google
    Keep your pooch allergy-free by avoiding parabens in pet products.

    Keep your pooch allergy-free by avoiding parabens in pet products.

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    Parabens are a cheap and effective preservative widely used by the cosmetics industry to prolong product shelf life and stop creams and shampoos from developing fungal growth. Since a 2004 study suggested a possible relation between parabens and human breast cancer, the debate over the dangers of parabens in human and pet products has continued, but reached no conclusion.

    Parabens in Pooch Products

    In view of the various scientific studies on parabens, many pup owners are opting to use parabens-free products just to be on the safe side. Parabens cause an allergic skin reaction in some pups and people. Primarily, you will find the preservatives in dog shampoos. Parabens also mimic estrogen, and a 1980s study on parabens sensitivity in dogs suggested that its usage on female pooches drives males wild and stimulates arousal when the ladies are not in estrus.
    Check your pet pooch's beauty products for methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl parabens. The FDA states that the small amounts present in products don't present a health risk to pets or people, but if you want to keep your pet parabens-free, change to one of the many parabens-free products.

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    About the Author

    Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.

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