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What is Benzyl Benzoate?

February 26, 2016

What is Benzyl Benzoate?

We recently had someone visit the 4-Legger website and search for "benzyl benzoate". We had zero articles in the search results - an easy fix! 

If someone is searching for benzyl benzoate it is likely for one of two reasons: 

  1. They are interested in synthetic fragrance ingredients (Unlikely but possible)
  2. They may have been told that their dog has mange (also called dog scabies) and are looking at benzyl benzoate for treatment (more likely)

Benzyl benzoate  is a synthetic compound that is produced from benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol. The European Union has restricted its use in fragrances and cosmetics and classified it as a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen.  It has also been linked to endocrine disruption and is an environmental toxin to wildlife.

Suffice to say, we would recommend avoiding exposure to benzyl benzoate. 

Let's look at the two different types of mange (Sarcoptic and Demodectic) which may be associated with using a product like benzyl benzoate. 

In the case of sarcoptic mange, a crab like creature called a mite that is smaller than you can see with your eye, burrows into your dog's skin and causes them to itch. Sarcoptic mange usually begins on the ears or elbows and spreads along the legs. As it spreads and your dog scratches - inflaming the situation - there is a distinctive foul odor. Often this is diagnosed with a skin scraping or when the owner has red itchy dots on their arms or anywhere their clothes are up against their skin like a belt or bra area. 

Demodectic mange is a lot different than sarcoptic mange. This mite is considered a normal inhabitant of dogs' skin and is "dormant" until an immune deficiency allows it to proliferate. You may first notice bald patches of hair that become scaly. The bald patches tend to heal on their own as the animal matures. Since this mange involves an immune deficiency, treatment often involves a change in diet with herbal supplements. 

You should NOT treat mites yourself. Take your dog to the vet and take yourself to your doctor to get treatment options. You may be given a toxic dip as a treatment but it will be one that is a single exposure. Trying out medicated or toxic treatments that may or may not work unnecessarily exposes you to toxins and in the end will likely cost you more money, increase your dog's discomfort and leave you frustrated.

Once your dog's skin is mite free - do them and yourself a favor and switch to a true organic dog shampoo that is safe and non-toxic 4-Legger certified organic dog shampoo with lemongrass and aloe is formulated to be extra gentle on itchy sensitive skin with the beneficial properties of lemongrass !

Lemongrass is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. Lemongrass is a natural astringent (cleanser) with toning qualities which help stimulate blood circulation and tone the skin. Lemongrass is also a natural pest deterrent - for lice, fleas, and ticks.

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