Vicks Chemical Company first marketed a liniment rub as a Magic Croup Salve then rebranded in 1912 as the Vaporub we’re most familiar with today.
Fast forward to 1926, and the invention of the Vaporizer, an innovation manufactured by Max Katzman founder of Kaz USA, then Kaz USA in years to come licensing it to the Vicks’s name.
In 1995 the Vicks Vaporizer V200 was born.
What Vicks Vaporsteam Does
A series of vaporizers were produced over the years by Vicks, and now we can incorporate a product called Vicks Vaposteam into this or any other vaporizer unit to boost the effects of the steam output.
The Vaposteam product moisturizes dry breathing passages, temporarily relieving minor bronchial and throat irritations from conditions like colds or flu.
Much in the way the Vicks Vaporub does but with the combined effort of steam.
The Ingredients In The Vaporsteam Product
Vicks Vaporsteam’s active ingredient is camphor, an organic compound extracted from the camphor tree, but today comes from turpentine oil.
The camphor, followed by inactive ingredients such as alcohol, silicone, cedar leaf oil, Poloxamer 124, eucalyptus oil, nutmeg oil, and Laventh-7.
Most of these inactive ingredients are either binding or moisturizing agents.
What’s Good For Owner Is Not Necessarily Good For Pet
As furbaby owners, we hate to see them suffer. When we’re experiencing congestion or irritated sinuses, we know what makes us feel better.
We want the same relief for our pets and might think what is safe for us is safe for them.
Some pet parents swear the Vicks Vaposteam in conjunction with a vaporizer used in small increments helps their dog or cat breath better.
Unofficial studies sited that it supplied the same temporary relief of similar ailments as humans.
Is Vicks Vaposteam Safe For Pets?
Its ingredients, while entirely safe for humans, are where we need to have a concern about the Vaposteam additive for humidifiers.
First off, camphor has dangerous effects, such as seizures in dogs.
In cats, camphor poisoning was known to occur, which produced nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Although, these instances of adverse effects happened when Vicks was ingested or applied directly to the pet’s skin and fur.
Other ingredients in Vicks Vaposteam are known to cause implications in pets such as nutmeg oil, which is a neurotoxin.
Alternatives To Vicks Vaposteam Additive
Both sides can agree that a simple or advanced humidifier or ionic without an additive is a safe and effective way for pets to moisten and clear the air of particles that cause disruptions in your pet’s breathing.
Another way is a small drop of essential oil, such as Melrose, that’s deemed okay for pets to provide respiratory relief.
If oral consumption is preferred research, different spices and herbs added to the pet’s diet helps elevate respiratory issues.