Your Pet Might be Suffering from Bad Air
You love your furry friend like a member of the family, but one aspect of your pet’s life that you may not have considered is air quality. Particularly with indoor pets who spend their entire lives inside the house, toxic air can have a major impact on their health. According to the EPA, the air inside your home may be as much as five times worse than the outside air. In humans, poor indoor air quality can cause dizziness, irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches and fatigue. Respiratory issues can develop over time, while existing conditions often worsen. Indoor pets don’t have the option of stepping outside on a nice day or opening a window when it gets too stuffy, so you must anticipate their needs.
Pets are not immune
While birds are especially sensitive to poor air quality, all your animals can experience the negative effects from bad air. Certain types of pollutants commonly found indoors, such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide, are heavier than air. This means that they settle toward the floor where your four-legged companion spends most of their time while you might not notice anything amiss. These toxic gases can also become trapped in pet enclosures and cages.
As a result, your pet might be experiencing discomfort that they can’t communicate to you, such as dry throat, chest pain or increased heart rate. Other symptoms that you may have noticed could include coughing, difficulty breathing, nasal discharge, fatigue and watery eyes. While these symptoms may point to a serious condition, they could be stemming from the very air they’re breathing. Any new or worsening symptoms should be brought to your vet’s attention, but there are steps you can take to make your home a happier place for your pets.
What can you do?
Changing some of your behaviors to make your pet’s life safer and happier is one part of the equation. Keep a close eye on the kinds of cleaning chemicals, air fresheners or deodorizers you use around the house. You should avoid smoking indoors and be mindful of activities that may increase the pollutants in the air. Painting, disturbing accumulated dust, or remodeling can increase air pollutants in your home.
Change your air filters in accordance with manufacturer instructions, and don’t forget other filters like the one in your vacuum.
The other part of the equation is taking active steps to clean the air. Humidifiers or dehumidifiers, air ventilators, UV lamps, air cleaners, and air purification equipment can have immediate benefits for both you and your pets. Dowd Mechanical offers installation of all types of equipment to improve your home’s air quality.
A licensed Bensalem indoor air quality technician can test your air quality to provide customized suggestions for your home. Technicians are Trane certified and knowledgeable on the potential health hazards of bad air for both you and your animals.