Pampering our fur babies matters. Devoted owners would do anything to ensure their ‘best friend’ is content, and more importantly, healthy. However, there is one aspect that many pet owners overlook – the air quality inside their home. According to the World Health Organization, 4.3 million people die from indoor air pollution per year. Granted, many of these people live in developing countries where the practice of cooking over open fires, for example, is common, but even in the US indoor, air pollution has become a significant problem. Let’s take a look at indoor air pollution and how it can affect you and your furry friends.
Indoor Air Pollution: Causes and Impact
Indoor air pollution can impact your health significantly. Short term effects include irritated eyes and sinuses and similar symptoms to allergies or the common cold. If you live or work in an environment with low air quality long term however, the results can be more serious including chronic and dangerous conditions. Although the main causes of indoor air pollution are smoke (including tobacco), household products and poor ventilation, unfortunately pets can cause indoor air pollution as well. This is mostly due to pet dander. Dander is similar to humans but for pets and millions of animal owners are allergic to it without even realizing. To limit the harm, ensure your home is adequately ventilated and cleaned regularly and keep pets away from beds and soft furnishings.