Animals and people can survive through thick and thin; even in rugged weather conditions, people and animals alike find ways to thrive. Even so, living in challenging environmental conditions does have consequences, and poor air quality is one of these factors. Here, you can learn more about the importance of air quality and pet health and what you can do about it.
Does Air Quality Affect Pet Health?
The air’s clarity, or lack thereof, does affect humans and animals, even if you do not feel it at first. Some cases are more obvious, such as trying to breathe in a kitchen with smoky burnt food. However, breathing air with a decent percentage of harsh, airborne chemicals, smoke, or other fumes inhibits and pollutes our lungs. It affects animals in the same way, and even more so the smaller and more sensitive the animal is. The concrete results of exposure to poor air quality could be respiratory problems, cancer, heart problems, and a weakened immune system.
Outdoor Air Quality and Pet Health Tips
Monitor Air Quality Index Regularly
If you live in an area with higher air pollution, such as a major city, make it a habit to check your local air quality index before spending extensive time outdoors. If it is poor or worse, it is better to stay indoors or adventure outside the city.
Stay Indoors and Stay Active
Sometimes, it might be better just to stay indoors temporarily, until the worst has passed. While you do, make sure you are keeping your pet active and exercised. Games with your pet should engage them both physically and mentally.
Keep Away from Freshly Sprayed Lawns & Fields
Spring and late fall are normal times for homeowners to spray their lawns with pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals do influence air quality, emitting VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and HAPs (hazardous air pollutants.) You don’t have to stay inside, but it is best to keep your pets away from newly-sprayed lawns.
Indoor Air Quality and Pet Health Tips
Purify the Air
Indoor air quality can also suffer even without a poor outdoor air quality alert, but purifying your indoor air will help if there is one. Two ways to purify your indoor air are to use a portable air purifier and to change your HVAC system’s air filter often.
Pet dander, dirt, and dust float through the air and can cause odors. Vacuum weekly, and use a HEPA vacuum for the most intense results.
Treat Your Pet
Does your pet suffer from pollen allergies? Bathing your pet with the right shampoo and conditioner can alleviate itchy skin. Another option is dietary supplements; be sure to ask your veterinarian for the best guidance.
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