• kathy a white kathy a white
    September 30, 2010
    Can pet urine cause breathing problems?
    kathy a white kathy a white
    September 30, 2010

    Our old dog has been urinating on the carpet off and on for years. I shampoo it, but can't help thinking it's bad for my health. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, and my husband has COPD. I'd like to tear out the carpet for our health but he says pet urine doesn't affect his breathing. Can it?

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    October 04, 2010
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    October 04, 2010

    Yes, the odor from dog urine can be hazardous to your health – particulary to your husband's health since he has COPD. Asthma sufferers are also at risk from pet urine--particularly cat urine, which is high in ammonia. Of course, it may also not seriously impact his health, particularly if the house is well ventilated and you've cleaned up the urine well. It's difficult to get older and to live with an older pet, but it sounds like you're doing all you can to keep everyone healthy.

     

    I hope your husband is able to satisfy your lust for a new floor and also keep well. Here's more information on how to keep his breathing as trouble-free as possible.

     

    6 Tips to Better Breathing with COPD  

     

    Best Coughing Techniques for COPD Patients

     

     

  • Cort
    Health Guide
    September 30, 2010
    Cort
    Health Guide
    September 30, 2010

    I don't have any idea if dog urine can cause mold but people with fibromyalgia can be to sensitive odors. (I would think your husband smoking might be more problematic for your breathing difficulties, if he smokes in the house). The cheapest thing might be to get your dog to an animal trainer who can, if the dog doesn't have some illness, to stop them from urinating in the house. Then you can tear up the carpet - which is often full of mold and dust not to mention some substances which are noxious to some people - and have a cleaner, healthier house without risk to your floors.


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  • Christina October 05, 2010
    Christina
    October 05, 2010

    yes i would say so are there is chemicals in Urine,

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