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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 kathy a white, Community Member, asks

Q: Does Urine Soaked Carpet Cause Breathing Difficulties?

our dog has been urinating on the carpet for years.  I shampoo it, but can't help thinking it's bad for my health.  I have fibromyalgia and severe osteoarthritis. husband has copd and smokes.  any facts to support my tearing out the carpet would be appreciated since my hubby thinks we can't afford new floors

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Cort, Health Guide
9/30/10 4:05pm

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.

Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
10/ 4/10 8:18am

Yes, the odor from dog urine can be hazardous to your health – particulary to your husband's health since he has copd. 


Here is an article on the subject from The Daily Puppy:  Is the smell of dog urine in a house bad for you?


The Website has an answer that they say was professionally researched.  Here is part of the answer: "Excessive exposure to pet urine odors that have become embedded in carpeting, baseboards, furniture or other areas can cause health hazards, especially if the person has allergies or a compromised immune system. Studies have shown the levels of ammonia in cat urine can cause vomiting, respiratory problems as well as eye and skin irritation."  (Read more: Is urine odor in the home dangerous to the health? | Answerbag


Hope this helps!

Christina, Community Member
10/ 5/10 5:11pm

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

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By kathy a white, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/29/13, First Published: 09/29/10