• kathy a white kathy a white
    September 29, 2010
    Does Urine Soaked Carpet Cause Breathing Difficulties?
    kathy a white kathy a white
    September 29, 2010

    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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  • 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. 

     

    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 AnswerBag.com 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 http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1933409#ixzz11OIdxuu2)

     

    Hope this helps!

  • 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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