Can Pet Accidents Irritate Your Lungs?

Pet accidents

If you or someone you know owns a pet that has “accidents,” or worse, likes to “mark” the inside of their home, you understand first-hand how strong pet odors can become. But are they more than just a smelly annoyance, or could they be bad for your health?

All pet odors pose a risk

Animals were designed to live, urinate, and defecate outdoors. In enclosed homes, pet accidents cannot be purified by air, water, or sunlight, contaminating the air around them – and your body.

There is no “worst offender”

Bird and rodent cages, cat boxes, and dog accidents can all contaminate the air you breathe indoors. When bacteria in the air mix with moist areas contaminated with pet accidents inside your home, chemical gases are released. While odors and chemicals may vary depending on the diet and metabolism of the pet, all pet odors are bad for your health when inhaled in sufficient concentration or for a prolonged period of time.

What symptoms can pet accidents cause?

The sharp smell of pet accidents, particularly pet urine, is indeed an irritant to the lungs. Inhalation of even low concentrations (50ppm - OSHA’s exposure threshold limit) can cause rapid eye and skin irritation. Inhalation of large or concentrated quantities can cause…

•Burning of the nose, throat, and respiratory tract.

•Wet cough and shortness of breath.

•Irritation of the eyes or skin.

•Feelings of fatigue and lightheadedness.


•Asthma (or worsening of asthma symptoms).

•Respiratory infections.

•With prolonged exposure: Skin burns and permanent eye damage (including blindness).

•Children and those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

How can I clean it up?

Pet urine can become embedded in furniture, carpeting, baseboards – any item in your home, including the structure. If it’s not quickly and properly addressed, it can result in health hazards. Unfortunately, DIY solutions only temporarily mask pet accident odors. Professional cleaning is necessary for the safe, effective removal of pet accidents and the health of your family.

Stop hiding

Don’t suffer embarrassment and health problems over pet accident odors any longer. Trust in the professionals at Rainbow International®. Our cleaning and deodorizing experts offer a scientific approach to returning your indoor air quality to healthy levels, neutralizing pet odors – not covering them up. We do what it takes for a thorough cleaning, up to and including carpet backing and subfloors.

Don’t get out. Get it out. Return your indoor air quality to safe levels by removing pet accidents. Contact us for an efficient, thorough removal of your pet stain and odor problems today.