Can Dog Urine In The Home Make You Sick?


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James Parnell Profile
James Parnell answered
Can dog urine in your home make you sick?
Yes, it certainly can. Even healthy pets will have foul-smelling urine which could be detrimental to your health, and could cause the cultivation of harmful bacteria in your home.

It can be very unhealthy for a person to be constantly exposed to the smell of dog urine.

  • Dog urine smells foul and this is because of the ammonia present in it. Ammonia is an irritant to the lungs and, in large amounts, will make you feel ill.
  • The ammonia present in dog urine is especially dangerous to children. This is because their respiratory system is still developing, and is therefore more vulnerable to infection.
  • Unless dog urine is thoroughly removed and cleaned from a carpet or other surface, this place will become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. This can cause you to pick up an infection.
  • Dog urine can also carry disease which can easily be transferred to humans, and constant exposure to the odor of dog urine will not do a person's mental health any good either.
Darren Perkins Profile
Darren Perkins answered
Yes, it absolutely can make you sick. It depends upon how heavily saturated the carpet and padding is with urine. I lived in a house with a room mate whose two weiner dogs peed all over the carpet. The smell was nauseating and I developed severe pruritis that I had to take medication to control. After moving out the itching stopped, but it was a sickening ordeal.

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