Pets and birds and your indoor climate
Buildings are insulated better and better to save energy. Substances like radon, moisture, CO2 and emission gases coming from a new floor covering, furniture or recently painted walls or carpentry become an increasing problem for our indoor climate; in combination with mite, mould and cigarette smoke they cause an unhealthy situation. Besides, pets, especially birds, influence indoor climate and, thus, health.
One 1 of 10 people suffer from pet allergy, caused by inhaling hair, feathers or scales of pets. A cat allergy causes the most serious reactions. Usually, dog-, guinea pig- and rabbit allergy are less serious. Cows and especially horses can also cause an allergy. Birds such as pigeons, canaries, parrots or parakeets also cause allergies.
Pigeon-, canary fanciers and parrot lovers realize that keeping birds isn’t just a nice hobby; it also brings risks. Birds often cause an allergic reaction. A well-known example is the bird fancier’s lung, is a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused by bird droppings. Parrot disease is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Chlamydophila psittaci (formerly Chlamydia psittaci) and contracted from parrots, such as macaws, cockatiels and budgerigars, and pigeons, sparrows, ducks, hens, gulls and many other species of bird. People having intensive contact with birds, such as bird breeders, employees of pet shops and poultry-keepers run the risk of getting infected, but contact with just one single parakeet in a cage might already cause an infection. Sometimes the disease doesn’t show any symptoms. Usually, however, the symptoms vary from a slight cold, to flu (prolonged fever, shivery, headache, muscular pain), serious pneumonia and even complications such as liver problems or inflammation of the heart muscle.
Ionic air purifiers with UV-filter
The best way, of course, is to avoid direct contact with the pet that causes the allergy. An ionic air purifier with UV-filter might be a solution if you have allergic guests now and then. The UV-filter kills the germs and reduces the risk of infection. Progenion are also a perfect solution for pet shops.