Human health issues related to air pollution like respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems, and lung cancer are well-documented. The World Health Organization has specific guidelines outlined to help stem this growing epidemic. Seven million people a year die prematurely from air pollution because 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits. If you live in Hong Kong, you can see the smog that blankets the city. What isn’t talked about a lot is the effect air pollution has on our furry companions.

New study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine links respiratory diseases in cats and dogs to poor indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality is often 2-5x worse than outdoor air because the same four walls that keep our pets safe, also trap harmful air pollutants. Volatile organic compounds from common household cleaning supplies, hair makeup products linger in the air and affect our canine and feline friends especially hard. As you may guess, indoor pets like cats are especially vulnerable to poor indoor air quality since owners almost never open their window.

We provide our furry companions the best food, clean water, so why not purified air too? Just food for thought.