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November 16, 2016 , By BlabberCat

Protect your furry friends from pollution

Protect your furry friends from pollution

Rising pollution levels across the country is not only causing distress to people but also to man’s best friend.  Animals in urban areas are at particular risk of smog and exhaust pollutants, while suburban animals are exposed to the toxins sprayed as insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Similar to humans, animals are affected air pollution and may suffer from diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, thyroid disorders, and respiratory diseases as a result.

While we cannot easily stop air pollution, we can do our part to improve overall air quality. Be aware about the air quality and choose healthy, safe products to use in your home and yard. Following simple actions can help you reduce your pet’s exposure to air pollution.

Shield your indoor air

  • Change your home’s air filter regularly
  • Ventilate your home allowing outside air to circulate through your windows
  • Avoid smoking indoor
  • Vacuum frequently to remove pet hair and other indoor air pollutants
  • Try to use less powerful and safer household cleaners.

Protect your pet from polluted air outside

  • Do your part to improve overall air quality taking the bus or carpooling
  • Avoid taking out or exercising your pets in high-traffic areas. Choose spaces away from roadways such as parks or residential areas
  • Use less toxic alternatives to chemical pesticides. Find out more about growing a healthy, no-waste lawn and garden

In addition, the most natural and environment-friendly option could be to bring home those plants that are known to purify the air and are pet friendly too.

Here are few houseplants which can be considered to combat indoor air pollution:

Spider plant: This plant is particularly known for performing photosynthesis under minimal light. It is great in absorbing toxins such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, gasoline and styrene from the air.

Areca Palm: Helps to remove toluene and xylene from the air and can help to increase overall air purification. It is effective for those who may have asthma or require effective air purification.

Money Plant: This plant helps to reduce the toxins benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air. It can also help to increase overall air quality and purification.

Boston Fern: the plan helps removing formaldehyde from the air and is said to act as a natural type of air humidifier. This plant can also remove xylene and toluene. It is said to be one of the best houseplants for air purification.

According to Dr. KG Umesh, Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, South Asia, Mars India, “By taking some basic precautions and paying attention to the needs of your four-legged friend, responsible pet owners can help their pets make it through the aggravate air pollution.”

A modest care and a little empathy can make a huge difference for furry friends around us. Let us not forget about the life of those who cannot express. We can create a safe and happy environment for our pest and other animals understand their sufferings too.

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