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Allergies are a common issue for both pets and humans. While environmental, food, and flea and tick allergies are well-known, it's important to consider indoor chemicals that can also trigger allergies and lead to illness.

It might be unexpected to learn that indoor components can also be a source of allergies and sickness. New furniture, carpets, and paints can release gases containing chemicals that can persist for a long time. These chemicals, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are emitted through a process known as gassing. These allergens and chemicals have the potential to induce allergies and asthma in both pets and humans.

Products such as air fresheners, scented candles, plug-ins, and cleaning agents can pose a potential danger as well. They may include substances like VOCs, phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and undisclosed chemicals categorized as "trade secrets." Previously, Pine-Sol had a formula with relatively natural components like Pine Oil, but starting from 2014, it has been altered to include a mixture chemicals and synthetic fragrances.

In todays world, individuals tend to stay indoors and often keep their windows shut. This means that our pets also spend a significant amount of time in these indoor environments.

So, what actions can we take?

  • Choose natural cleaning products.

  • Select pet safe materials, avoiding those treated with chemicals.

  • Use naturally scented candles or quality essential oils.

  • Ventilate. Open the windows, let in some fresh air.

  • Read the labels.

  • Use an air purifier.

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