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Dangers of Residual Pet Urine

Dangers of Residual Pet Urine


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that pet urine is a biohazard waste that could cause severe problems if not dealt with correctly and on time.

Sometimes, cats and dogs end up urinating around the house, and this could be for many reasons. Whatever the reason may be, if pet urine is left unattended for too long, it can give rise to several environmental and health issues.

Why do Pets Urinate In Inappropriate Places?

Medical Reasons

You may want to take your pet to the vet in case they have any urinary tract issues that could be causing them to urinate in the wrong place. Bladder stones and idiopathic cystitis is also common in cats and dogs, which could cause them to pee around your house.

Behavioral Reasons

If there are no health issues, your pet may be peeing due to behavioral problems. This behavior could occur if the pet is marking its territory or experiencing excitement or stress.

Dangers of Residual Pet Urine

If your pet has urinated at an inappropriate place, you should clean up immediately to avoid any of the significant health risks that exposure to pet urine could pose. If not cleaned quickly, pet urine can get absorbed in different pieces of furniture in your home as well as carpeting and other areas.

Ammonia Odor

The most apparent effect of pet urine is the smell of ammonia. All urine contains ammonia, and its concentration in pet urine is especially high. Furthermore, if the urine is not cleaned immediately and thoroughly, the water in the urine starts to evaporate, leaving behind a concentrated solution of ammonia that gives off fumes.

When you breathe in these ammonia fumes, not only does it smell bad, but it can cause some severe problems as well. If your pet has urinated in a place with reduced ventilation such as a room or even in the house, it could trigger issues like asthma, pneumonia, and in some cases, even suffocation.

Inhaling ammonia fumes can cause lightheadedness and fainting, making it difficult to breathe normally because of irritated airways.

Exposure to ammonia fumes can also cause eye and skin irritation, and if this is prolonged, it can even cause permanent eye damage and skin burns.

Children are usually at the most risk of problems that arise from ammonia inhalation. This is because they have a lower body weight than adults do.

Problems caused by ammonia inhalation include:

·         Damage to the airways. This includes tracheal burns, alveolar edema, nasopharyngeal, and bronchiolar edema, which could result in breathing problems and respiratory fatigue.

·         Cough phlegm, which can add to breathing problems

·         Respiratory infections

Growth of Bacteria and Microorganisms

The bacteria that grow in pet urine stains are not particularly dangerous to regular, healthy people. However, getting rid of these stains can be quite bothersome. For people with healthy immune systems, these bacteria can cause problems like sinusitis, allergies, and airway inflammation. In people with weaker immune systems, such as children or older people, these bacteria can cause noteworthy health problems.

Growth of Molds

When it comes to the growth of molds, one or two accidents that can be cleaned up quickly and easily are not often a cause for concern. However, if pet urine stains are not cleaned up immediately and have soaked into carpeting or mattresses, the lingering smell could cause pets to repeat urination in such places.

The composition of urine is such that some components can attract moisture, which can cause numerous kinds of molds growing under the surface of your carpet. Some of these include dangerous varieties of penicillium, which can cause milder respiratory problems. Others, such as aspergillus, can have long-term effects on your lungs with extended exposure.

Tempts Re-Offense

Animals’ sense of smell is much more enhanced than humans’. Even if you think you’ve cleaned up any accidents, the smell may remain and cause pets to pee again in the same spot or nearby. This can cause problems of having to clean up often and can provide a feeding ground for germs and bacteria.

How to Deal With the Problem

After cleaning after your pet, you want to remove the pet odor and ammonia in the air quickly. Sometimes, if the problem isn’t persistent, you can use DIY methods, but other times, you may have to get urine removal help.

Train Your Pets

Of course, you can’t completely solve the problem unless you train your pets not to urinate in inappropriate places. However, sometimes your pet is unable to control their urine and may cause accidents. In those cases, you will have to keep an eye out and make sure to be regular in your cleanups.

Use Enzymatic Cleaners

These will break down the molecules of the urine to remove the pet odor. These should be used as quickly as possible to get rid of lasting stains or smells effectively.

Dry It Out

Urine odor is much stronger when the surface is damp, which is not only irritable to your nose but also attracts bacteria faster. If your pet has peed on any fabric or soft surface like a carpet, after cleaning it up, make sure to dry them out.

Find Old Stains

Old stains you missed out on not only spread the pet odor but can also cause infections by attracting harmful microorganisms. Find older stains and clean them out.

Hire Professional Help

No matter how many DIY hacks you try, you can always miss something or the other. By hiring professionals for urine removal help, you can not only ensure the removal of all urine stains and smells but also the removal of harmful microorganisms and bacteria from the air and other surfaces that were not apparent.


Bio-One has services to help rid of biohazard waste, including expert pet urine removal. Their experts have the skills and safety equipment for the job, so you can be sure that the risk of infections and diseases will be removed completely. Contact them today!