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A Helping Hand for our Furry Friends

Woman sitting on couch with dog in her lap and Winix L200 humidifier on side table

As a reader of this blog, you know we’ve discussed the many benefits of using a humidifier in your home. Advantages range from aiding in the recovery of a cold, to discouraging the presence of bacteria in the air, to even preventing your walls and floors from cracking. Given the numerous ways that humidifiers help us, we were interested to see how these helpful units can benefit other members of the family…our fur family.

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), “67% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 84.9 million homes.” With so many animal lovers across the nation, you’d likely agree that we all want what’s best for our animals. The APPA also states that a whopping $30.2 billion will be spent on veterinary care this year alone! Here’s how a humidifier can help your pet family members and perhaps keep those vet bills at bay.

Just like you, our pets can suffer from the negative effects of dry air. When our home lacks essential moisture, our pets may display symptoms of dry skin and irritated eyes. The signs include frequent itching, the presence of flaking or dander, pacing, and sensitivity when you go to pet them. Increasing the humidity level in your home eases these ailments for both you and your animals. It’s recommended that the humidity range to keep your pets comfortable is between 40 and 60 percent. Ironically, this is the same recommended humidity range for humans and plants!

Another added benefit of humidifier use is if your beloved pet suffers from allergies. You’ve more than likely experienced seasonal allergies and you’re well aware it can leave you feeling sick as a dog. Humidity counteracts many allergy related symptoms in both humans and animals in the same way. Added moisture lessens congestion and allows their airways to open, resulting in a pet that breathes easier.

Your pets are a part of your family and their well-being is often top priority. The use of a humidifier is proven to keep your furry friends healthier and more comfortable. This allows you and your family to love and enjoy the best version of your pets.