If you have recently adopted one of the many stunningly beautiful varieties of Cockatoos and are enjoying the bird tremendously, congratulations. But if each time you spend more than 5 minutes in close proximity to the bird, you find it hard to breathe, you’ve adopted a problem that you hadn’t counted on. Is it possible that the bird is causing these symptoms, and if so, what can be done?
This is not that uncommon a reaction for people who adopt powder down birds such as Cockatoos, African Greys, Cockatiels and Amazons. In addition to the dander that all birds create, Cockatoos also create a white powder that helps their wings stay healthy.
The protein in the dander and dust often cause people with asthma, allergic asthma, and allergies to become symptomatic with wheezing, shortness of breath, itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. Studies have shown that there are more people who react to birds this way than to any other type of pet.
So what can be done? You can literally clear the air. And the best technology for doing that is HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) filtration. This type of filtration is designed to efficiently eliminate high volumes of airborne particles. Eliminating these particulates will greatly reduce the allergens in the air and make visiting with your bird not only possible but enjoyable.
To be designated as a HEPA filter, it must be able to eliminate 99,997 out of every 10,000 airborne particulates with 99.97% accuracy. The particle size that is able to eliminate is.3 microns or greater, with a micron being defined as one millionth of a meter.
One of the most common ways for bacteria and viruses to spread is by attaching to airborne particulates making them available to be inhaled. And even though many types of airborne germs are less than.3 microns in size, by eliminating the particle you also get rid of the germs. And the most refreshing part about this technology is that there are no harmful side effects produced when the air is cleaned. The only by product is fresh clean air for all.
Eliminating the dust and dander is also good for your bird. Because birds’ airways are so small, they are easy to clog. And once they are clogged disease and infection often follow. And often once you are aware that your pet has a problem, it’s too for them to be saved.
HEPA filtration can greatly reduce the airborne allergens that are triggering your respiratory problems, and make your air the healthiest it can be for you and your bird.