June marks 10 years since PetAirapy, LLC’s founding as a manufacturer of non-toxic ultraviolet germicidal (UVGI or UV) sanitizing technology for the animal care industry. PetAirapy was the result of founder Annette Uda’s quest to find an effective, non-toxic solution for her Shih Tzu, Tasha, who suffered for years from environmental allergies including sores, ear infections, loss of hair and more. When steroids, medicated shampoos and antibiotics failed to deliver lasting relief, Uda was prompted by her veterinarian to figure out a way to control the source of the environmental allergies. Her extensive research and passion to help Tasha led Uda to UVGI and its ability to purify the air and surfaces of not only of allergens but also disease-causing pathogens
“After I witnessed, and my veterinarian confirmed, Tasha’s environmental allergies were virtually eliminated in a short period of time, I knew I needed to bring this UVGI technology to the animal care industry,” Uda said. “While this type of UV is completely safe and has been used in hospital environments for more than 100 years, PetAirapy recognizes that environments where animals are housed together are not the same as human conditions; in fact, the conditions in animal environments pose a higher risk for disease outbreaks, which is why we focus our efforts exclusively on the animal care industry.”
Since its founding in June 2008, PetAirapy has grown exponentially. Today, the company’s UVGI air purification systems clean and sanitize the air and surfaces in animal care facilities across the U.S. and internationally, as well as in hundreds of homes, helping prevent and eliminate airborne pathogens, such as canine influenza (dog flu), feline calicivirus, canine parvovirus, canine distemper, canine (kennel) cough, as well as allergens. Testing by universities and independent EPA-approved laboratories of PetAirapy’s propriety sizing method confirms a greater than 99 percent kill rate of animal and zoonotic pathogens. PetAirapy also helps naturally eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odors without the need for harsh chemicals made with synthetic fragrance that may make the air quality worse by simply masking odors.
“Today, 10 years later, even though Tasha is no longer with me, I’m more determined than ever to create safe, healthy, disease and allergen-free environments for pet boarding facilities, shelters, dog daycares, pet homes, anywhere animals are housed together,” Uda said. “She was small, but her legacy is mighty, and I look forward to the next 10 years of helping more animals.”