Ammonia is a health risk to your horses.
The accumulation of ammonia in horse stalls and barns is more than an “odor nuisance”. Studies have concluded that even low levels of ammonia stress a horse’s upper respiratory airway, placing them at risk to pneumonia and heaves (an asthma-like condition). Foals are especially vulnerable to these respiratory ailments. Sweet PDZ absorbs and neutralizes ammonia and odors and enables your equine companions to breathe fresh and safe air in the friendly surroundings of their stall.
To learn more about the ill effects of ammonia on horses, we have included the links to a few articles covering this subject. They are:
Ammonia is the Enemy:
A discussion of ammonia’s impact on our equine friends and how to alleviate the problem.
The affects of ammonia on horses’ health.
Why should I not use Lime?
BARN LIME (Also referred to as, Ag Lime or Dairy Lime) – Chemically known as, Calcium Carbonate. It is not caustic, toxic, harmful, etc., BUT…… Barn Lime has essentially no ability to take up ammonia. If you dump enough barn lime on a urine spot you may succeed in covering up the ammonia and odors (same is true if you use dirt/soil), however the ammonia remains and will eventually fill the environment again.
HYDRATED LIME – Chemically known as, Calcium Hydroxide Ca(OH)2. It is very caustic, toxic and hazardous to handle & breathe. Hydrated lime has a very limited ability to essentially "cover-up" ammonia odor for a short period of time. And in the long run can actually increase ammonia. Why? Because urine contains an unstable molecule (NH2). Lime and bacteria force the NH2 molecule to pick up another hydrogen atom. NH2 becomes HH3, which is ammonia gas. Wally confirmed that this is true. He explained in more layman's terms: Ammonia evolution takes place in a "basic" (a high pH) environment. Hydrated lime's composition is "basic", therefore contributing to the evolution of ammonia.