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​Keep Your Pets, Ditch the Allergies

Keep Your Pets, Ditch the Allergies

Pets can bring a lot of joy and happiness to our lives, but
unfortunately, they can also bring a lot of allergens. For those who suffer
from allergies, or have family members who do, it can be tough to deal with
having a dog or cat in the home. Not only does pet hair pose a problem, but
cats and dogs also shed something called dander. Dander is essentially microscopic
flakes of skin, which our furry friends shed naturally. It can cause big
problems for those who suffer from allergies. Rather than giving up your
animals, here are some tips for how you can keep your pets, and ditch the
allergies.

Consider Keeping Pets
Outdoors

This is definitely not an option for everyone, but some pet
owners may be okay with keeping their cats or dogs outdoors for much of the
day. Some cats may even prefer to be left outside most of the time, only coming
in to eat or sleep. If you have a fenced in yard, you can allow your dog to
enjoy time outdoors during the day when the weather is nice. If someone in the
home is really struggling with allergies or breathing issues, this may be the
best way to keep everyone happy and healthy. Just make sure that it’s a good
arrangement for your animal, as well.

Clean Thoroughly and Frequently

For those who own cats or dogs, you know that pet hairs can
be found in even the most remote corners of the home, no matter how much you
vacuum. In order to reduce the amount that will be blowing and drifting around
the house, you will want to do a thorough cleaning at least a few times each
month. Take the pets out of the home, whether that means having someone get
them out to a park, or simply putting them out in the yard, so that you can
vacuum, sweep, and dust everywhere. Use a lint roller on upholstered furniture,
and change and wash all linens. It can be a tough task to keep up with the pet
hair and dander, but dedicate a few hours to cleaning each week.

Maintain Your HVAC
System

Your home’s HVAC system has an air filter that you need to
change out often. When you have cats or dogs in the house, it is especially
important that you check the air filter frequently and change it out when
needed. The air filter catches the airborne dirt, dust mites, and allergens
inside of the home. Consider having your ducts professionally cleaned out every
few years. It may be worth doing it annually if any household members suffer
from asthma or other breathing problems.

Visit the Doctor

Doctors who specialize in caring for patients suffering from
allergies may be able to provide a prescription medication and treatment plan.
The last thing that you want to do is give up your pet, so make sure to visit
the doctor and see what relief they can offer. There are many prescriptions and
over the counter medications available today for allergies. This, combined with
proper cleaning and care in the home, should help to relieve those allergy
issues related to pets.