Did you that approximately 15% of the population is allergic to dogs or cats? For many pet owners, the drawl back of allergies doesn’t outweigh the benefits of animal companionship. Many that are allergic to their pets suffer from itchy, watery eyes and nose, along with sneezing, coughing, itchy skin and a sore throat.

Most people are not actually allergic to their pets, but to the proteins found in their dander, urine and saliva. While you can develop an allergic response to any animal, most people suffer with allergies to cats. Contrary to popular belief, however, fur lengthen and type will not prevent of affect allergies.

There are a few precautions you can take to improve your environment and reduce the effects of allergens.

  • Keeping your bedroom pet free can help to ensure you have a restful night’s sleep. Hypoallergenic pillows and bedding can also help to reduce the number of allergens in the room.
  • Trade in your old vacuum for a model that is equipped with a disposable electrostatic bag or a HEPA filter.
  • Dusting the furniture and walls weekly will reduce the number of allergens in your house.
  • If you have a litter box, clean it frequently. A fragrance free, low dust, clumping litter is a good choice.
  • An air purifier with a HEPA filter can help to reduce the allergens found in indoor air.
  • Cleaning cages and washing pet bedding will help to reduce dander buildup. When selecting bedding and crates, select options that can be easily cleaned.

Bathing your pet weekly can also help to remove the allergens that accumulate in the fur. Talk with your veterinarian to find a shampoo that will remove dander without drying or irritating the skin. Brushing your pet frequently will also rid them of any loose fur and decrease shedding.

While eliminating pets from your surroundings can help to elevate the problem, it isn’t always necessary. Many symptoms of allergies come from a culmination of several factors. Dust mites, mold and pollen are all common home allergens. In many cases, eliminating the other allergens in your home you may be able to keep your furry friend in your home.

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