How to Reduce Allergies

The following are some suggestions and recommendations that can help reduce the amount of exposure you have with pet allergens. These are general rules that apply to all pets in general.

  • Make sure to immediately wash your hands and arms after having had direct contact with your pet. If your pet has licked your skin, make sure to wash this off as well. Many people are allergic to their animal's saliva.
  • Always comb, brush and groom your furry companion at least once a week in order to remove any dander and or any dead hair or feathers that contain allergens.
  • Bathe and cleanse your pet regularly. This varies depending on what type of pet you have. In the case of dogs, for example, you will not need to bathe it that often but you will need to groom it and brush it more often than in the case of other animals. Keep in mind that bathing does not reduce the amount of allergens and that the outcome is only temporary.
  • Some people opt to using an allergy relief solution once a week instead of bathing their pet constantly. In the case of some pets this is a better option such as is the case of cats that are not that crazy about baths in the first place. These special products are used to help reduce allergic reactions in humans and usually need to be applied once a week on the pet. These products help to cleanse the skin and hair of the pet of dander, saliva and urine that accumulates on them, and they also help avoid future accumulations.
  • If you own a rodents, bird, rabbit, or any small furry animal, make sure to thoroughly clean their cages at least once a week so as to avoid a buildup of dander, dried urine and salivary secretions, mold and bacteria. When these allergens dry and accumulate they very quickly become airborne and cause problems. Make sure that the person in charge of cleaning the pet's cage is not allergic to these things in the first place though. The best place to clean your pet's cage is outside in the sun if possible.
  • If you are going to handle, carry, or cuddle your pet, try to wear a towel or something over your lap. Remember that allergens rub off onto clothing. Put something washable under your pet when grooming it so that the loose hair and fur does not get stuck on the furniture etc.
  • Try to immediately wash the clothes or towels you have used while handling or grooming your pet. Avoid spreading the allergens throughout your house, and avoid going into your bedroom until you have taken care of it.
  • It's best if a person that is not allergic to pets takes care of the cleaning out of cages and grooming etc. The ideal place to do these things is outside if possible. The last thing you want is dead hair and dander floating around the house. If it is not possible to have a non-allergic person take care of this business, the allergic person should wear a protective mask while cleaning or grooming their pet. Remember to also wear this mask when cleaning the house since these allergens will automatically become airborne during these activities.
  • Try to avoid at all cost coming into direct contact with soiled litter boxes, rodent cages etc.
  • If you notice that your pet has a specific skin problem, such as if it is too oily, or too flaky, ask your veterinarian to recommend a balanced diet and to provide skin supplements for your pet. A well balanced diet can greatly help minimize shedding and hair loss in many cases. Cats and dogs many times suffer from flaky and dry skin when they live in homes that are not well ventilated.
  • It's very important to clean the hair that pets leave on the furniture, around the house, and even hair left outside. Remember that hair collects dust, pollen as well as other irritants therefore cleaning them up is necessary. Another factor to keep in mind is that cats and dogs often go out and pick up pollens on their fur and hair. In order to avoid problems clean your pet off with a moist rag before letting it back inside the house to avoid unwanted allergens from coming into your home.
  • Be careful with the type of clothing you wear around a pet. Textured fabrics usually collect pet allergens easily as well as wool sweaters. If you come into contact with a cat or dog while wearing this type of clothing be sure to wash your clothes immediately afterwards.
  • People who have problems with pet allergens should not allow their pets to sleep in their bedrooms. Allowing this is calling for a disaster. You will certainly not want your cat or dog to climb onto your bedding because your bed will become impregnated with allergens. Don't put any type of pets in your bedroom whether it is a cat, dog, pets in cages or anything. As difficult as it may be for you, you should not allow your pet inside your room at all. Experts have pointed out that allergy sufferers that breathe fresh air for a period of eight to ten hours each night, will probably endure more exposure to allergenic matter during the day.
  • Use special protective coverings for your bedding. Dust mites and pet allergens tend to accumulate in large quantities on blankets, pillows and mattresses.
  • Vacuum and keep the area in your pet sleeps in regularly. Wash your pets bedding with hot water and use the dryer to eliminate those pet allergens and other pollens that may have come into the house in the pet's hair. Make sure to also wash the collars, dog sweaters, clothing etc. Train your pets to sleep in their own beds and keep them as far away from your bedroom as you can.
  • Keep all of your pet's toys clean by regularly washing them with hot water and mild soap to get rid of the saliva on them. Rinse well and dry with a clean rag.
  • Try to keep your pet away from the living room area, especially if it has carpets or rugs. Unfortunately drapes and upholstery pick up animal dander and allergens and with time it builds up. A lot of cats and dogs have a favorite couch or chair they like to sit in, if this is your pet's case, try putting something over it such as a plastic cover or a sheet.
  • There are also different types of rollers that can help to pick up the hair left by pets. There are also dry cleaning sponges that clean without water, as well as an endless amount of products that come in different sizes that were made to help make your life easier, so use them.
  • If you have a cat at home, it is suggested to regularly wash your walls and surfaces. This is highly suggested because cat allergen sticks and clings onto everything. Once it settles on surfaces it adds up very quickly.
  • Make sure to have good air circulation within your home. Good and proper ventilation will help to reduce the amount of pet allergens. Poor air distribution can cause a build up of indoor airborne allergens and mildew, which can cause serious problems to an allergic person. Keep the windows of your house open if the weather allows it during a certain time of the day in order to allow fresh air into the house.
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