Loving Your Pets . . . Despite the Allergies

It should come as no surprise that one of the most common home allergens is animal dander. Dander clings to carpets, imbeds in beds, and invades home ventilation systems, systematically contaminating each space in your home. But cats, dogs, and even guinea pigs are often a part of the family, and Americans are loath to find their pets another loving home. Many allergy-sufferers continue to allow their cats and dogs into the house, onto furniture, and even in their beds at night. If you’re an animal lover with an unfortunate allergy, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of dander that gathers in your home.

Limit Pet Exposure to Living Spaces

pet on bedPet hair clings to furniture and floors, becoming more difficult to remove the longer you own pets. Dander grinds into the fibers of fabric couches, carpets, cushions, and comforters, further exacerbating the itchiness, congestion, difficulty breathing, and skin irritation pet allergies often cause. Limiting your pets’ access to certain areas of your home drastically reduces the amount of allergens in your home air. If you have an indoor/outdoor dog, consider keeping him outside more often. If your pets live indoors, close doors or hang gates to keep them away from living areas and bedrooms. Many allergy symptoms result from exposure to pet dander on beds and fabric furniture.

Reduce Allergens in Your Home

  • Invest in a home air purification system (especially for the bedroom)
  • Cover your pillows and mattress in tightly woven allergy slipcovers
  • Wash your linens at least once a week
  • Vacuum floors and clean surfaces frequently
  • Replace carpet with hard floors or rugs
  • Wash your hands after touching your animal
  • See an allergist about prescription allergy medication

Call Living Technologies for more information on purchasing a home air purification system.

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