In the U.S., about 68% of us own pets. Whether we choose dogs, cats, reptiles, or rodents, there's something about having animal companions that improve our quality of life. However, what if owning a pet is giving you unbearable allergies? Is it worth it to rehome your best friend so you can be less miserable from allergy symptoms? How are you supposed to make that choice?
Instead of saying goodbye to a beloved member of your family, we recommend learning how to reduce pet dander in your home as a happier alternative. If you take the appropriate steps and take time to understand your allergies , you could significantly reduce your allergy symptoms without reducing the amount of time you spend with your animals.
Keep reading to find out more!
Learning how to reduce pet dander takes a little practice. You have to set a couple of new habits that may seem tedious at first. However, with the alternative of being miserable from allergy symptoms as your only other option, we think you'll adjust quickly. However, it's important to note that if your symptoms are severe enough, you may need to make a difficult decision to rehome your pet. However, before you start to get upset, realize that the entire purpose of this article is to help you avoid that scenario.
Follow along for an in-depth look at how to reduce pet dander and keep the animals you love!
First of all, the cleaner you can keep your home, the better. Pet dander consists of tiny skin cells shed by your pet. We experience allergic reactions to dander when we breathe them in. Pet dander is tiny, even microscopic particles that can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. The best way to reduce our exposure to it is by keeping the home as clean as possible.
You should take time to wet-dust all horizontal surfaces every day. It's important to use a wet rag or dusting agent to avoid kicking up particles into the air. Similarly, when you sweep, you'll want to use a hard floor vacuum or a mop, as a broom will also launch dander into the air. Finally, make sure you vacuum any carpets every single day. It's tedious, yes, but carpets are a huge collector of dirt, dust, and dander.
Next, you may need to reconsider your furniture and decor. Like carpets, any type of cloth fabric, such as couches, chairs, and curtains are certain to hold onto dander. You can vacuum these things every day, but you're better off with leather or vinyl furniture and using heavy blinds rather than curtains. If you can't afford to make all of these changes, then add them into your daily cleaning routine.
Your house isn't the only thing you need to clean regularly! You should also give your animal regular grooming treatments while learning how to reduce pet dander. You should brush your pet every day to help them shed excess fur and dander. Make sure you do it outside, otherwise you'll be adding to your problem inside! You may also want to wear a face mask to avoid breathing in the particles you're sure to kick up while brushing.
You shouldn't give them a full bath with water and shampoo every single day but should do it once a week. This will provide a deep clean for dander removal that brushing alone won't take care of.
Every time your animal goes outside, they're running around in the grass, going to the bathroom, and being exposed to other allergens. Before they come back inside, be sure to give them a wipe down. Keep a rag handy near the door to clean off their coat and paws before reentering the house. This will help keep even more allergens out, as well as reducing the amount of pet dander they bring inside.
Next, since dander is an airborne substance, keeping your air as clean as possible is key in learning how to reduce pet dander. You can do this by using specialized HVAC filters designed for pet dander and other allergens. This can really help reduce the number of particles being pushed through your home through central heating and air conditioning ventilation.
You can also invest in air purification systems that work to clear your home from pet dander floating around.
Next, learning how to reduce pet dander means setting some house rules for your pets. For example, you shouldn't allow them to get up on the furniture. This is important for two reasons. First, and most obviously, you don't want to lay your head and body down where pet dander is lurking because you allow your animals on the furniture. You're pretty much asking for an allergic reaction. Second, every time you plot down in a chair or on the couch, you kick up whatever tiny particles are on the surface, including pet dander.
Finally, it's a good idea to give yourself at least one pet dander free zone in your house. Typically, this would be your bedroom. This provides a place for you to retreat to on days your allergies are especially bad or unbearable. Additionally, sleeping in a dander-free zone allows you to sleep peacefully through the night, both physically and mentally. Keeping your bedroom closed off to animals should be relatively easy.
One of the most important factors in learning how to reduce pet dander and allergy symptoms is knowing what exactly you're allergic to. With people with allergies and pets, we recommend getting an allergy test to identify what they're allergic to. You may find out that you're not actually allergic to your dog or cat. Alternatively, you may find out you're severely allergic to them. Either way, it's important to operate with all of the information.
If you've got questions about your allergies, contact us today for a free consultation. We'd love to help you!