Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tips to Cope with Pet Allergies at Home

Love your dogs but you are allergic to them? The bad news as I've mentioned in an earlier post is that there is no such thing as hypoallergenic dogs. But the good news is that there are ways to reduce the allergens, and hopefully in this way can help you to manage your allergies better and yet still own a pet.


-Groom them regularly and bathe them at least twice a week. A 1999 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology compared the levels of allergens in dog dander before and after a five-minute bath and found that the bath reduced the dogs’ allergen levels by about 85%. But the allergen levels returned to normal in about 3 days, hence the need to be washed at least twice a week.

-Groom them outside and keep your pet outdoors as much as possible. At the very least, keep them away from bedrooms where people with allergies sleep.

-Getting a smaller dog may help as it should produce less allergen and it is easier to bathe.

-Replace carpets with wood flooring as it traps less dander and is easier to clean.

- Best to keep pets off carpets, upholstered furniture, and beds to reduce exposure to dander.

-Vacuum regularly with HEPA vacuum cleaner.

-Use a HEPA air purifier to reduce airborne pet allergens

You may also find these pet allergen control products useful in managing your pet allergies.