The Best Ways to Handle Pet Allergies

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Sometimes owning a cat or dog comes with a few negative aspects. You may know you have some pet allergies when you bring your cat or dog home, or it may be an unpleasant surprise that you need to deal with. Either way, if you’re one of more than 60 million affected by allergies in general, and your symptoms always seem to increase when your furry friend is around, you’ll want to do something about it. Here’s look at our top tips.

Clean surfaces
Cleaning your home is essential to dealing with pet allergies. Our top advice is to get a top-rated vacuum for pet hair. A vacuum like this will remove the hair, dust, and dander that is often associated with many pet breeds. A vacuum with a good HEPA filter will likely be helpful to ensure that all the particles you don’t want in the air are trapped away for good.

If you don’t have the time or ability to clean yourself, consider getting a green house cleaning service that will use products that are safe for you and your pets.

Clean out vents
Regardless of how long you’ve had your pet, there is likely a buildup of dust and allergens in your vents. Cleaning your dryer and air duct vents will help reduce pet hair, dust mites, and all the other things that may be playing havoc with your ability to breathe.

Change Filters
Your heating and air conditioning unit likely came with a filter to catch allergens and dirt. A great first line of defense against allergens is to make sure that these filters get changed regularly. Each system and filter works for a different amount of time, so know the ideal schedule for changing the filter in your home.

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Wash your hands and your pet
When you pet your dog or cat, make sure to wash your hands as soon as your can. Keeping your hands clean will help ensure that you don’t inadvertently transfer more pet hair and dander to your face. Additionally, keeping pets well-brushed, washed, and groomed means that you’ll have less in your house to clean up.

Dedicate pet areas
One way to limit the spread of pet hair and pet dander is to limit the areas of your home that are open to your pets. For instance, consider keeping your pets out of your bedroom or off of furniture. This will decrease the spaces you have to clean regularly and give you an area where you can be in your home without having to worry about allergens.

Treat the symptoms
Ideally, the other steps you take to control dust, pet hair, and pet dander in your home will be enough. However, if you’re still experiencing symptoms, there are many allergy medications available by prescription or over-the-counter that can make your pet allergies easier to manage. Ensure that you get a medication suited to your particular situation.