Tips for Reducing Your Pet Allergies
By Linnea Lundgren and Jef Wals, MD
One of the worst discoveries pet owners can make is that they are (or a family member is) allergic to a pet, especially after strong emotional bonds have formed. If someone in the household has developed allergies to a beloved pet, you must make the heart-wrenching decision about whether or not to keep the animal.
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Before jumping to any decisions, though, first have the allergy confirmed by testing. If the test comes back positive, most allergists will recommend that the pet causing the allergies be removed from the home to avoid the possible progression of symptoms and to decrease the amount of medication the allergic person requires. Once you've received the results and heard the recommendation, you'll have to decide what to do.
I Am NOT Giving Up My Pet!
While allergists are generally correct when they recommend removing a pet, doing so is like losing a family member. Some people, understandably so, are unwilling to give up their pet. Instead, they choose to live with the pet by modifying behaviors and keeping the house as dander-free as possible. If this is the route you decide to take, consider the following suggestions:
· Wash and brush dogs and cats once a week. Have a nonallergic family member brush the pet outside daily.
· Make the allergic family member's bedroom and bed strictly off-limits to those with four paws. But be aware that, even though the pet's territory is contained, allergens won't be. Allergens spread far and wide with help from the heating and air-conditioning system, and they get a ride on people's clothing. High efficiency air filters should be used in the bedroom's heating and air-conditioning systems, if the residence has a forced-air system, and they should be maintained every two to three months to help reduce dander distribution.
· Make it a petty crime for pets to jump on furniture, but do provide them with a nice bed to call their own. If the pet's bed is washable, wash it weekly using hot water. Remember: Dust mites don't discriminate when it comes to dander.
· Consider keeping pets outside. This may be a good option for the allergy sufferer; however, in most cases this is a poor option for your pet, who will probably be happier and healthier in another family's home. Use your best judgment when deciding a pet's fate. Does it like to be outside? Does it have adequate room to run and play? Is the environment too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer? Does it have protection from the elements? Is it accustomed to constant attention from the family? Does it annoy the neighbors by barking?
· Do not let allergic family members hug, kiss, or cuddle pets. If the momentary lapse of love happens, make sure hands get washed after contact.
· If possible, use a central air cleaner for at least four hours a day. These air cleaners can help to remove significant amounts of pet allergens from the home.
· Vacuum carpets daily. Damp dust furniture twice weekly. Maintain all your regular allergy-proofing tasks. The Best carpet cleaning in Superior, Co 80027 can make a huge improvement in your home's health and you will breathe easier after we clean your carpet and upholstery.
· Place the litter box in an isolated area, where it won't be affected by the home's circulation system. You don't want to circulate the allergens and odor from the litter all over the house. Allergic persons should not clean the litter box. If they must, make sure they wear a mask and gloves.
It’s a popular notion that carpet is unhealthy and hard floors provide a healthier environment than carpet. But, did you know, carpet is the best air filter in your home? It is much more healthful than hard floors since it takes out pollutants from the air like dander and dust mite feces and traps them in the carpet fibers. Hard floors are not capable of doing this. When you walk across your hard floors, pet dander, dust mite feces and other pollutants are stirred up back into the air you breathe, triggering allergic response.
Carpet only becomes unhealthy when it is not cleaned regularly. When the filter is full, it needs to be cleaned for your health’s sake. And vacuuming is simply not enough. It would be like never mopping your hard floors. If all you ever did was sweep your floors and never mopped them, how clean would they be? The problem with carpet is, many people only have their carpet cleaned when it LOOKS dirty. By then, the biggest air filter in your home is full to the brim and over flowing with allergy and respiratory irritants. But if is cleaned every 6 months to a year, this won’t happen and your carpet will provide a healthier place for you to live with your pets. We would love to help you make your home healthier and reduce it's pet allergens. Click on this link, Best carpet cleaning in Superior, CO 80027, for more info.