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Indoor Allergins: Pet Dander

Indoor Allergins: Pet Dander

We love our furry friends, but their dander can cause a host of allergen issues. Interesting enough, it’s your pet’s dead skin flakes, urine, feces, and saliva that trigger allergies, and not their fur. Instead of removing your beloved pet from your home, consider the following tips.

Tips On Pet Allergen Control:

Isolation measures should include keeping your pets out of your sleeping areas, off upholstered furniture, and even off of carpets.
Vacuum all floors and carpets daily with a vacuum that contains a Hepa filter.
Have carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned with a natural solution quarterly.
Change your whole house filter monthly.
Clean all areas where the pet sleeps and eats weekly.
Have your pet groomed monthly to reduce dander.
Place an air purification system in your bedroom.

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11:29PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Thanks Veronica.
I just wanted to mention that seeing these sweet faces of Dash, Annie, Miles & Maybelle elicits my prayer that their wish for a forever home with a family who will love and care for them is granted this Christmas, and for all the dogs, cats and animals who truly deserve to be loved and cared for.
Merry Christmas & God Bless Us EVERYONE

9:23AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

good to know

3:14AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

I vacuum the dogs room and wash the pillows, pillowcases and towels I use for them so that the "doggy smell" is kept down somewhat. I don;t know if it is good or not, I usually use an oatmeal based soap on my dogs, less irritating and then I do use human creme rinse unless the other shampoo I might use has a conditioner in it already. I also blow dry my dogs rather then just towel drying them only unless it is summertime warm then towel dry and out to dry in the sun. Brushing of course helps to make them look not so shaggy from the bath.

3:06AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Lets be nice here and be kind to fellow pet owners. We are not here to judge but to help solve problems.------------------------------

3:02AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Alipet of something spelled like this is on the market. You rub some on the dog and it helps keep the dander down. A person can be allergic to the skin flakes, rather than just hair on the dog. Also the dog rolls in grass and dirt and brings these things inside on his hair too. these can also cause allergic reaction. Pet your dog, do not rub him so as to disturb these things on the hair from start flying around. Washing hands after petting is a good idea also. With cats I don't think the same thing applies as their hair flies around more easily and gets caught into the furniture also. I have poodle and poodle mix dogs and don't seem to have any problems at all.

3:59AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012


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8:33AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Maybe I cheat, but whenever I walk my boy and its raining, he gets a free shower (luckily or unlucky for me, he loves being outside rain or not).

2:17AM PST on Jan 7, 2010

loved the tip about remembering to think of the order. We're moving into a new to us home that was infested (ok 2 cats) with animals. The fur is everywhere so I can only imagine that the dander is on every mm of space in the house. I'm the only one in the family not allergic so I have a lot of work cut out for me. Thanks so much for this article! Will have 2 HEPA Rabbit air filters, get some Allersearch (a gallon) anti-allergen dander neutralizer to spray and use microfiber clothes to wipe every surface...AFTER the carpet gets ripped out ;)

4:32PM PST on Nov 19, 2009

I am a trained veterinary assistant and animal groomer who works for humane societies. I'd like to try putting the battle to rest, if I may.

Using the proper shampoo, you can safely bathe cats and dogs weekly. Please look for the proper shampoo, use only tepid water and rinse well. Those pets who get dry skin from bathing are being bathed with the wrong shampoo or not being rinsed well enough. Just like you, your pet needs a specific kind of product be it mild, astringent or conditioning. The most important thing is use only tepid water because pet's skin burns more easily than humans and rinse, rinse, rinse. Inadequate rinsing is the most common error when bathing an animal.

Dogs and cats are no different than humans with regard to cleanliness being important. Humans learned to bathe themselves as they progressed from primitive living to the way we are now. We know the value of cleanliness, so we do it. You may also keep your pets safely clean. In fact, a pet who is bathed regularly from infancy usually likes the process and has fewer skin issues than those who aren't. Hope this makes sense and helps.

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