About 10% of the population is allergic to animals. If you love animals but are allergic this can be a problem.
Causes of Pet Allergies
Cat and dog dander, or skin flakes, as well as their saliva and urine, can cause an allergic reaction – sneezing, wheezing, and running eyes and nose. Bird feathers and droppings are also a cause of allergies. Animal hair itself is not an allergen but can carry other allergens such as pollen, dust and mold. The saliva and urine of rabbits, rats, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs are also allergens.
Controlling the Allergies
If you don’t want to get rid of your pets, here are some tips for minimizing the allergy problem:
- Keep the pet out of the allergic individual’s bedroom. Even better, keep the pet outdoors.
- Petting, hugging and kissing the pet should be avoided.
- Keep pets off upholstered furniture, on to which pet dander can be transferred.
- Place the litter box in a separate area from the rest of the house.
- Wash clothes after grooming or playing with the pet.
- Use Allerpet Solutions on your pet to reduce the effects of the allergens.
- Bathe your pet often.
- Use an anti-allergen dust spray in the home.
- Use a room air purifier for at least four hours a day.
- Vacuum carpets and sweep bare floors often.
- Keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy by feeding him good quality all natural food.
- In extreme cases, desensitizing injections can increase your tolerance for the allergens over time.