Pet dander is one of the most common indoor allergens. But, regardless of the sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes that can result from our furry friends, they’re a part of our families.
If you have a pet and suffer from allergy symptoms due to pet dander, there are strategies that you can use to limit the amount of dander in your home. By keeping the accumulation of dander to a minimum, you can continue loving your family pet without the discomfort of indoor allergy symptoms.
Limit pet dander in your home by:
Cleaning Your Home Thoroughly.
Completing thorough cleanings of your home every week will help prevent the accumulation of pet dander. Your cleaning routine for pet dander should include dusting surfaces, vacuuming all carpeting and soft surfaces (like couches), and laundering blankets or bedding that the pet comes into contact with.
In addition to keeping your home clean, ensuring that it’s clutter-free can also help with pet dander accumulation. Not only will this make cleaning easier, but it will also give pet dander fewer surfaces to collect on.
Brushing and Bathing Your Pet Regularly.
Brushing your pet every few days (or daily for pets with long fur) will help prevent shedding, which can spread pet dander all over your home. Bathing your pet once per week will also remove dander and send it down the drain, rather than around your home. Generally, keeping your pet clean is a great strategy for minimizing allergy symptoms from pet dander.
Keeping Your Pet on Hardwood Flooring.
Pet dander doesn’t accumulate as easily on hardwood flooring as it does on carpets. Plus, hardwood floors are easier to clean thoroughly than carpets. So, restricting your pet to areas of your home with hardwood flooring can help reduce dander in your home.
Changing the HVAC Filter.
Changing the HVAC filter every month can prevent the spread of pet dander through the air in your home. The HVAC filter helps remove dander and other indoor allergens from your home’s air, but it needs to be clean to do so.
If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms, it’s wise to visit an allergist for an evaluation. Your allergist can confirm the cause of the symptoms and prescribe a treatment plan. To schedule an appointment, contact Kratz Allergy & Asthma today.