Pet Allergy Products
Your pet may be your best friend, but your pet is also a very likely source of allergens.
Many people experience allergic reactions when they are exposed to pets. The usual culprit is animal dander as well as a protein found in animals' saliva. What is animal dander? It's dead skin flakes from your pet's skin. The dander gets trapped in your pet's fur, which can make it appear as if you are allergic to the fur. You most likely aren't.
Although the fur of a dog or cat is not a major allergen, that same fur collects pollen, dust, mold spores, and other irritants, making it an allergic trigger. In addition, animal dander is sticky and can remain airborne for hours. As a result, it can be found in places where pets have never even been present, often times brought in on the clothing of a pet owner.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
- Clean the air in your home with HEPA filtered air purifiers to remove airborne dander.
- Wash pet weekly with dander reducing shampoo.
- Vacuum frequently using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner that removes and permanently traps airborne allergens. Most regular vacuums will put some dust back into the air. HEPA filtered vacuums avoid this.
- Install a high-efficiency filter on home climate control systems to prevent dander from re-circulating throughout the home. Put filters over register vents. Change both filters seasonally. This helps to get floating dander out of the air.
- Wash hands thoroughly after playing with pets. Good hand washing will remove most of the dander on your hands.
- Over the longer term, you can consider removing carpeting or spray with a denaturing carpet solution to deactivate pet allergens.
- If you have pet allergies, but not seasonal allergies, open windows and use exhaust fans to remove airborne particles.
- Use specially formulated pet solutions and cleansing wipes to remove surface dander in your home.
A new addition to your strategies to handle pet dander and pet allergies is the ionic pet brush. This brush can help to remove dander from your pet's coat, while you brush.