Don’t Let Pet Allergies Keep You From Loving Your Pet!
The Spirit of Jessie! Now that I have been in the spirit world for awhile, I have adjusted to my new surroundings and am happy to report that life is good. Believe it or not, I have been checking in on my human and her endeavors frequently and have kept a keen eye on that mangy cat, Party Marty, who thinks he is in full control now. I’ll let him believe that, but it’s not really true. I still keep a finger on the pulse of the household, just from a different realm!
Today, I am going to address an issue about allergies. As seasons are changing, any allergy sufferers out there are gearing up to combat those pesky allergens. Then there are pet allergies, which can present a year-round dilemma. Do you suffer from pet allergies or are you allergic to your pet? Allergies should not stand in the way of you and your pet having a great relationship. According to the aspca.org web site, there are things you can do to combat those pesky allergies and still enjoy the companionship of pets!
If you are allergic to pets, does that mean you have to eliminate your furry companion from your home? In some cases, perhaps, but not always! Bear in mind that those folks who are allergic to pets are also possibly allergic to dust mites, molds and pollens, all of which can be found in the home. Allergic symptoms develop from allergen overload, and that simply means you have to get in there, roll up your sleeves and eliminate some of those allergens.
Here are some ideas to reduce the impact a pet might have on your allergies:
Create an allergen-free room. This might be your bedroom. If you prevent your pet from ever entering this room, you are more likely to get a good night’s sleep, free from sneezing and wheezing.
Since allergens collect in rugs, drapes and upholstery, try to limit or eliminate them wherever possible in your home. Steam-clean the fabrics you choose to keep and clean them regularly. Opt for cotton-covered furniture and washable blinds or shades.
Be sure to vacuum on a regular basis, using a HEPA filter or disposable electrostatic bag.
Consider installing an air purifier with a HEPA filter to allow for some fresh air on a daily basis instead of locking in air that is filled with allergens.
Dust regularly and wipe down the walls to cut down on allergens and invest in some washable pet bedding that can be easily cleaned as often as necessary.
Now, you will also want to decontaminate your pet, which translates to bathing him at least once a week. Consult your vet for a shampoo that won’t dry out your pet’s skin. I know…your pet may not enjoy this ritual, but it is necessary if you want to reduce your exposure to the allergens that trigger your sneezing and wheezing.
Brush or comb your pet frequently and wipe him with a product that is specifically formulated to prevent dander from building up, ultimately flaking off into your environment. Your veterinarian should be able to recommend one.
Be sure to wash your hands after coming into contact with your pet and before touching your face.
Have a “pet outfit” on hand that is easily washable and can be worn when you most interact and cuddle with your pet.
And find a doctor, most notably an allergy specialist, who can work with you to determine the best course of treatment to mitigate your allergies and allow you to happily live with your pet.