Have Pet Allergies? Bo Has Solutions!
The Spirit of Bo, returning to spread helpful and useful information to those who love and appreciate their pets:
There is no argument over the fact that pets bring so much joy and love into our lives. Their unconditional affections for their owners are immeasurable. However, what happens when you are adversely affected by your beloved pet with a siege of allergies? Anyone is susceptible of developing an allergic reaction to his or her pet. However, such a response does not necessarily mean you have to give up your special friend. Here are a few tips from the aspca.org web site to aid you as you deal with pet allergies.
- Create an allergy-free room in your home. We suggest the bedroom. By keeping your pets away from this room (and by using hypoallergenic bedding and pillows), you can at least temporarily escape the allergens that trigger your symptoms.
- Limit fabrics used in your home, such as rugs, drapes and upholstery. Steam clean them regularly and consider washable drapes and window treatments.
- Vacuum frequently, using a HEPA filter.
- Brush or comb your pet frequently, preferably outdoors. For cats, the ASPCA advises putting them on a leash to do this, as they do not recommend keeping cats outdoors.
- Clean the litter box frequently.
- Use anti-allergen room sprays; consult your allergist for recommendations.
- Dust regularly.
- Use washable pet bedding.
- Bathe your pet regularly.
- Wipe your pet down with products formulated to prevent dander. Inquire of your vet which brand is safest for your pet.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Wear “pet clothes,” which are clothes you can wear specifically for when you play and interact with your pet.
- Have another family member who does not have allergies to pets do the cleaning, litter box work, and pet bedding washing. (Wow! There is an upside to pet allergies! No dirty work required!
Here’s to a healthier (and sneeze and sniffle-free!) relationship with your pet!