Few things frustrate pet owners more than suffering from pet-related allergies. For many pet owners, getting rid of their furry friend to alleviate allergies is not an option. If you suffer from pet allergies but aren’t willing to give up your best friend, consider the following ways to create an allergy-friendly home.
1. First, consult with your doctor to determine if medicine is available to help reduce or eliminate your allergic reactions. Over-the-counter antihistamines are often prescribed by allergists to treat pet allergies. This way, you can snuggle up with your pet and not worry about an itchy nose, watery eyes and bouts of sneezing.
2. Tackle your home’s flooring to help alleviate your pet-related allergies. If you have carpet, consider ripping it out and installing hardwood or laminate floors throughout your home instead. Carpet fabrics often retain a large number of allergens and, as a result, are much more difficult to clean. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are more receptive to cleaning and you can often see pet dander or hair collecting on the floor for easy cleanup.
3. Consider leather furniture. Though a tad pricey, leather sofas and chairs don’t collect particles of pet dander and other allergens. If you can’t afford switching out your cloth furniture for leather, give your living room or other favorite lounge area a deep clean, and then designate it as a no-pet zone to help control your pet allergies.
4. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after touching or holding your pet. Also, avoid touching your eyes and nose before washing. Direct contact is OK as long as you take precautions.
5. Bathe your pet frequently. You don’t have to send Fluffy to the groomers several times a month – a quick rinse at home will work just as well. Use a mild soap and water to lightly scrub off any loose hair or dirt. Washing your pet on a regular basis will help reduce pet dander. Sometimes, water alone will do the trick.
6. Block off areas of your home to be ‘pet free’, such as your kitchen or other high traffic areas. By using a pet gate, you can restrict the amount of pet dander and hair accumulated in these rooms.
If you suffer with pet allergies or asthma but still want to keep your furry companion, consider wearing a medical ID bracelet that denotes your allergies in the event of an emergency. If you have an asthma attack and can’t speak, medical professionals will know what’s wrong by simply looking at your medical ID bracelet. American Medical ID offers affordable medical alert jewelry in many attractive colors and styles. You can even purchase a medical charm to attach to your pet’s collar.