Pets bring joy, love, and companionship to their owners every day. Not only do they improve our moods, but they can even keep us healthy by lowing our stress levels and keeping us active. However, it’s common for pet owners to suffer from allergies, making it difficult to be around their pets for long periods of time. In fact, recent studies have shown that roughly 15% of the population are allergic to dogs or cats. Cat allergies are nearly twice as common as dog allergies. If you’re allergic to your pet, here are a few ways to reduce the symptoms and cope with your allergies.
Living with Pet Allergies
There are several adjustments you can make if you’re living with pet allergies.
- Create an area of your home that prohibits your pet from entering. You may want to consider making this room your bedroom. Regularly clean the bedroom and consider using a HEPA air cleaning to clear out pollutants and allergens.
- If you have carpet, we recommend vacuuming and steam cleaning it frequently. You may even want to consider using throw rugs that are easily washable.
- Change your clothes after being in contact with your pet for long periods of time.
- Bathe your pet often to reduce airborne allergens. Have someone without pet allergies brush the your pet outside. What’s better than a freshly groomed pet?
- Wash bedding frequently in hot water.
- Clean your entire home regularly, including areas that trap pet hair and dander.
- Make sure your pet has optimal levels of essential fatty acids in their diet to reduce shedding.
Many people believe certain breeds of dogs are hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, hypoallergenic pets do not exist. However, by incorporating the simple steps above, your allergy symptoms may improve significantly. If you have any additional questions or concerns about pet allergies, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly veterinarian team at Borrett Animal Hospital in Ogden, Utah. We’re eager to meet you and your furry loved one!