Tips for Reducing Pet Dander
How to Control Pet Dander To Potentially Help Reduce Pet Dander Allergies
True, owning a pet can be a great way to live longer and lower your blood pressure, but if you’ve got allergies they can also pose some health challenges. As one of the smallest, most lightweight allergens in North American homes, pet dander can cause allergic reactions in many people. Between 15% and 30% of people with allergies suffer from reactions to dogs and cats, making it a common problem. Follow these simple steps to try and control and reduce pet dander in your home.
Tips on reducing and controlling pet dander
Prevention is often the best medicine, and in the case of pet dander, this rule is true as ever. There are many practical things you can do to minimize your exposure to pet dander that will also keep your home nice and clean in the process!
- HEPA filter: One great option is to run a HEPA air filter in your bedroom and other commonly used rooms that traps pet dander and other airborne pollutants.
- High efficiency furnace: These furnaces are much better at filtering air as it passes through the heating equipment and should reduce the amount of pet dander in your indoor air. Also be sure to change your furnace filter regularly and replace it with an allergen-removing model.
- Vacuum thoroughly: Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for carpets and hard surface flooring, upholstered furniture and molding to remove dander throughout your home. Dander sticks to everything so you should also vacuum lamp shades, walls, and even ceilings on a regular basis. If replacing your carpet in the future, go for low-pile carpet as this is easier to maintain.
- Regular mopping: For hard surface flooring like lino, hard wood, or tile be sure to mop at least once every week.
- Pet grooming: Though this may not be a favorite with your furry friend, simply wiping your pet down once every week or so with a damp cloth (microfiber works well) can help to remove dander and prevent it from landing in your home.
- Room separation: If your allergies are severe, consider keeping your pet out of your bedroom where you’ll spend many hours in any given day. Even so, you should probably wash your bedding at least weekly to reduce the amount that will inevitably be tracked into your room.
- Vent filters: If you have force-air heating and cooling in your home, consider adding a filter or cheesecloth type mesh to keep airborne particles from being circulated in your home.
- Masks: When grooming your pet, vacuuming the floors, or dusting, it can help to wear a mask to prevent inhalation of pet dander and other allergies.
To read further about this topic check out our natural dog shedding solutions and homemade dry dog skin remedies articles that may be of help to keeping your dog well groomed and thus lowering the amount of dander in your home.
1 Pet Allergies. (n.d.). Retrieved September 1, 2010, from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&sub=16&cont=63