Tips for minimizing pet allergens within your home
Allergies can develop at any time, but it might be particularly difficult if you find out that you or a member of your family is allergic to certain pets when you already have one living with you. Pets are an important part of the family and although it might be the easy solution to rehome your pet, it’s a very hard decision to make.
Allergic reactions aren’t a result of contact with your pets directly but from the proteins from their body oils, saliva or urine. Therefore, discovering you have an allergy doesn’t necessarily mean you have to say goodbye.
For those families that decide to keep their much-loved pet, here are some tips for minimizing pet allergens within your home.
Home your pet outside
Of course, this option won’t be appropriate for every animal but if you can, housing them outside will make dealing with your allergies much easier and more controlled.
Create a number of pet free zones
Establishing rooms in the house where the pets aren’t allowed such as the bedroom will limit the spread of allergens and confine them to a smaller space meaning that you are less likely to suffer reactions.
Change carpet for solid floors
The fibres in carpet will pick up more of the proteins from your pets and therefore changing to solid floors will be more ideal as they can be cleaned more easily.
Bathe your pet regularly
Washing your pet will help reduce the likelihood of an allergic reaction. It’s probably better to ask a friend or family member if they can help out with this or pay someone to do it for you.
Ask for help
Ask your friends and family members who aren’t allergic to animals to help with more impactful duties such as changing the litter box and kennel etc.
Use high efficiency filters
Buy a HEPA filter. HEPA filters can be portable or home-wide. They pick up the dander e.g. dead skin, off of animal’s fur. It can also help to reduce smoke, bacteria, mould and dust from your home.
Wash your hands
It might be an obvious one, but always remember to wash your hands every time you touch your pets.
So, there are some tips for minimizing pet allergens within your home. It might be a bit more difficult to manage than without a pet in the home, but its worth it for the company of our furry friends!