An allergy to dogs does not necessarily mean you have to give up your favorite furry friend. There are ways to keep your dog's dander minimal so you can share the same space without an excess of sneezing, coughing or itching. Mild allergies to dog dander are easy to manage with a little extra cleaning; more severe allergies generally require a significant amount of time, energy and attention. Speak with your doctor or veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about your allergies.
Bathe your dog as often as his temper and skin allow, and use a shampoo designed to minimize allergies to dander. You can find these in most pet stores.
Groom your pooch often with a brush designed to catch and hold hair. Between brushings, wipe him off with a damp cloth to catch skin flakes and loose hair. A grooming glove also works well.
Feed your pet a balanced diet designed to reduce dry skin. Dander is old, shed skin cells that are too tiny to see, and dry skin is shed more often than moist skin. Keeping your dog's skin properly hydrated through diet and adequate water intake will go a long way toward keeping his dander minimal.
Keep your pup out of your bedroom and off your couch. Every time your dog jumps on the couch or climbs on your bed, he transfers dander onto these surfaces. Because you spend a lot of time in your bedroom and living room, it is important to minimize dander in these locations.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and frequently vacuum rooms your dog spends time in. This is important even if you don't have carpeting. Sweeping stirs up dust, hair and dander. Don't forget to vacuum under furniture and along baseboards, two places where pet hair often collects.
Replace carpets with tile or wood flooring to reduce dander levels inside your home. Vacuum runners and throw rugs frequently and shampoo them several times every year.
Remove draperies and curtains whenever possible. These are difficult to clean and are big sources of environmental dander. Opt for plastic or wooden blinds instead.
Wash your dog's bedding at least once per week. Encourage your dog to sleep in the same location every night and for every nap to keep dander under control.
Install a filtration system on your indoor heating and cooling unit. This will keep the air in your home mostly free of dander. If you cannot afford to do this, at least consider using a HEPA air purifier in your bedroom at night.
Items You Will Need
- Anti-allergy dog shampoo
- Indoor filtration system
- Wearing a protective mask while cleaning your house and grooming your dog will help reduce your exposure to dander.
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