Always having to carry a box of tissues around with you or constantly rubbing your irritated eyes? This could be because of your adorable fuzz ball. Though we love our pets, we don’t love the allergies they can cause. But you don’t have to endure the unpleasantness of pet allergies. There are some simple tips and techniques you can implement to reduce them, which makes for more comfortable living with your pet.
1. Bathe your dog or cat weekly. According to the Human Society, giving your pet a bath once a week can greatly reduce allergy-causing dander. Because allergies are also born out of pet saliva, giving them a bath is more effective than just leaving your pet to lick and bathe itself. Make sure to use shampoos specifically designed for your cat or dog.
2. Restrict rooms. Restricting certain rooms in your home where your pet is allowed can help reduce the amount of allergies spread. Or you can create one room where your pet is not allowed. It would be most effective to keep your cat or dog out of rooms with carpet, which is where dander is more likely to linger. The same is true for rooms that have lots of furniture upholstered with soft material and other decor. Most importantly, do not allow your pet into your bedroom if you have bad allergies. If your cat or dog has a habit of wandering into your bedroom or your designated no-pet room, put up a gate to block him.
3. Keep your home clean. Make it a habit to regularly clean and wash your home to reduce allergies. Also, wash your hands every time you pet your cat or dog. It can be a hassle to remember every time, but you will notice a significant decrease in allergy symptoms.
4. Consult your doctor. There are different medications and remedies that can aid in reducing allergies. Talk to your physician to find the best solution for you.
Implementing some or all of these ideas into your daily life can help create a more comfortable living environment with your pet. You’ll be able to live comfortably without allergies while still enjoying the company of your furry pal.