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Allergy Solutions for Pet Owners

Allergy Solutions for Pet Owners

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 12:46pm

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Last week my blog covered the myth of having a hypoallergenic pet and some suggestions for dealing with pets if you have sensitivities to their dander.  Below are a couple more ideas as we head into warmer weather and you are having thoughts of spring cleaning and maybe a little bit of remodeling.

Ø  Replace carpeting with wood, tile, or laminate floors.  If removing the carpet isn’t an option, vacuum often and steam clean on a regular basis.

Ø  Choose furniture made with leather (faux or real), vinyl, or materials that can be removed and washed.

Ø  Use paint or tile for your walls instead of wallpaper.  The thick fibers in some wallpaper can trap allergens.

Ø  Blind and shades are easier to clean and remove allergens than curtains.  If curtains are a preference, use those that are made of lightweight fabrics that you can easily toss into the washing machine.  

Ø  Use products like Swiffer Dusters to hold the allergens and dander as you dust your furniture and shelving. 

Ø  Wash your pets bedding regularly. 

As previously discussed, regular grooming of your pet is a must.  At Case Veterinary Hospital, our groomer and our bathers not only get your pet smelling good but take the time to do a thorough brushing to remove dead hair and dander.  Our hydro-surge system actually massages the skin as the pet is being bathed and gets rid of the dead skin cells.  I don’t know about you, but there is something wonderful about having a freshly bathed pet who smells great and who doesn’t leave tons of hair on you when he sits on your lap.    

 

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