Allergy Solutions for Pet Owners
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.
Ã˜ Replace carpeting with wood, tile, or laminate floors. If removing the carpet isnâ€™t an option, vacuum often and steam clean on a regular basis.
Ã˜ Choose furniture made with leather (faux or real), vinyl, or materials that can be removed and washed.
Ã˜ Use paint or tile for your walls instead of wallpaper. The thick fibers in some wallpaper can trap allergens.
Ã˜ 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.
Ã˜ Use products like Swiffer Dusters to hold the allergens and dander as you dust your furniture and shelving.
Ã˜ 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 donâ€™t know about you, but there is something wonderful about having a freshly bathed pet who smells great and who doesnâ€™t leave tons of hair on you when he sits on your lap.