Five Ways To Manage Your Pet Allergies Without Medication

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When your furry friend is your best friend, pet allergies can be a drag. Instead of saying farewell to your furry pal, check out a few ways that you can control your pet allergies without medication. 

1. Get Rid of Your Carpet

Carpet is the perfect hiding place for pet dander. Pull up any carpet in your home and replace it with hard flooring, like tile, laminate, or hardwood floors. If there are any areas that you must have carpeting, stick with low pile carpeting.

2. Keep Fido Out of Your Bedroom

You spend a significant portion of time in your bedroom. One way to minimize your exposure to your pet's dander is to make your bedroom off limits. This also ensures that you have a safe place to retreat when your allergies are acting up. Make sure you keep your door closed so you pet doesn't sneak in when you aren't looking.

3. Run an Air Purifier

If you don't have an air purifier in your home, it is time to get one. Running an air purifier is one way to remove pet allergens from the air in your home. For the best results, try to run the air purifier at least four hours a day. Depending on the size of your home and configuration of the rooms, you may need to purchase more than one air purifier.

Look for an air purifier that comes with a HEPA or electrostatic filter. It is important to note that the air purifier only removes allergens in the air, not the ones on the hard surfaces in your home.

4. Outsource Your Pet's Grooming

Grooming your pet stirs up the allergens in your pet's fur. However, regular grooming is an easy way to help minimize the spread of your pet's dander. Take your pet to a professional groomer for its baths and any trims that it may require.

Avoid brushing your pet yourself. Instead, have a friend, family member, or pet sitter take your pet outside and give it a thorough brushing. If you must brush your pet yourself, wear a dust mask. Never brush your pet inside the house. The dander that is released when you brush your pet can spread through your house with ease.

5. Clean Your House More Frequently

Pet allergens accumulate on the hard surfaces in your home, like the walls, floor, furniture, and even your ceiling. Fortunately, you can remove these allergens by giving these hard surfaces a thorough scrubbing. Use a cloth or brush and warm soapy water to rid these surfaces of allergens.

If you aren't certain that your allergy issues are from your pet, visit a local allergist for comprehensive allergy testing. That way, you can identify the source of the allergen effectively.


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