How to Deal With Pet Allergies

25 July, 2022  |  Raja

How to Deal With Pet Allergies

Pets are one of life's greatest blessings. They love you unconditionally, and the bond between us and our pets can last a lifetime. But sometimes, it can become hard to be around our pets due to allergies, and that can be difficult. Giving up a Pet is not an option for most of us, so we have to instead figure a way to keep allergies at bay.

46% of UK households own a pet. It is clear that we are a nation of pet lovers, but 1 in 4 of us suffer from pet-related allergies, with pet dander being one of the main allergens. Allergy from pets works the same way as any other allergy. Exposure to allergens can cause sneezing and a runny nose. Some people may also experience asthma signs, wheezing and difficulty breathing. If symptoms become severe, a doctor’s visit may become essential, and if things do not change, removing the pet may have to be the last option after all. 

To help you be healthy with your pets, we have listed below ways of how to deal with pet dander allergies. Read on to understand what triggers pet allergies, what helps with pet allergies, and which pet allergy treatment is best for you.  

Dander and Saliva 

dog shaking its fur

An allergy to pet dander or even saliva is an allergy to any pet. Dander is dead skin cells containing proteins that usually attack the eyes and airways and force an allergic reaction out of the body. Our immune system sees such foreign proteins as harmful, often resulting in asthmatic symptoms, allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the inside of the nose), eczema or urticarial (hives). Surprisingly, the hair or fur on an animal is not allergic. Instead, it can trap outside allergens such as pollen or dust. 

Most pet allergies are either from cats or dogs. However, people can develop allergies to many animals such as rabbits, small rodents, pet birds, and even horses. Allergens spread from pets by sticking to surfaces around the house. Any surface the pet has been near is likely to have allergens on it. When cleaning that surface or the pet, these allergens will get suspended in the air. For these reasons, allergens can remain in a home for up to six months, even after a pet is gone.

How To Cope With Pet Allergies

cleaning house while wearing a mask

Nobody wants to get rid of their pets. So now that we precisely know what triggers pet allergies let's discuss how to cope with pet allergies. Here are some 5 tips. 

  1. Allergy-Free Zone 

To cope with your allergies, your best bet is to have pet-free zones. Ideally, this should be your bedroom. Prohibit the pet’s access to it. This way, only limited areas in your house will have allergens. You can also add impermeable covers to all furniture in your room. As a result, no dust or pet dander will settle into the fabrics either. 

You can install HEPA air cleaners where you and your pet spend most of the time. These filters read nearly 100% of micro allergens in the air. Always remember to change filters and take special care of these filters. 

  1. Keep Things Clean

Frequently cleaning your house and vacuuming can keep allergens from piling up in your home. A vacuum that can trap allergens instead of redistributing them through the air is usually what regular hand dusting does. Once you have the right vacuum, empty it outside in your outdoor garbage to prevent the spreading of the trapped allergens in your home. If you plan on cleaning the furniture, you should do that outside as well while wearing protective clothing. 

  1. Groom and Bathe Pets 

It goes without saying, but remember to bathe and groom your pets regularly. Wash your pet at least once every two to three months is generally the right amount. However, if they genuinely need a bath, once a month or once a week is fine as well. Everything depends on the type of pet, how active they are, and the surroundings.

Frequent bathing removes the dead skin flakes from your pet’s skin and can reduce allergens by as much as 84%. Remember always to use shampoo meant for your pet. You can contact a vet if you do not know which products to use. 

  1. Hypoallergic Breeds