If you or someone in your household is one of the unfortunate souls to suffer with pet allergies, it can be hard to share your home with a furry friend. With our tips on reducing your pet allergy symptoms, you can hopefully find some relief without the need to rehome your pet:

Bathe and Groom Regularly 

Most pet allergies are caused by dander. Brushing and grooming your pet regularly can help decrease the amount of dander that makes it into the air. If possible, you should bathe your pet at least once a week (preferably twice). Brush your pet’s coat daily to get rid of any excess hair or skin that might bring on further problems. This is best performed by a person without an allergy, but if you don’t have a choice, be sure to wear a mask while doing it. The person suffering from the allergy should also thoroughly wash their hands and face after interacting with the animal. 

Invest in a Good Air Filter

Air filters can help catch excess hair and dander before they find their way into your nose or lungs. Strong air filters essentially vacuum the air to remove these allergens before they cause you too much discomfort. Here’s a list of some of the top performing air filters for pet allergies. Be sure you change the filter every three months to ensure that it is working as effectively as possible.

Clean Your Home Regularly

The more you can minimize the presence of hair, dander, and other allergens, the more you can reduce pet allergy symptoms. Vacuum your home at least once a week (but more often if possible). You might want to invest in a robot vacuum that works well on pet hair so you can minimize your workload. There are also vacuums with built-in HEPA filters that can tackle common allergens. Dust regularly and use a pet hair catcher on the furniture. If you have a cat allergy, be sure to empty the litter box frequently. You should also try to avoid adding other potential allergens like cigarette smoke, pollen, or mold to your home environment. 

Keep Pets Out of the Bedroom

If you want to sleep soundly with pet allergies, it is important to make your bedroom an animal-free zone. Set up a strong air filter in the room and be sure to run it whenever you are in there. Pay extra attention when cleaning rugs and curtains, as they may have caught some extra hair and dander. 

Ask Your Veterinarian for Food Recommendations

There are certain foods and supplements that can help reduce pet dander. Talk to your veterinarian to get recommendations for your pet so you can start to find relief for your own pet allergies

Talk to Your Doctor

There are certain allergy therapies that can help you overcome your symptoms and live in harmony with your furry friend. Antihistamines, prescription medication, and immunotherapy shots can all offer relief. Your doctor will be able to determine the best kind of treatment for your specific pet allergy symptoms
At Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, we want you and your pets to have a happy and healthy life together. From pet resources to specialty veterinary services, we are always here for you. Call (248) 334‑6877 to learn more.