Dog Allergies

Do you suffer from dog allergies but can’t bring yourself to part with your pampered puppy? Find yourself constantly sneezing or itching due to your pet dog? Many humans today suffer the effects of dander allergies caused when they come into contact with proteins that are part of their dog’s saliva, skin or hair. These reactions can cause sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and many more irritating symptoms. The good news is these dog allergy effects can be reduce through several methods. First, it’s important to understand just what causes allergies. Allergies are caused when a person’s body has a misinterpretation to harmless airborne particles entering the body. Often, dander, dust or pollen reactions can cause these “false alarms” in many peoples’ bodies, triggering the various irritations.

Tips to minimize your dog allergies:

– Consider taking a daily antihistamine to relieve allergy symptoms.

– Keep your place clean, often – To minimize dog allergies in your home, it’s recommended you sweep floors and vacuum the carpet on a daily basis.  Additionally, wipe down your furniture on a regular basis and was your bedding in hot water.  This will help to remove loose dog hair where allergens are.  Also, learn how to get rid of dust mites which survive well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, so you can cut down on your allergies.  While house dust mites are not directly involved in dog allergies, they can contribute to asthma and other allergy problems which people experience. Reducing them will further help cut down on allergic reactions.

– Use hard floors instead of carpeting – Consider replacing your carpet in the home with hardwood flooring. Carpet tends to trap fur and dander well. If you’d rather keep the carpet, consider steam cleaning your carpet frequently.

– Use solid window coverings – Rather than use cloth draperies or traditional curtains which trap the airborne particles, consider using wood, metal or plastic for your window coverings.

– Use plastic covers for mattresses and pillows – These will reduce allergens where you sleep, giving you potentially more restful sleep at night.

– Perform flea control – Dead fleas leave carcasses on dogs’ coats which many people are allergic to. Use top quality flea collars, sprays and medications to help protect your dog from flea infestations.

– Perform routine pet grooming – Give your dog regular baths and grooming sessions. Use hypoallergenic shampoo as well as a wire brush to remove loose hair. Use puppy wipes on your dog in between baths. Make sure to wear a protective mask when doing the grooming so you can avoid breathing in the allergens. Another good tip is to do the grooming outside if it’s possible.

-Have a safe, allergy free room – Dedicate one room of your dwelling as a safehaven. You may prefer this to be your master bedroom, but it will be a room you can retreat to, free of allergies.

By using the above tips you can begin to reduce the allergens in your home and continue to coexist with the pet dog you love. if you don’t have a dog yet and are thinking twice due to your allergies, you can also choose from many hypoallergenic types of dogs.

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