Put a Paws on Pet Dander:
Tips for Handling the Hair

Baz Team

June 21, 2024

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Allergies and pets can be a brutal combination … here’s a handy Q&A to make sure you’re able to enjoy your furry friend while staying symptom-free. 

Q: What is pet dander and why is it a problem?

A: Pet dander consists of tiny flakes of skin shed by pets like cats, dogs and birds. These microscopic particles can trigger allergic reactions in some people, causing symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes and asthma. The dry climate in the Central Valley can make dander more airborne, increasing the likelihood of allergic responses.

Q: How can I reduce pet dander in my home?

A: Reducing pet dander starts with regular grooming. Brush your pets frequently, ideally outside, to remove loose fur and reduce dander. Bathing your pets with pet-friendly shampoos can also help minimize dander on their coats. Keeping your home clean is crucial—vacuum regularly using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and don’t forget to wash pet bedding, curtains, and other fabrics that can trap dander.

Q: Are there any tools that can help manage pet dander?

A: Yes, investing in a high-quality air purifier with a HEPA filter can significantly reduce airborne dander in your home. Place air purifiers in rooms where your pets spend the most time. You can also try using dust mite covers on mattresses and pillows to help minimize exposure to allergens.

Q: What are some practical steps to take after handling pets?

A: After handling your pets, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of dander. Changing your clothes after cuddling your pets, especially before going to bed, can also help reduce your exposure to allergens.

Q: Should I consider making any areas of my home pet-free?

A: Designating certain areas as pet-free zones, like your bedroom, can provide you with a sanctuary from allergens. Training your pets to stay off furniture and out of specific rooms can also reduce the spread of dander.

Q: When should I seek professional help for pet allergies?

A: If your efforts to manage pet dander at home aren’t enough, it might be time to seek professional help. Baz Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center offers comprehensive allergy testing, medications and allergy shot options to help you manage pet allergies effectively.

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Living with pets doesn’t have to mean living with allergies. If you’re struggling with pet dander, book a consultation with us today!

This entry was posted in Allergies, Allergy, Allergy Treatment, Asthma on June 21, 2024 by Baz Team.

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