One of the worst things a pet owner can realize is that they are allergic to their pet. Our bodies change as we grow, and sadly, that includes the development of allergies. You may not have been allergic to cats or pollen as a kid, but as an adult, it turns you into a sniffling, sneezing, red-eyed sufferer. It can be pretty sad. What do you do if you’re allergic to your pet?
Thankfully, there are ways to live with pets even if you have allergies. Here are a few things you can do to make your life easier.
Minimize the allergens in the home
Did you know that it’s not the fur or hair on your pet that’s the problem? It is actually the flakes of skin called dander that causes most allergic responses. That means if your cat or dog is bald, you can still be allergic.
More than that, you may actually be allergic to their saliva. Whether it is on the animal’s fur, or when it comes in direct contact with your skin, it can cause itching, redness or hives.
- Create a pet-free area in your home. Do not allow your pet in the pet-free area under any circumstances.
- Purchase a HEPA filtered vacuum.
- Get an allergy reducing air vent filter.
- Try using an air purifier for your home. Depending on the type you buy, they can help clean the air of allergens and pollutants.
- Remove carpeting, drapes and other fabric that traps animal dander. Tile or wood floors are much easier to clean of allergens.
- Clean your home frequently. Thoroughly clean surfaces that trap pet hair and dander, such as couch covers, pillows, and pet beds, in hot water.
- Bathe and groom your pet often. Keeping their coat clean and free of excess dander helps to keep it from spreading around the home.
- Wash hands after playing with a pet.
- Shower and shampoo before bed to avoid getting allergens on your pj’s and bedding.
Take care of your health and your pet’s health
Allergies are also directly affected by your diet. Studies have shown that symptoms show dramatic improvement when you follow an appropriate diet. Also, supplements such as probiotics have been known to help children from developing allergies in the first place. The good stomach bacteria helps train the immune system to be stronger. Talk to your doctor about a possible indoor/outdoor allergy medicine like Zyrtec.
Furthermore, feed your pet a diet rich in essential fatty acids to reduce shedding and dander. By keeping yourself and your pet healthy, you can help make life a little better.
It is hard being a pet lover and an allergy sufferer. You want to love on your pet, cuddle them, and love them forever. But, if it leaves you itching, sneezing or wheezing, it can make life almost unbearable. Try these tips and don’t give up. There are ways you can still enjoy your pet!