You may love your pet, but can you keep your dog if you happen to find out that you’re allergic to them? The answer is maybe; if your allergies are especially severe, then maybe owning a dog isn’t for you. However, if you already have a dog in your home, then what you need to know is how to get rid of dog allergies or at least to reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Actually, you can’t get rid of your allergies as such, but there are steps you can take to reduce the impact of your allergies. From medication to simple things you can do around your home, you may be able to live in peace with Spot after all – even if you’re allergic. What you’re really allergic to is not your pet’s fur; it’s their saliva, urine and excretions from their glands that’s triggering your red eyes, sneezing and other symptoms. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you can do to help reduce your allergic reaction to your pet.
- If you’re not already taking allergy medication to alleviate your symptoms, now is the time to start. There are over the counter products which may work well for you (many people find relief from over the counter decongestants and antihistamines); but you should speak with your physician about your allergies and follow his or her recommendations.
- The severity of your allergies will be greatly reduced by bathing your dog on a regular basis, about once a week. However, if your allergies make this difficult, then you may want to take your pet to a professional groomer to be bathed or have a family member or friend take on bath time duty.
- As much as you may want to snuggle with your dog on the couch, you’re not doing yourself or anyone else in your home who happens to be allergic any favors by letting your pet on the furniture. Keep them off and you’ll find your symptoms will ease up somewhat.
- If you have carpet, take it out. Carpet can trap pet dander, essentially ensuring that your home is filled with allergy-triggering materials at all times. Pull up the carpets and you’ll feel better; you may find that you prefer hardwood floor to sneezing all the time as well.
- Regular, thorough cleaning will remove much of the dander which triggers your allergies. Even the tidiest of dogs will leave dander in the environment, but regular cleaning can go a long way towards improving the problem and alleviating your suffering.
- An air purifier with a HEPA filter can remove much of the allergens from the air in your home, which should do wonders for your allergies and hopefully, allow you and your beloved pet to live together in peace.
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