The American Pet Products Association has estimated that approximately 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned by Americans. Now that is a pretty big number. Being a pet owner is not easy; you have an extra member of the family to cater to and it especially makes it more difficult when you have allergies. There are, however, a few things that you can do to keep on enjoying the love and companionship that a pet gives and not suffer too much from your allergies.
If you start sneezing whenever you are close to a dog or when a cat rubs against your leg, it is important to actually find out what you are allergic to. Pet allergies can be tricky and it is important to understand what allergens cause your immune system to react.
Once you know that you are allergic to a specific animal, an option is to go through allergen immunotherapy, otherwise known as allergy shots. This is a long-term treatment that decreases sensitivity to allergens and can even sometimes lead to long-lasting relief, even after treatment has stopped. If you just can’t live without your furry companion, this could be the way to go.
Another approach to lessen the impact of your allergies is to create an allergy-free zone. This means that you designate a specific area where your pet cannot access and will give you a little break. You could close off all bedroom doors, for example, or train your pet not to enter specific areas. Consider using anti-allergy bedding to add that extra protection to your “safe area.” However, if you are like most pet owners, keeping your pet separated from where you are in the house could be too difficult. More than likely, you want to have your pet with you!
Groom Your Pet
We frequently hear the term “hypoallergenic” and believe that we have found the perfect pet, but the truth is that all pets are allergenic (cause allergies). There are some pets that produce fewer allergies than others, but a pet that doesn’t cause allergies does not exist. This is because animal’s glands produce small allergy-triggering proteins called allergens. We can find these allergens in the animal’s fur, saliva, and urine.
Grooming your pet frequently can help get rid of the allergens on your pet’s fur by up to 84%. There are many products that claim to get rid of allergens just by spraying your furry friend, but in all honesty the best way to keep your pet clean is a weekly bath. And you’ll be surprised to see your cat getting used to a bath pretty fast.
State of the Art Total Cleaning Solutions
Another great option to helping you deal with allergies is to invest in cleaning technology. Remember, the allergens are found in your friend’s fur so it is a good idea to invest in a good cleaning system for your house. A great product that is available right now is the Aqua Air central vac system. This is hands-down the best vacuum for pet hair—it is so easy to use and leaves the carpets and floors spotless. Using the Aqua Air central vacuum system means that when you clean the pet hair off your floor, it literally leaves your home. You won’t need to worry about shaking out a container full of allergens into a garbage can. It is a true solution to ridding your home of pet allergens.
Also, a tip for veterinarians, animal shelters or pet groomers, the Aqua Air is also available to ease the hard labor of having to clean the facilities every day and makes the job just a little bit easier. It truly is the best pet vacuum for home and office.
If you love your pets, even though you or a member of your family suffers from those nasty allergies, there are a few things that you can do. Also, if you want more information about the Aqua Air, give us a call today to find out how we can help you get rid of pet allergens.