In our last blog, we pointed out an unfortunate truth about being a pet owner. In many cases, it can negatively impact your health to own an animal with feathers or fur. As we mentioned, it’s not the feathers or fur that’s the problem. It’s that these bodily coatings often carry allergens that eventually become airborne. As a result, the air that we breathe becomes affected. This is especially a problem for those with asthma and allergies.
According to the American Lung Association, “animals with fur may be more likely to carry allergens from other sources, like dust, but the fur itself is generally not a trigger. For that reason, short-haired or hairless animals contribute dander and allergens to indoor air pollution just as effectively as long-haired animals do. There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog or cat.” So how can pet owners protect themselves?
Here are five ways to minimize the effects of pet dander:
1. Give away your pet. We’ve decided to list the most obvious solution first. However, we also recognize that it’s not one that most pet owners are likely to follow, no matter how bad their allergies may be. The American Lung Association notes, however, that “pet allergens may stay in the home for months after the pet is gone because the allergens remain in house dust. Allergy and asthma symptoms may take weeks or even months to improve.”
2. Become a consummate cleaner. Okay, so there’s no way you’re going to give up your familial bond with Fido or Fluffy. We get it. In that case, you’ll need to pay extra special attention to the cleaning routines of your home. As you may have guessed, removing pet dander will take a little bit of extra effort than your regular clean. FreeDrinkingWater.com advises that you regularly vacuum your carpets, furniture, and upholstery with HEPA filters.
3. Pay greater attention to personal hygiene. Pet owners – especially very loving and affectionate ones – need to be mindful of how often they come into contact with their pets. After every interaction, it’s wise to wash your hands thoroughly. FreeDrinkingWater.com also recommends that you wear gloves and a mask when you are grooming your pets. It’s also best to keep your pets out of your bedroom so that they are not impacting the area where you sleep.
4. Regularly change and wash bedding materials. To further the last point made, it’s important to consider just how much time you spend sleeping. There’s a lot of breathing going on at night. And you don’t want it impacted by pet dander. FreeDrinkingWater.com advises that you both wash your pets and their bedding often, but also try to use allergen-protecting bedding encasements for yourself.
5. Find love with a furless animal. To reiterate an earlier-made point, we know that it’s not easy parting with a beloved pet. But, in worst case scenarios when you are suffering severely from symptoms associated with pet dander, it is in your best interest to consider another type of pet. Perhaps, setting up a fish tank is in order? FreeDrinkingWater.com highly suggests that you “get pets without feathers or fur (such as fish), if possible.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we believe in providing our clients with the means to enjoy the purest indoor air quality possible. If you feel that pet dander may be negatively affecting your health, it’s important to locate all areas of the problem in your home. We offer Air Quality Services that provide such thorough inspections. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.