June 26th is National Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD). Your dog, or cat, can be your best friend. But if you have allergies or asthma, the can also be your worse enemy. Pets shed dander, a combination of hair and dead skin cells, which can trigger reactions in people who are sensitive. You can’t just get rid of Fido or Fluffy though. So how do you cut down on the amount of pet allergens that are floating around your home?
Keep Your Pet Off Upholstered Furniture. Furniture and fabrics can trap pet dander. Vacuum these items more often than normal. If your pet has its own bed or blanket, vacuum these frequently also.
Change Furnace Filters. Change your furnace filter more frequently than normal. Consider switching to a HEPA-rated filter. Purchase a room air cleaner for the room where your pet spends the majority of its time.
Bath Your Pet. You take a bath every day, your dog could stand one or two baths a week. Researchers have found that a simple bath reduced a dog’s dander by about 85%. But in only 3 days allergen levels returned to normal.
Clean That Cage. Cages and pens should be cleaned at least once a week. Litter boxes should be emptied and cleaned frequently and placed away from living areas.