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Pets & Allergies & Your Home
If you or a family member are allergic to pets, don’t despair. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot keep pets. If your allergy isn’t very serious and your doctor says you can have pets but with extra care, you simply have to stick to a few rules and enjoy being a pet owner.
Explore the allergy
This is absolutely the first step. Before you get a pet, you should be able to answer these questions.
What exactly triggers your allergy? Just pet dander or something else as well?
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
What seasons are your allergies worst in?
Are you allergic to both long- and short-haired animals?
If you know the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to understand your limitations and make a better choice for a pet, one that will minimally affect your allergies. Your doctor could help you with a full description of your allergy issues – they could even suggest you the appropriate type and breed of pet.
Maybe you already have allergy medication. If you don’t, you are advised to visit an allergist to get some. Medication can be prescribed or bought over the counter, depending on the severity or the allergy. Anyway, you should make sure you take the medication regularly to keep the symptoms under control.
This is almost like medication – practically essential. Air-cleaners silently filter air and clean it from pet dust, dander and microbes. There is a huge variety in types and brands. As we said, consider an air-cleaner indispensable.
This is especially important for the days when you allergy is giving you a hard time. Having a place that is absolutely free of pet dander will be your oasis. To secure this, there must be a place in the house where pets will have no access at all.
Cleanliness up to par
This will make your life so much easier. If your pet sheds a lot, you can never do enough vacuuming and dusting. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will ensure the allergens don’t escape the vacuum cleaner bag. It would be very good to have your home professionally deep-cleaned every month – that way it will be impossible for hair and dander to pile over time.
Your pet should also be kept clean. That is part and parcel of being a responsible pet owner, but it also alleviates allergy symptoms. You dog or cat should be washed weekly and litter boxes which are inside the home should also be kept clean and regularly washed. If you pet is in a cage, the cage should also be clean and tidy. That will stop germs and pet dander from spreading around the house.
If you have pet allergies and would like to have your home professionally cleaned, Maid This! can help you. We are a reputable cleaning service in Los Angeles that has availabilities for any time that suits you. We have flat rates and we are always ready to take special requests. Feel free to call us today or fill out the form to get a fast and free quote. We are eager to show you why we are the best.