As loving cat owners agree, nothing beats having a furry
friend at home. Tension relief, stress reduction, and companionship are
significant benefits that pets provide. However, that furry face you look
forward to seeing at the end of the day can also cause problems. Animals can
exacerbate Las Vegas allergies, among others in your home, even if they don’t
affect you. What most people don’t realize is that animal fur is not the main
problem. The problem primarily lies with a protein found in your pet’s dander
and saliva. You may not realize how dirty your house has become until a visitor
arrives. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to clean up your house when you
Wash Your Pet
Since an animal’s skin and saliva can trigger an allergic
reaction, one of the best ways to solve the problem of pet-induced allergies is
by keeping your pet clean. Experts recommend washing your cat or dog at least
once each week to curtail allergens. Your veterinarian can recommend a shampoo
if you’re not sure what kind to get. If your cat doesn’t like to be washed, or
if you don’t have the time to clean your cat, consider a professional groomer.
If you hire a groomer, be sure to ask him or her to wash your cat’s face and
ears in addition to the rest of the body. In between weekly washings you can
use a hypo-allergenic wipe on your pet to remove allergens.
Use a Filter
A plug-in air filter combats tiny allergy-producing
particles in the air. Filters can be placed throughout the house for better air
quality control. Once filters were a more costly means of keeping the air in
your home clean. Now, filters are more affordable and, therefore, a practical
option if you’re looking to eliminate cat dander from your home. At a minimum,
filters should be placed in your home’s guest bedroom and in common areas where
everyone likes to spend time. For optimal effect, you should start running them
several days in advance before visitors arrive.
Do a Thorough Cleaning
One of the most effective ways to prevent cat dander from
spreading around the house is to clean every crack and crevice in your site
where dander can quickly start to accumulate. One of the simplest but most
effective ways to eliminate dander, therefore, is to clean your house
thoroughly. That includes dusting all surfaces (ceilings, walls, baseboards,
and solid furniture), then wiping down the area with a rag and all-purpose
cleaner. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies.
If you or a family member are
suffering from pet allergies, it’s time to get the situation under control.
Just contact Dr. Tottori, a pediatric
immunologist Las Vegas and an acclaimed allergist committed to making
patients feel better. Call (702) 240 4233 or visit www.tottoriallergy.com today to make an
appointment for yourself or a family member.