Having a pet at home can bring a change in your living situation. You must be ready to adjust a bit for your pet, especially for our fur babies. Living with a pet gives you a chance to play and cuddle with them, however, it will be a tough situation for people who have pet allergies.
In this blog, we will talk about ways on how to manage pet allergies when you are with your fur baby.
Let’s first define what allergens are. Allergens are a substance that triggers an allergy. The allergens are picked up by particular cells called antigen-presenting cells, which process them and allow them to be identified by and alert the innate immune system to their existence in the case of people with allergies.
- Cat saliva contains allergens, which adhere to fur when cats lick themselves. They are also secreted in the urine of male cats or released by glands in the skin and lost as dander. For the reason that the allergens are buoyant, they can readily stay in the air.
- Dander, as well as saliva, urine, and blood, include allergies from dogs. All breeds, including hairless dogs, can cause allergies, even though allergen levels vary by breed.
Allergens from pets are easily transferred. They can circulate in the air and linger for months on carpets and furniture. These microscopic particles could also be transferred into locations where there are no pets.
Things to know to manage pet allergies
- Cleaning is the most important thing to do when it comes to pet allergies. It is advisable to place your pets on areas with hard floors and furniture (although it will be heartbreaking to see your fur baby sleep on the floor) This will help you to clean those areas easily. You can use a damp cloth or floor maps to wipe those surfaces to make them clean. When it comes to your rugs and carpets, you can use a vacuum to clean them frequently. Lastly, you can use air filters to limit the spread and exposure to those allergens.
- Set boundaries with your fur babies. By doing this, it’ll help you to have less exposure to your allergens. You should also keep them in sections of your home with hard surfaces, such as linoleum or hardwood, to make cleaning up after them easier. Don’t allow them to go inside your bedroom, it’ll be hard for you to get a good sleep due to an allergic reaction.
- Over-the-counter medications are another option for dealing with pet allergies, and they can be quite successful. Antihistamines, which can help with itching and sneezing, are another option, depending on your medication. Also, allergy shots are a good alternative, but they don’t work for everyone.