Being a pet owner comes with many perks – such as having your furry companion always by your side, whether you’re feeling good or under the weather. However, there are also some responsibilities that come with the territory. You need to look after their training, veterinary care, and give them your time, attention and compassion.
In addition to that, statistically speaking, approximately 15 percent of the population is allergic to cats and dogs. On the other hand, while you might be suffering from other allergies, living with a pet can worsen the severity of your condition.
Common symptoms are sneezing, itchy eyes, or worsening of asthma symptoms, and so on. During the summer, in particular, it can be really difficult to keep your house clean, as, during the warmer months, pets tend to shed more fur.
To that end, do factor in the following tips if you want to keep your home healthy and clean when living with pets.
Get suitable pets for allergy sufferers
If you have asthma or an allergy, most doctors will recommend that you don't get a pet at all. However there are some recommended pets for allergy sufferers that you can choose from as they produce little to no animal dander.
For dogs, there are several breeds that produce or release less allergens into the air due to their fur and skin composition. For example the Kerry Blue Terrier, Bichon Frise, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, and Bergamasco.
For cat lovers, there are a few breeds that are more tolerated by asthma and allergy sufferers. These include the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex, Sphynx, and Balinese cats.
If you love rabbits, the Rex rabbits would be the most suited to allergy sufferers than any other mammal. This breed is known for having a low shed count due to the plushness of its fur, therefore producing less dander.
Alternatively, the best pets for allergy and asthma sufferers are those that don't produce dander at all. These include fish, turtles, lizards, geckos, and iguanas.
Of course, getting a pet of any kind is a long-term commitment so remember to do your research on your allergy sensitivity, the breed of the animal, and any alternative remedies that you would be willing to use before you make the big decision to adopt a new family member.
Groom Your Pets on a Regular Basis
This is, perhaps, the first thing you should do to keep your house in top shape. This is critical for maintaining your pet’s cleanliness and is of utmost importance for long-haired breeds of dogs or cats. Brushing, for example, is especially beneficial for removing dead hair, dandruff, and dirt. Plus, brushing reduces shedding.
Invest in a Robot Vacuum
Without a doubt, pet owners, especially those dealing with allergies, know that a robot vacuum is a must-buy purchase. It is utterly convenient and practical. That’s because it allows you to keep your house clean, even when you don’t have the time to vacuum. We all have overcrowded schedules – therefore, such a device is a long-term investment that will pay off eventually.
An Air Purifier Can Do Wonders
An air purifier that utilizes special filters can have a significant impact on the quality of the breathable air inside your house. To that end, there are specific filters that eliminate pet dander. Did you know that removing pet dander from the air can significantly diminish the severity of your allergic reactions, while cutting down their frequency?
What about A HEPA Vacuum?
A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum is different from a typical vacuum. That’s because it targets really small, micron-sized particles. Typically, a HEPA filter is capable of trapping roughly 99.97 percent of airborne particles, as long as they’re larger than 0.3 microns.
When you shop for a vacuum cleaner, make sure you check that it has a built-in HEPA filter. This means that when you're vacuuming your floors or upholstery, you're not re-introducing micro-dust into the air. This will help tremendously in reducing your risk of getting an allergy while cleaning your home.
Create a Pet-Free Area inside the House
Although this solution might seem rather cruel, especially if you allow your pets to roam the house, it might be beneficial if you’re prone to allergies. For example, something as simple as keeping your pets from entering your bedroom will prevent the hairs from getting stuck on the pillows, bed sheets, and so on.
These basic tips should make living with a pet easier – even if you’re suffering from asthma or allergies. Remember that as long as you clean up your house regularly, and you don’t overlook grooming your furry companion, half of the problem is solved.
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