Allergy To Dogs
Living With A Dog Allergy
people with an allergy to dogs, allergy season lasts all year. A dog is without a doubt man's best friend, which is why it is so devastating when people find out
that they have allergies to the dogs they love.
There are no words to describe how
devastating it is to have to choose between your health and the furriest member of your family. This is the
reality for many doting pet owners each year. But there is good news for dog owners;
living with dog allergies is possible. As long as the person is not experiencing a serious
allergic reaction, like asthma attacks or severe hives, they stand a good chance of being able to deal with
their allergy to dogs in a safe and painless way.
Medical findings have made it easier to lessen the allergic reaction of dog allergies.
Doctors have found that allergy medication can reduce your symptoms. But they also say that medication alone
will probably not be the complete answer to your allergy to dogs.
Wash your dog at least
monthly to remove pet dander. Brush your dog daily to remove loose hair. Do this chore outdoors when
the weather permits. A tool I like to use for brushing my dogs is the FURminator Short Hair deShedding Too...
. There are models for long hair, short hair and in-between.
This amazing tool really gets a huge amount of loose hair off the
Launder pet beds in hot soapy water several times a week. Large towels or
small blankets make nice, washable beds. Dog Whisperer by Cesar Millan Round ...
. There are also some excellent pet beds available that are durable and
Invest in a good vacuum cleaner that is designed to pick up pet hair,
especially if you have carpeting. My favorite and the one I own is
the Dyson DC25 Animal Ball-Technology Up... This vacuum truly does pick up
an amazing amount of dog hair from my wood floors as well as the carpet in my bedroom.
Invest in an air purifier. We did this and it has made such a difference
in our air quality and helped to lessen the stuffiness we suffer from due to sharing our home with four
dogs and two birds. These are air
purifiers we recommend.
Keep your dog out of your bedroom. This can be difficult. Ask
me how I know! We sleep with two Labs which definitely contributes to stuffed up sinuses in the
morning and a not so restful sleep. In this case, I'm better at telling others what to do than
actually doing it myself. I just can't say no, but hopefully you can. It will help.
However, if you do give in to the pleading eyes and whimpers, encourage the dog to sleep on his own bed
or place a shhet across your bed for him to slumber on. Then you can just toss it in the wash on
a regular basis. Be sure to move the air purifier I mentioned earlier, into the bedroom at
night. Better yet, buy an extra one to keep there.
If you are just
considering adding a dog to your family, check out Hypoallergenic Dogs for some suggested breeds least
likely to cause problems for those with an allergy to
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