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Pet dander is a very common cause of allergies. Dander is the dead skin cells and hair that your pet sheds. These are a common component of dust indoors if you have pets inside. Don't be alarmed though, the shedding of dead skin cells is completely normal. However, knowing that pet dander causes your pet allergies lets you take specific actions to prevent it.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
There are many different factors that contribute to having an allergic reaction to your pets. These include:
Saliva: Saliva is actually one of the most common causes of pet allergies! Although you may not think you are coming in cotact with much saliva, you actually are whenever you touch your dog or cat. This is because most animals lick themselves with their tongue in order to groom themselves. The dried saliva on their fur is actually what causes a lot of irritation and allergic reactions.
Pet Hair: Dogs and cats can shed hundreds of hairs on a daily basis just as people do. However, their hair tends to be much more noticeable and it seems to accumulate a lot easier. This shedding is especially noticeable if you are trying to pet your dog or cat.
Althought pet hair can be everywhere, it is not usually the cause of your pet allergy. Instead, it is the dander, or dead flakes of skin that come off along with the hair that is the problem. In addition, if pet hair is causing a problem, it is usually because the hair also has their saliva on it.
Urine: Urine can also be an irritant. Dogs and cats can actually have small amounts of unrine on them at any time. This is restult of the urine splashing back on their fur when they urinate on a tree, a fence, the grass, or even in a litterbox.
Brush Your Cat or Dog: Using a brush that is meant to assist with hair shedding can be great for you and your dog or cat. Your pet will often enjoy the experience and be appreciative that you helped remove the extra weight and grime of accumulated hairs from their coat. This should be done outside if possible, and shed hairs should be disposed of so they cannot become an irritant for you later. Also, you should consider taking an antihistamine if your allergies are very prone to reacting while you are petting your pet. Be sure to wash your hands and face immediately after you are finished to prevent a delayed reaction from the contact.
Keep Pets Off The Furniture: Dogs can easily be trained to stay off the furniture. For cats, it can be more difficult. Keeping pets off the future will help prevent you from having an allergic reaction from the pet dander and pet hair that would otherwise accumulate on those surfaces.
Keep Pets Out of the Bedroom: Many people enjoy allowing their pets in their room at night. It can be enjoyable having their dog or cat sleep on the foot of the bed. however, this can also be a major cause of allergies at night, and waking up with a poor nights sleep. Pet allergens do not stay isolated at the end of the bed. They will make their way around as you move and disturb the covers. This is especially true if you have a pet that sleeps near your face, or beside you during the night. For your own sake, and for the treatment of your allergies, keep your pets out of your bedroom and keep the door closed at all times.
Grooming Your Dog: Cutting your dogs hair can reduce the amount of hair that the dog sheds indoors. It also makes it easier for your dog to shed naturally, so that you don't get a handful of hair if you decide to pet your dog.
Bathing Your Dog: Bathing your dog regularly can also reduce the number of allergens that come off in your home. However, you should look up the specifics about your type of dog and whether there are certain things you should take in to account before bathing them. Some dogs should not be bathed too frequently.
In addition to the steps above, there are other ways to reduce the occurance of pet allergies. This includes regular cleaning of your home and using an air purifier to remove allergens form the air. Pet hair and dander that come off of your pet become parts of the dust and debris that settles around your home waiting to be stirred up. Allergic reactions can still occur even when you do not come in contact with your pets. By regularly cleaning, or removing this debris from the air, you can minimize the occurance of allergic reactions.