Dealing with Dog Allergies
Living with dog allergies is a difficult challenge for millions of dog lovers who are willing to tolerate the sneezing and itching rather than getting rid of what they consider a family member. However, there are a number of steps that people who suffer from dog allergies can take to minimize the agony as much as possible.
- Pet grooming. Bathing and brushing your dog can significantly reduce dog allergies. If at all possible, the person in the household with the dog allergies should not be the one handling the bathing and brushing. Don’t bathe the dog more than once a week or you risk drying out the skin, which will trigger more problems. For someone along with their pet, regular trips to the groomer is the best bet.
- Pet diet. There are two benefits that can be derived through the pet’s diet. First, a healthy pet will lead to a healthier coat and minimize shedding. The more a dog sheds, the more tiny proteins are released into the air. Allergens from the dog’s saliva are released in the form of dander or bacteria, when the saliva dries on the dog’s fur. Second, there are dietary products that can help to limit non-seasonal shedding.
- Wash hands often. In addition to dander, your dog’s saliva is another common source for dog allergies. While the dog lover in you may enjoy licking and kissing from your pet, this can cause dog allergies to flare up. Limit the limit and kissing and wash your hands after touching your dog.
- Create a dog-free area. The ideal choice is your bedroom, but you may also want to consider a study or office. An area where your dog is not allowed is a place you can retreat to during times when your dog allergies are causing you the most problems.
- Take care of carpeting. Carpeted areas of your home serve to collect dog dander. Make the choice to either switch over to flooring other than carpets or vacuum at least daily to remove as much dander as possible from carpeting, which is not easy to do.
- Find an allergist. There are two issues here. First, you want to be sure that you do, indeed, suffer from dog allergies. Then, you want your allergist to help you battle the effects of dog allergies. One likely method includes allergy shots, which can reduce the symptoms if successful. Other methods include steroids, nose sprays and other medications.