Everyone loves pets. If you have a pet, then you know the special feeling of being greeted with a wagging tail and a few licks to your face. But some people love pets from a distance. This is because as soon as they come close with furry friends, they start sneezing or coughing and, at the worst, have trouble breathing.
There are always some friends and family members who are allergic to pets. And while some TV shows have created a huge drama about whether a pet owner should choose the pet or his/her loved one that is really not the case.
All you need to follow are some simple tricks and ways which will help you to make your home allergy-proof so that your loved ones do not suffer due to their allergies to pets.
Take out the vacuum and clean your house well. If you aren’t able to do so, then keep the pets away from guest bedrooms, and upholstered furniture. You can limit your pet’s access to carpets and rugs and focus on cleaning the areas where your pet spends most of the time.
Ventilation is The Key
Besides cleaning your house well, it is also essential to keep your home well ventilated at all times. Open the windows and use a window fan if you have one. This way, your house will be well ventilated. But make sure to pair this hack with the cleaning.
Use an Air Purifier
This trick may not be for people who have a tight budget as air-purifier can be expensive. But if you do want to buy one, buy an air-purifier with a HEPA filter, which will remove at least 99.97 percent of airborne particles.
You can put the air-purifier in the living room or in the guestroom where your guests will spend most of their time.
Don’t Forget To Bathe Your Dog
You must bathe your dog, either yourself or have a professional groomer do it right before a visit by guests so that allergens and dander can be reduced.
Brush Your Cat
Although most cats don’t tolerate bathing, but if yours does, then use a hypoallergenic shampoo for bathing. However, regularly brushing your cat is usually sufficient to decrease the amount of dander and hair that is shed in the cat’s environment.
Store Allergy Medicine
It doesn’t hurt to stock some over-the-counter allergy medicines in your house for guests with allergy issues.
Keep Your Pets in another Room
If your visitor’s allergies are really bad, then it is time to find a kennel or have your pet in a different room.
Or Have an Allergy-Free Zone
You can create an allergy-free zone in your home. Preferably, make the allergic person’s room allergy free and prohibit pet’s access to it.
Lessen the Carpets
Focus on removing as much carpet as you can as it catches more of dander. Go for cloth curtains and blinds, which are less dander-catching furnishings.
Some additional treatments for allergies to pets include immunotherapy. It is essential to find an allergist who understands your commitment to living with pets.
A combination of all these approaches will help you succeed in making your home allergy-proof and living comfortably with your furry friends. It is really worth to preserve the bond between you and your pet by checking if you are truly allergic to your pet, and if you are, try these solutions.