8 Medication-Free Tips To Help If You're Allergic To Your Dog

  • 16/02/2019

Pet allergies can cause coughing, breathing problems, runny eyes, and even skin problems. Many allergic dog owners opt for a regime of daily allergy medication, but these have side effects. There are plenty of healthy, natural ways to minimize the risk of allergy exposure.

1. Get An Air Purifier

The average HEPA air purifier gets rid of 97-99% of toxins, allergens, pet dander and dust mites in the air. That drastically lowers your risk of an allergy attack, whether you suffer from seasonal, pet dander or asthma.

The type of air purifier you need depends on how you plan to use it. A small unit in your bedroom means you sleep easier in a home with animals. A larger unit can work wonders in a basement or attic area.

2. Wash Your Dogs

Washing your dog in regular warm water helps keep the amount of dander down, which cuts down on your allergy breakouts. Sticking to water also means being gentle on your pet's skin.

3. Extra Visits To The Groomer

Brushing your dog more often means they shed less. If you’re grooming at home, be sure to change and wash your clothes, and thoroughly vacuum and dust after you’re finished. Or take your dog to a professional groomer to ensure that you won’t leave hair around the house.

4. Wear Old Clothes

If you spend a lot of time with your pets, be sure to change clothes and thoroughly wash your hands and face when you’re done.

5. Try Leather Furniture

Speaking of getting on top of things, it’s tough to keep your pets off the furniture at all times. No matter how well-trained, sometimes, dogs will jump up and snuggle in for some nice cuddle time on the couch. Leather furniture is easy to clean. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth or disinfectant wipe whenever you need it.

6. Create a Dog-Free Space

The number one rule about dealing with allergies? Limit your exposure. Of course, that gets tough when the "exposure" lives with you. But it doesn’t need to be. Create a pet-free zone in your home, with closed doors, baby gates, and determined training.

7. Get Rid Of The Carpets

Carpets and rugs tend to collect everything from dust mites to skin cells, too, you guessed it: pet fur and dander. Hardwood is a lot easier to clean, and it’s much easier to spot the dust and animal hair that can lead to a serious allergic reaction on a smooth wooden floor.

8. Wash Your Dog's Bedding

Keeping your pet off your bed is a great way to cut down on allergies. Breathing difficulties can cause serious sleeping issues for allergy sufferers. Keep your pet’s bedding clean, by throwing it in the washer every week or so.

Try these natural methods for cutting down on pet dander and allergy attacks. You can keep your family healthy, without having to give up the one who will never give up on you.

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