Dog Allergy Prevention Tips for
Unfortunately, there are no cures
for dog allergies. However, there are several things you can do to make
life with your dog more comfortable
1. Wash your hands frequently.
Wash your hands with soap and hot
water immediately after handling your dog. If you are unable to wash
your hands right away, avoid touching your hands with your face
especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you have severe allergies and
are in close contact with your dog, you may need to take frequent
showers and change your clothes throughout the day.
2. Feed your dog a well-balanced
Your dog's diet should include
some natural fat. This fat helps to make your dog's skin less dry,
resulting in less shedding. Talk to your vet about his recommendations
on how to safely add fat to his diet.
3. Don't allow your dog in the
This tip takes a lot of
discipline, but it does make a big impact on your reaction to allergies.
Keeping your bedroom door closed is ideal because it keeps airborne
particles away. Sleep on mattresses and pillows with hypoallergenic
polyester fillings. Also, as an extra precaution, cover your pillows,
mattresses, and box springs with plastic, zippered, allergy-proof
4. Brush your dog often.
It is ideal to brush your dog
daily. However, if you suffer from allergies, you'll need to give
another family member the responsibility of brushing the dog. If
possible, the dog should be brushed outdoors. If you live alone with
your dog, consider taking him to a professional groomer. You could wear
a dust mask and gloves for brushing him in between grooming visits.
5. Bathe your dog often.
Check your dog's current shampoo.
It should be hypoallergenic or oatmeal based shampoo. If it's not, try
switching brands. If your allergies can't handle the bathing, have
another family member be responsible for giving baths. Or, have your dog
visit a groomer.
6. Wash your dog's belongings.
Get into the habit of washing your
dog's bed, blankets, and toys on a weekly basis either by hand with a
safe soap or in the washing machine.
7. Check your vacuum.
Make sure your vacuum cleaner has
a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Air) filtration system. This type of
system will help pull up and trap more of your dog's dander from the
Note: vacuuming is recommended
over sweeping because sweeping can stir the dander into the air, rather
than trapping and removing it.
8. Have carpets cleaned regularly.
Even though you use a vacuum
cleaner with a HEPA filtration system, it is important to still have
your carpets steam-cleaned throughout the year. Try to have this done at
9. Dust often.
Use a damp cloth to wipe down
surfaces such as tables, shelves, window sills, wall hangings, lamps,
and other furniture and accessories. If necessary, wear a dust mask as
10. Keep the air fresh.
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