Friday, April 13, 2012

Living with Pet Allergies

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Via Fox News Latino - Allergies to pets are common, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have pets. You can keep your four-legged friend in your home if your allergies are not life threatening.

Dr. Eduarda Krieger, practicing veterinarian at Washington Animal Hospital in New York City, recommends going to the doctor to find out what triggers your allergies. Your doctor may recommend antihistamines and steroids to help you manage your allergies.

Here are some tips from Dr. Krieger to help keep your allergies at bay:
  • Keep your pet away from the bedroom. You spend one-third to one-half of your time there.
  •  Remove wall-to-wall carpeting and keep surfaces throughout the home clean and uncluttered.
  •  If you must have carpet, steam clean it frequently. Better yet, use throw rugs that can be washed in hot water.
  • Vacuum cleaners stir up allergens that have settled on carpet and make allergies worse. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter if possible.
  • Forced-air heating and air-conditioning spread allergens throughout the home. Cover bedroom vents with filtering material.
  • Washing your pet frequently may reduce airborne allergens.
  • Have someone without a pet allergy brush your pet outside and clean the litter box or cage.

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  1. TW was just complaining today that since I started sleeping with her again, she's been all stuffed up and dizzy again. If she doesn't let me sleep with her, NOBODY gets any sleep cos I'll be scratching on her door all night. She's taking antihistamines and doesn't know what else to do.

    1. Sorry to hear TW isn't feeling well. Maybe you could give her a break - just this once?

  2. Really learned a lot from your informative blog. More power to you! Thanks:-)