How Do You Treat Pet Dander Allergies?
Cats and dogs make for great companions. Unfortunately, pet dander can cause allergic reactions in many people, which often strains or ruins the human-pet relationship. Pet dander is one of the worst culprits. If you're struggling with pet allergies, reach out to Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen. Our veterinarian, Dr. Hein, will be happy to help and answer any questions about dander allergies.
Reducing or Eliminating Dander Allergies
There are steps you can take to reduce pet allergies. This could improve your quality of life and allow you to spend more quality time with your pets. The first step is to consider immunotherapy. With immunotherapy, small amounts of what you’re allergic to are injected into your skin. These injections may occur regularly over the course of several weeks. This therapy can help your body build up immunity, or at least increase your resistance to allergens.
Next, it’s wise to keep your pets out of your bedroom. If cats or dogs sleep on your bed, it will become covered in pet dander. Should your cat or dog end up on your bed for a prolonged period, wash your bedding as soon as possible.
By the way, carpet and rugs collect pet dander constantly. You’re better off with wood or tiled floors if you suffer from pet allergies. Synthetic pillows around the house are also a wise idea. Cleaning up clutter, which can collect dust and dander, is also smart. Clothing should be kept in the closet and away from your pet.
Next, consider a HEPA air filtration system. This filter system will capture the dander, removing it from the air. Frequent pet baths can also reduce dander but won’t eliminate it. Some breeds of cats and dogs are also easier on those who have pet allergies. Speak to our veterinarian to learn more about which breeds might be best for you.
Lastly, consider antihistamines, such as Benadryl. They may provide temporary relief from dander allergies. It’s smart to speak with a doctor about allergy medication options.
Allergy Relief at Van Loon Animal Hospital
If you have any questions about pet dander allergies or would like to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today at (608) 526-2200.