Fluffy, Fido, Sniffle, and Achoo
Did you know that nearly 10 million people with pet allergies have at least one dog or cat? Anyone who's a pet lover can understand why. But if you’re allergic to a furry occupant of your household, there are ways you can minimize pet allergens in your home to help you breathe a little easier.
- Try to keep pets limited to a few rooms in your house — at the very least, if you're allergic, keep pets out of your bedroom
- Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting, soft upholstery, and heavy drapes in areas where pets spend time
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
- Bathe pets once a week — look for special shampoos in pet stores that can help minimize allergens on your pet's skin
- Not allergic to pets? Some of these tips can also help reduce your exposure to other indoor and outdoor allergens. Get more home allergy-proofing tips