Saturday, 4 July 2015

Is your pet making you sick?

Apart from leaving hair all over the house and adding to your dust problem, pets are also constantly shredding dander, the old skin scales which, like dead human skin cells, provide extra fodder for the festing mites. Dogs and cats are the most common sources of animal allergens, but almost any furry or feathered friend, from hamsters to budgies, can trigger allergies.

  1. If you are sensitive to animal dander, wear an allergy-proof face mask when grooming animals and while vacuuming. If possible delegate the task to some one else.
  2. If you have pets, keep bedroom doors closed. Don't let them wander into the bedroom. Definitely don't let pets share your bed. Inevitably they will shed hair and skin particles which will exacerbate allergic reactions.
  3. Thoroughly vacuum pet bedding daily and anywhere else your pet spends time. Allowing pets to sit on soft furnishings creates extra work.
  4. Keep litter trays, bedding and cages in a well-ventilated room or area.
  5. If possible, let your pet outside for part of the day. Take bird and hamster cages outdoors when the weather is fine. This will help keep the levels of animal dander, and the smell, down. Your pet will appreciate the change of scene too.
  6. After touching or playing with pets always wash your hands, and wash clothes in the hottest wash the care instructions will allow.