Managing allergies to pets

Cat enjoys a head scratch

It's not uncommon for people to have allergies to their own pets. If you or someone in your home has been diagnosed with a pet allergy, the following tips may be helpful in managing symptoms. 

  • Minimize contact with the animal and create an area free of pets, such as the bedroom.
  • Vacuum and clean floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture on a weekly basis.
  • Place a high-efficiency particulate air purifier (HEPA) in the home, in addition to filters on vents.
  • Enlist the help of non-allergy suffering family members to clean and pick up after the pet.
  • Frequently wash clothing and bedding materials, including the pet’s bed.
  • Frequently bathe and groom your pet.
  • Consider removing dander attracting materials such as upholstered furniture and draperies. Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring that won’t harbor hair and allergen causing molecules.

It's possible for children to outgrow pet allergies. Consult with your physician and/or allergist to determine the best course of action for your family to live happily with pets.