11 useful tips for people living with pet allergies

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Living with pet allergies can be tough. As a pet owner, you love your furry friends, but your nasal passages don’t deal so well with their fur or their dander! Many people – especially those without pets of their own – will insist that you would feel better if you’d just get rid of your animals, but this extreme tactic should only ever be considered as a last resort. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cope with pet allergies.

Try these 11 useful tips to reduce your symptoms and live in harmony with your pet.

1. Keep pets out of the bedroom

If you have an allergy to your pet, you need to create an allergy-free zone in your home that you can use as a place of respite. The best place to locate the allergy-free zone is in your bedroom.

By keeping pets away from your bed, you can ensure that you get a good night’s sleep without being kept awake by allergy symptoms.

Remember that once pet dander has gotten onto your sheets, and especially your pillow, it will be almost impossible to get rid of it – even with laundering – so it’s best to be proactive.

You may also be allergic to dust mites as well (and mites love to feast on pet dander), so consider investing in a dust-mite cover for your pillows and mattress for added protection.

By blocking off the bedroom, you will also have a place to retreat to during the day if you find that your allergy is flaring up and you need a break from your pet. Be strict about keeping pets out by making sure the bedroom door is kept closed.

If your dog or cat makes a fuss about being shut out of your room, try spraying a repellant onto the door or carpet that will make your pet want to steer clear. You can also try setting up an “animal sanctuary” in another room and shut your furry friend in that spot overnight so that you and your pet both sleep better.

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