Ways to Get Rid of Pet Dander on Cats and Dogs

Ways to Get Rid of Pet Dander on Cats and Dogs

Short answer

Long answer

  1. Restrict the places your cats and dogs can go to especially in your bedroom. Best avoid keeping pets indoor or having pets at all (ouch).
  2. Do not pet, hug or even hang around places with cats and dogs. If there is contact, always wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water. Use lint roller or change your cloth when necessary.
  3. Never kiss a dog and cat as their mouth contains bacteria that can cause gum disease.
  4. Bath your cat or dog at least once a week to curb down the spread of pet dander.
  5. Get a HEPA air purifier for pet and turn it on 24x7 to reduce the numbers of airborne pet hair, odors, and allergens. Works well if your room is centrally heated or air-conditioned.
  6. Improved room ventilation by opening windows and doors to reduce the number of airborne allergens indoor.
  7. Getting an allergy shots (immunotherapy) to increase tolerance level towards pet allergies.
  8. Go for hypoallergenic cats (Sphynx, Bengal, Balinese) or hypoallergenic dogs (Maltese Terrier, Shih Tzu, Poodle) that shed less. Do note there is no complete hypoallergenic-free cat or dog regardless of how "hairless" the animal is.
  9. Brush your cats or dogs daily and thoroughly to significantly reduce the number of shedded hair from being airborne. Wear a mask or have a non-allergic family member to perform the grooming.
  10. Replace your furniture with pet allergy-proof pillow cases, bedding, sofa cover or carpet. Carpet is notoriously known to trap pet dander.
  11. Perform housekeeping regularly to get rid of pet dander and allergens stuck on the floor. Use HEPA vacuum cleaner for vacuuming plus HEPA air cleaner to capture pet hair that is stirred back up in the air.
  12. Change the cat litter box frequently and place it in an open area.

In simple term, pet dander is tiny skin flakes or dead skin cells that shed from animals’ fur or feathers. All warm-blooded animals produce pet dander including tiny gerbil, reptiles to bird species. Cat dander is the most popular domestic pets that contribute to allergies follow closely by dog dander. Pet dander varies in size with around 75% scale at 5 microns or larger and 25% are 2.5 microns or smaller. The allergen alone cannot be seen through our naked eyes however, you could easily spot them spreading through airborne inside pet hair or dust. Pet dander is known to cause many allergic reactions like sneezing, skin rash because the immune system wrongfully produces antibodies to protect our body against harmful allergens. An air cleaner would get rid of animal dander in the air but regularly vacuuming and grooming works best complimenting each other.

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