Care Tips for Pets with Environmental Allergies

Bathing tips

– Use Tepid Water – You want to use cooler (but not cold) water, because bacteria thrive in hot wet environments
– Follow prescription instructions on your shampoo’s prescription label
– Follow the label instructions on over the counter

Outdoor and Indoor Tips

– Wipe your pet off with a damp cloth before bringing them in from outside
– Additionally, try to send pets outside when you vacuum
– Do not allow pets outside directly after mowing the lawn, as this can kick up allergens that have accumulated on the grass
– When dusting use a trapping cloth or duster head verses a feather duster
– Clean/Dust fan blades to limit airborne dust
– Change air filters regularly

Flea Control

– Use a regular flea treatment all year round
– Follow label or prescription instructions on the package
– Wash bedding and stuffed toys in hot water once a week
– Vacuum regularly
– Treat your yard and if necessary your house for fleas if there is an infestation

Bed Etiquette

– Toys should be washed once weekly in hot water
– If your pet has food allergies you should not use flavored toys

You can significantly help your pet by making some simple changes:

House Dust Mites & Fleas

– Wash bedding in hot water weekly
– Cover furniture that pet sleeps on with sheet and wash weekly
– Use barrier type covers on your mattress and pillows where your pet might sleep
– Wash stuffed toys frequently
– Keep your pet in uncarpeted rooms when possible
– Frequently clean hard surface areas your pet has access to with a damp mop
– Change furnace filters frequently

Pollens (Grasses, Weeds, Trees)

– Avoid hiking with pet through fields
– Keep lawns cut short
– Keep pets inside while mowing
– Rinse pet after exposure to high grasses and weeds
– Keep pet indoors at dusk and early morning during heavy pollen season
– Use air conditioners and keep windows closed to minimize allergens entering the house through screens

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