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Dog Allergies

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

It is hard for some dog lovers to realize that dogs may be the cause for allergic reactions. When you raise a dog, it is wise to think that #dogdander, flakes of dead skin, is everywhere inside the house including the places the dog has never even been in. According to the National Institutes of Health, detectable levels of pet dander are in every home in the U.S. 

Some dog owners who have #dogallergy may have mistaken it for some other illnesses. The symptoms of dog allergies are usually like those of any other nasal allergies which include coughing, red eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing. It's common for people with dog allergies to have skin reactions in areas where dog licks them.

There have been rumors about dog allergies that some dog breeds trigger allergy symptoms while others don't, or that short-haired dogs are safe while long-haired dogs prone to shedding are not. Experts say this is not the case - two dogs of the same breed can each give off different levels of allergen and it's not the dog's hair but the dog dander, along with the saliva and urine, that actually cause allergic reactions.

Here are some tips to reduce dog dander in your home.

1. Clean thoroughly. It is important to sweep and mop the floors, vacuum rugs, and clean furniture regularly.

2. Reduce the number of items that can catch dust and dander.

3. Clean the filters on the air vents.

4. Keep the dog out of your bedroom in which you spend a third of your time at home.

Although these measures can help alleviate your dog allergies to some extent, you can have your home professionally disinfected if you are looking for more powerful protection. Disinfecting process can be taken as a final shielding step to surfaces after regular cleaning sessions. Also, you can make sure there are no hidden spots left untreated when you hire a #professionaldisinfection service. Since dog dander can be existent in areas that are easily neglected or out of reach of people, it is crucial to ensure every corner in your house is carefully disinfected.

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