Facts About Animal Dander and Allergies

What are the causes of pet allergy symptoms?

Animal dander is the loose skin flakes that animals shed.  This pet dander is the main cause of pet allergy symptoms. Pet allergies can be caused by the proteins in the hair, saliva, and urine of your beloved companion. When any of these pet allergens come in contact with your skin, they can cause an allergic reaction. Pet allergy symptoms can include:

  • Sneezing, congestion, runny nose
  • Itching, watery eyes
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Eczema or rashes
There is no relationship between how long your pets hair is and how much dander its skin produces. However, your pet's fur can collect allergens like pollen, dust, and mold spores from the environment. Having these other allergens present in your home will magnify your pet allergy symptoms.

Are you experiencing pet allergy symptoms even though there is no pet in your home? Because pet dander is sticky, it can adhere to many surfaces. Dander can be present for up to six months after the pet has been removed from the home. Animal dander is likely to stick in carpets, upholstery, drapery, and other similar surfaces.

Facts about Pet Allergies

Fact #1 - Suffering from a pet allergy is quite common.
An estimated 10% to 15% of the entire population may be allergic to animals, and more than 70% of U.S. households have a dog or a cat. According to the Humane Society, an estimated 1/3 of people who are allergic to cats (about 2 million people) live with at least one cat in their household anyway.

Fact #2 - Pet allergies can be controlled.
The best solution is always to find a new home for your pet. Overexposure to animal dander can make the problem worse and can develop into asthma. If you or a member of your family has a severe pet allergy, finding a new home for your pet is your best solution. However, for milder pet allergies, there are many steps you can take to reduce your exposure to animal dander and other pet allergens. Because many people are not able or willing to give up their pets, there are a number of products available to reduce symptoms and exposure to pet dander.

What steps can be taken to decrease exposure to animal dander?
1. Keep your pets outdoors. If this is impractical, create an allergy-free zone somewhere in the home--we recommend the bedroom. Prohibit the pet from entering this room.
2. Remove airborne animal dander by cleaning the air with a HEPA filtered air purifier.
3. Wash pets weekly with dander reducing shampoo. Bathing your pet on a weekly basis can reduce the level of allergens by as much as 84%.
4. Vacuum frequently using a Miele or another HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner that removes and permanently traps airborne allergens.
5. Install a high-efficiency filter on home climate control systems to prevent dander from circulating throughout the home. Put web vent filters over register vents. Change both filters seasonally.
6. Keep pets off furniture.
7. Wash hands thoroughly after playing with your pet.
8. Avoid furnishings such as cloth curtains, blinds, and carpeted floors. These materials tend to trap animal dander and other allergens.

Fact #3 - AchooAllergy.com can help.
We have a great selection of pet care products to help you control your allergy symptoms. Additionally, we offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $150 in the continental United States. Please browse our helpful Pet Allergy Buying Guide. You will find great ways to clean your home, care for your pet, and create a more hospitable living environment. You can easily place your order online or by calling us at (800) 339-7123.

Pet Allergy Buying Guide
Austin Air Purifier Austin Air Purifiers
The Austin Air Healthmate is our top selling air purifier.  We recommend checking out the Healthmate and our other Austin models.  The HM-400 is a sturdy, dependable air purifier that is great at removing a variety of airborne allergens. Its true medical HEPA filter will consistently and effectively remove animal dander from your environment, as well as pollen, dust, and other common irritants. This versatile air purifier also removes odors, so if your pet leaves any unpleasant smells, the HM-400 will do the trick. It is most effective for areas up to 700 square feet.

Miele Callisto HEPA Vacuum Miele Callisto
A sealed system combined with powerful suction and HEPA filtration make the Miele Callisto ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers alike. With an included powerbrush attachment, the Callisto pulls up embedded pet hair, dander and other allergens then stores them in a self-sealing, 9-ply dustbag. Miele vacuum cleaners all conform to the stringent European air filtration standard (EN 1822).

Dyson DC25 Animal Dyson DC25 Animal
The most powerful vacuum cleaner for pet hair. Dyson vacuum cleaners are the first vacuum cleaners that do not lose suction on turns. A mini turbine head on the DC25 Animal is specially designed to clean pet hair from confined spaces. Because their suction is so strong that they can pick up even the smallest particles, Dyson vacuum cleaners are approved for allergy sufferers by the British Allergy Foundation.  A lifetime HEPA filter offers additional filtration.

Eureka Power Paw Eureka Power Paw Attachment
The Power Paw fits most vacuums on the market today. Its air driven turbobrush effectively removes pet hair from furniture and other cloth upholstered items with ease. Two rows of teeth helps loosen while the spinning brush lifts and removes dander containing hair.

Pet Brush Vacuum Attachment Pet Brush Vacuum Attachment
If you have a large dog that sheds a lot of hair, this Pet Brush attachment can help you remove unwanted hair from your dogs coat before it has a chance to settle around your home.

Ecology Works Pet Shampoo Ecology Works Pet Dander Shampoo
This Anti-Allergen Solution Pet Shampoo is proven to denature protein allergens on contact. It can be used on dogs, cats, and small animals to neutralize dust mite and pet dander allergens. This product deodorizes and is completely non-toxic.

Allerpet/C Allerpet/C
This solution is formulated specifically for cats. Allerpet/C will cleanse your cats hair of saliva and dander. Use once a week to significantly cut down on animal dander allergens. Absolutely non-toxic and safe for kittens.

Allerpet/D Allerpet/D
This solution is formulated specifically for dogs. Allerpet/D will cleanse your dogs hair of saliva and dander. Use once a week to significantly cut down on animal dander allergens. Absolutely non-toxic and safe even for puppies.

Allergy Zone Furnace Filters Allergy Zone Furnace Filters
The unique patented design of the AllergyZone Furnace Filter traps over 90% of allergens, removing them from the air circulating through your home. Disposable and highly efficient, Allergy Zone Furnace Filters help reduce dust, animal dander, and other allergens.  These filters keep your home cleaner and reduce your allergy symptoms.

Web Vent Filter Web Vent Filters
These vent filters go over the vent register systems in your home. They are made of a self-charging electrostatic material that traps dirt, dust, and pollen-sized particles. Allergens are trapped and prevented from circulating throughout your home.

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