Your pet is part of the family. But when you can’t pet your animal without sneezing and rubbing itchy eyes for the rest of the day, being a pet owner can be difficult. Fortunately, pet owners in St. Louis, Missouri, are finding ways to love their pets and keep them too. By attacking pet allergies at the source, you can enjoy the presence of your faithful companion.

Where Do Pet Allergies Come From?

For being man’s best friends, pets sure have the potential to cause some problems. Many pet owners have heard of the allergenic risks of dander but aren’t sure what dander actually is. Many feel that the problem is the dead skin flakes caught in the pet’s fur, but that’s only part of it.

Dogs and cats have a protein in their saliva that most humans are allergic to. When your pets groom themselves, they spread that saliva over the dead skin and those protein-drenched skin flakes spread through your home.

It’s also possible that the allergic reactions that seem to be coming from your pet aren’t really their fault. When your animals spend time outside lying and rolling in the grass, they also attract pollen and other outdoor particles, which they later track into your home.

How to Live With Pet Allergies

You may not be able to change your pet’s body chemistry. But you can mitigate the effects of the allergies they and their activities cause. Start by cleaning your pet and home often. Thoroughly wash and scrub their fur to remove the dander. Regularly clean the areas your pet frequents. Try to keep them out of certain areas of your home, such as your bedroom, where you can find some sanctuary.

To keep allergenic particles from spreading through your home, consider installing a whole-home air cleaner. Doing so will help catch and neutralize particles like pollen and pet dander in your home.

Start enjoying your pet as much as you deserve. For a professional hand improving your indoor air quality, call Averill Heating & Air Conditioning at (314) 427-3825.

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