Summertime and the living is sneezy. Pet owners know the warm months bring on pet dander, shed fur, and the sniffles of allergies.
And try as we might to avoid ragweed, pollen, and to retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of our homes, the American Lung Association has found that indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. But in the sweltering heat and humidity of summer, air-conditioning and the indoors become necessities.
But don't sweat it or get all choked up. The following tips from the ALA and 3M can help you control the sniffles and still love your pet through the summer months.
Try the following steps to clear the air and keep pollutants and pet dander at bay:
1) Keep pets out of the bedroom.
2) Bathe your dog or cat weekly.
3) Use allergen resistant covers on mattresses and pillows.
4) Wash sheets once a week in water that is at least 130 degrees.
5) If your pet has a soft spot for your couch or love seat, cover it with removable, washable slipcovers.
6) Have a non-allergic family member or friend brush your pet outdoors regularly.
7) Vacuum frequently.
8) Wash your hands after handling your pet.
9) Keep the house well-ventilated.