Cleaning up After your Pet and Risks

As much as we all love our dogs or cats, we have to face the reality of the risk associated with keeping animals in our own living space and what health hazard it can cause if we do not manage it correctly and keep it under control. We all love our pets and do not want to let go of them, however if you have developed asthma or allergy while you have a pet at home, then you must consider some of the below recommendations in order to keep your health at its best.

79707_cute-cat-dog-cuddling-HD-cats-dogs-wallpapers-backgrounds_1600x1000Pets, especially those with furs or feathers are a big trigger to asthma sufferers knowing that they shed their hair regularly. The allergens are found not only in the fur of the animal but also in the saliva and skin of the animal. Sometimes conventional cleaning methods are not sufficient to get rid of those allergens as they can be so small and sticky and thus stay on your furniture and carpet even after cleaning and it might take months and months of industrial cleaning to get rid of those allergens. According to health care providers, using air filters changed regularly and high efficiency cleaning vacuums might help to get rid of some of the allergens. Here are some ideas that can help you control some of your exposure to the allergens:

  • Confine your pets in defined areas. Keep them away from your bedroom or living area where you are sitting and resting most of the time and be firm about it
  • Groom your pet at least few times a week outside of your home if possible
  • Have your pets cleaned professionally on a regular basis and bath them weekly
  • Vacuum your home regularly with a high efficiency vacuum with a filter that captures small hair
  • Do not allow your pet on your kitchen counter as this is the space you use to prepare your food and likelihood their paws are spreading germs, bacteria and organisms such as toxoplasmosis  right at your dinner
  • Keep all your cooking utensils such as cutting board and preparation knives in a drawer
  • Cats and dogs develop intestinal parasites that can spread to humans especially to children whose immune system is vulnerable, therefore keep your pet immunized by giving them medication regularly to prevent such parasites from developing. Consult with your vet for advice
  • Keep a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaner running through continuously int he bedroom or living room to reduce your exposure to allergens
  • Remove carpets and rugs from the areas where your pets are kept since these capture allergens and are difficult to clean
  • Clean surfaces, including walls regularly
  • If possible do not allow your pet to lick your face and hands and if they do wash them with soap. I know this would be a difficult task to accomplish however, you are exposing yourself to the allergens directly

With all this I would hope that you would be able to enjoy your pets in a safe and healthy environment where both you and your family can enjoy and reduce any risks associated with keeping a domestic animal in your home