Dog Allergies

DogDog make wonderful and loving companions, but for many people, they also can also be the cause of allergic reactions and asthma attacks.  For some, this is due to the dog dander and hair that is shed throughout the course of the day.  Others may find that they are not allergic to the dog itself, but rather are affected by the dust, grass, and other allergens that the dog brings into the home.  With some dogs this influx of allergens is obvious, particularly if they are the sort of pooch that loves to roll around on the lawn or hide their bones in the soil.  However, even dogs that look perfectly clean can be dragging in enough pollen and pollutants to cause a reaction in their owners just by their paw to ground contact outside.  Whether it is the dander, or the outdoor pollutants causing you to sneeze, it is no fun to feel torn between breathing well and playing with Fido.

Luckily, there are many ways to tackle the problem of dog related allergies that will help you to breathe better while still enjoying time with your dog. Make it a play-time ritual to thoroughly brush your dog before coming back inside after a trip down the block or to the dog park. Keep a water bottle near the door to give their paws a rinse after a stroll down the street, or carry them straight to the bathtub if they’ve gotten really dirty in the yard.  Once they are nice and clean, you can use a room air purifier, like our MinusA2 with the Pet Allergy Customized Filter, to filter out any dander and hair from the air and use a vacuum with a true HEPA filter to collect any allergens that may have settled on the floor or furniture. By taking a proactive approach and removing allergens before they start to build up, you can keep allergy symptoms down and enjoy more quality time with your furry friend.

Controlling Bird Dander

Birds are beloved pets for their keen intellect, charming personalities, and of course, for their lovely plumage. Their feathers can come in any color of the rainbow, and they play an important role in a bird’s overall health and life.  While these feathers are beautiful and functional, they can also create a lot of powder, dander, and debris in the home. Feathers can break off during preening or play and drift out of their cages and into the surrounding areas. As new feathers form to replace those that are lost, they emerge covered in a protective keratin, the same substance that makes up our hair and nails, that gradually flakes away producing bird dander. There are even some species of bird that produce extra keratin to spread over their feathers to make them waterproof, contributing to even more powder to the air.

Since birds have delicate respiratory systems, it is important to make sure that the air they are breathing is as free of all these particles as possible. Keeping the air clean of bird powder can be important for visitors as well, as bird dander can trigger asthma or allergies. Pet owners can help reduce the amount of bird dander and powder in a number of ways. Making sure that the bird gets frequent baths is not only a good first step, but many birds actually enjoy getting to play in the water. Frequent vacuuming can also help to take care of any fallen feathers that have ended up on carpets or furniture. To help ensure that the powder and dander get filtered out of the air, bird owners can run a HEPA air purifier, such as our MinusA2 with the Pet Allergy Customized filter, in the room where the birds are kept. Taking care of these airborne particles is a great way to help keep your birds happy and healthy!

Tame Pet Hair and Pet Dander with Your Air Purifier

Most people love their pets and consider them to be part of their family.  However, pet hair and pet dander can often be quite troublesome, especially if a family member or friend has pet allergies. Suddenly Fido or Fluffy has become more of a challenge than a beloved pet as you’re constantly trying to remove pet hair, and trying to keep your pet away from anyone who is allergic.

A helpful solution can be to add an air purifier for pet dander and pet hair. An air purifier can help to remove pet hair and pet dander from the air. Depending on the severity of the person’s allergies, an air purifier can sometimes be enough to let them be in the same room with the family pet. It may even be enough for them to be able to stay in the house for a weekend. While there are other things you can do to help someone with pet allergies, adding an air purifier is a great place to start and can definitely help to improve the situation.

Not every air purifier will remove pet dander and pet hair, so you’ll want to double check to make sure that your air purifier can do the job. If the air purifier does remove pet dander and pet hair, like our MinusA2 with the Pet Allergy Customized filter, the best solution is to put the air purifier in the room where the person with allergies will be spending the most time. This could be the guest bedroom, the family room or another room that you choose. Because the MinusA2 is portable, you can move it around as the person’s needs change during the day and evening; such as putting the air purifier in the guest bedroom at night and the family room during the day. Remember that air purifiers clean the air in a room several times an hour, so if you move the air purifier into the guest bedroom half an hour before they retire for bed, it will have cleaned the air a few times so that they can get a good night’s rest.

There are additional things you can do to help the person with pet hair and pet dander allergies, while also helping your air purifier. One of the best things you can do for pet allergies is to be an enthusiastic vacuumer. Thoroughly vacuum your home, even the cushions of the couch. Try to remember to vacuum areas that Fido or Fluffy has been in with extra care, as these will have more pet hair and pet dander. Vacuum once or twice a week for best results if you find that pet hair and pet dander bother someone you know.

Another helpful thing you can do for pet hair and pet dander is to stay on top of pet grooming. Your dog should be groomed regularly, which includes getting a bath. Simply bathing your dog will help to remove allergens. Please do NOT bathe your cat…you’ll probably regret it as much as the cat will! But if you have a long haired cat you can help remove pet dander while enjoying some quality snuggle time by brushing it regularly and gently. The cat will enjoy it, and you will breathe easier!

If your pets go outside, they may also bring allergens into the home. They may come in with wet fur from the rain, or with leaves and grass in their fur, all of which have the potential to aggravate someone with allergies. As your pet comes in take a moment to run a paper towel along their back. Remove anything that comes off – leaves, grass, etc – and toss it into the wastebasket. This will also help to keep allergens at bay and your friends and family breathing better.