The holidays are the perfect time for family and friends to get together. But if you’re a pet owner, what do you do if a guest has a pet allergy? Here are some tips on making your home happy, healthy, and guest-friendly during the holidays.
LET’S GET CLEANING
If your pet has the run of the house, then so does pet dander (microscopic flecks of dead skin shed by cats and dogs). Pet allergy symptoms occur when sufferers are exposed to pet dander. A good thorough cleaning before guests arrive will go a long way to making them feel welcome.
- Use a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner or a central vacuum to reduce allergen levels.1
- Wash throw rugs in hot water.2
- Dust shelves and furniture from the top down. Wiping down the walls will also cut down
- Install an air purifier fitted with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- Steam clean rugs, drapes, and upholstery.3
CREATE A PET FREE ROOM
The guest bedroom is the obvious choice. By preventing your pet from entering this room, you can reduce the amount of allergens your guests come in contact with.3
- Swap out bedding with hypoallergenic bedding and pillow materials.3
- High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaners run continuously in a bedroom or living room can
reduce allergen levels over time.1
TIME FOR A BATH
Give your pet a bath the morning your guests arrive, then brush your pet outside. Don’t forget to clean the litter box or cage.2 Wash pet bedding and washable toys, as well.
HAVE FLONASE ALLERGY RELIEF NASAL SPRAY ON HAND
FLONASE Allergy Relief nasal spray can help relieve allergy symptoms. It blocks 6 different allergic substances instead of 1.* It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for pet allergy sufferers and can make your home more than merry this holiday. Find out where you can buy FLONASE for you and your guests.
*Mechanism vs. most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.
1. Pet Allergies. (n.d.). Retrieved August 27, 2015, from https://acaai.org/allergies/types/pet-allergy
2. Pet Allergies. (n.d.). Retrieved August 27, 2015, from http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&sub=16&cont=63
3. Are You Allergic to Your Pet? (n.d.). Retrieved August 27, 2015, from http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/are-you-allergic-your-pet