If you have a warm blooded pet living with you, then you have dander. It’s a fact of life that will be true for as long as your pet is with you. Here are 7 important facts to know about these microscopic flakes that will help you deal with the problem effectively.
Will changing the type of pet help get rid of the problem? You could limit your exposure to dander by selecting cold-blooded pets such snakes, lizards, iguanas, turtles or fish and solve your dander problems completely. But then you’d have to give up that warm fuzzy feeling you get from your pet. Do you really want to go there?.
Is there anything that can be done to stop its production? Shedding these microscopic flakes of skin is an indication that your pet’s body is replacing the old skin with newer skin that is more able to protect the body from disease and infection.
This will continue to be a fact of life for the rest of your pet’s life. So this is good news for your pet and not so much for you.
What steps should be taken if it triggers allergy symptoms? You can talk with your veterinarian about a schedule of bathing. This will reduce the amount of flakes that are available to go airborne.
Do different types of pets produce less than others? How much any animal sheds is an individual characteristic. Just as some people are more prone to have dandruff, some animals within a species are just more prone to heavy dander.
You can certainly help your chances by doing research on the type of bird, dog, cat, ferret, or bunny before you bring it home. But if you’re having this problem with a pet you’ve already bonded with hind sight is 20/20.
Will baths help reduce the amount in the air? Baths will surely help the flakes of skin to be washed away before they have a chance to become airborne. But the thing to remember is that you can only reduce the amount rather than completely eliminate it
Is frequent cleaning a help or a waste of time? Cleaning on a regular basis is really helpful in minimizing the amount of dander that is available to go airborne with daily movement of people and air currents. The less there is on surfaces, the cleaner the air will stay. This is a proactive yet non-invasive way to clear the air of this allergen for those in your home and for those who may visit your home who are allergic..
What products can help? First, vacuum rather than sweep, and damp mop and dust rather than feather dusting. The object of cleaning is to keep as much out of the air as possible.
With that said a HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) vacuum cleaner filters any air before it is returned to your room so that it really traps what it has sucked in rather then simply sending back out at you again.
A HEPA air purifier is also an excellent way to continually filter the air. This will continually remove the dander that results from healthy warm-blooded pet.