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Allergy Proofing: 12 Tips for the Pet Lover

Posted July 21st, 2020 by daniel

For many people, having a pet is an important part of life. However, many people who would love to adopt a fur baby but due to their allergies just the thought of having a pet -especially an indoor one- is enough to evoke a series of sneezes and watering eyes.

Of course, there are other pet owners who have allergies but have found ways to live with their pets and without dealing with itchy eyes and frequent sneezing. So, what are their allergy proofing tricks for living with pets? Here are some tips that have proven effective for many allergy-ridden pet lovers.

Tips for Allergy Proofing

  • Clean often – Ideally using all-natural products as much as possible After all, you want to protect yourself but don’t want your pets to lick up or breathe in any harsh or harmful cleaners!
  • Wipe off- Take time to wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth weekly. Just a simple microfiber cloth will do the trick.
  • De-clutter – Having a lot of stuff- boxes, stacks of books, shelving, etc. are all great places for pet dander to accumulate. Minimizing the number of surfaces means fewer places for dander to pile up.
  • No hiding- Get rid of under the bed storage containers. These collect dust and allergens only making it more difficult for you to breathe.
  • Fabrics- items such as area rugs, carpets, upholstery and heavy drapes are the perfect materials for holding on to allergens of every type. This doesn’t mean you can’t have soft items and fabrics, it just means you want to choose with care and not have an abundance of them!
  • Plants- Invest in some house plants. They will serve as great air filters, plus they look good in nearly any space.
  • Flooring – Consider hardwoods rather than carpet as they are more easily cleaned and accumulate fewer allergens.
  • Ventilation – This is especially important in areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms; however, having adequate ventilation throughout your how will help keep the air cleaner and reduce allergy issues.
  • Purifiers – These are wonderful weather you have a pet allergy or not! Consider investing in in-room purifiers for any space where you will have your pets.
  • Filters – If you are able, change out the air filters of your home’s HVAC system at least once a month to prevent them from being collecting and releasing pet dander into your home.
  • Air it out! – When it is possible, open the windows of your home and let in some fresh air. Of course, this is only effective if you aren’t allergic to pollen!
  • Bathe – Take time to wash your pet weekly to reduce the amount of allergy-causing dander they shed.

These allergy proofing tips have proven to be effective for many animal lovers. No, they might not make your allergies disappear, but they can help you enjoy your pets without a constant routine of sneezing, scratchy throat and itchy eyes. So, if you love the fur babies but have found ways to make having your furry friends around you, we would love to hear what tips you have for minimizing pet-related allergies.

 

 

More Tips for Keeping Your Pet Happy and Healthy

Posted May 18th, 2020 by daniel

It’s always nice to have extra time to spend with your pets. After all, most of us are so busy that we have to make time for our pets -and ourselves- to simply relax and enjoy the moment. However, there are times when life slows down a bit and we can take time to sit back and enjoy hanging out with our pets.

But now that you have the time to just hang out with your pet(s) what are some things you should do? After all, one can only walk to so much each day! Here are some ways to ensure that your downtime with your pets is time well spent – for both you and your family’s fur babies.

7 Ways to Keep Your Pet(s) Happy and Healthy

  • Depending on where you live, there may be more wildlife moving around. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash when walking in parks as you don’t want them to ‘stumble’ upon a skunk or porcupine. Have a cat that doesn’t respond well to a leash? Consider getting a stroller that can be zipped shut but still has a mesh or screened opening.
  • Pay attention to debris. You don’t want your pets sniffing around something that could be harmful. After all, germs are everywhere!
  • Lyme disease is real and can be a serious problem for your pets (and you!). Be sure they have the proper collars on. Then take time to inspect their coats for those pesky parasites when you return home.
  • Just because you have more time to cook, it doesn’t mean now is a good time to introduce people-food or even a significant amount of new pet foods into their diets. Giving your dogs or cats food they are not accustomed to can cause stomach/digestion issues. Big food no-no’s are grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and chocolate.
  • Be sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations! Not sure? Contact your vet. Being sure your pet is up to date on their shots can, in turn, help protect you as well.
  • If you plan on planting a garden or introducing houseplants to your space, be sure to only have ones that are pet-friendly and safe. There are several plants that can cause illnesses in pets.
  • Take time to go the extra mile – activities like brushing their hair, extra-time spent playing with them, or just cuddling is healthy for you and your pet. So why not indulge yourself – and them!

Keeping your family’s four-legged members happy and healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. It is just a matter of thinking and planning ahead and then being sure to have the supplies available. Talk to your veterinarian, an experienced pet sitter, or even just someone who has had pets for a long time, and learn all you can about how to make your time with Fluffy and Fido as wonderful as it can be!

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Posted March 18th, 2020 by daniel

It seems there is always news about an approach to staying healthy. Be it getting more of a particular type of exercise, increasing how much you eat of a specific type of food or food group, or encouraging more or less time for sleep or leisure -there’s always something to improve. When it comes to having a healthy pet, the action items stay a bit consistent, but it never hurts to be sure you are doing all you can to protect the health of your beloved furbabies.

9 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Healthy

Being sure your pet has proper nutrition and taking preventative action can go a long way to your pet having a healthy and happy life.

  1. Be Active – Going on walks, hiking, running and swimming are great ways for your pet to get exercise – and us, too! But beyond these activities, don’t forget to keep them actively engage mentally as well. Make time to teach your pets new skills, play a game of tug-o-war or fetch, pick up some new toys, etc. so that they can be active both mentally and physically.
  2. Be Proactive – Be sure your pet is safe with identification options like microchipping and collaring to help them be returned in the event you get separated from your pet. You can also be proactive by keeping your home free of items/toxic substances that can harm your pets.
  3. Bonding – People and animals both need affection! Cuddling, petting, playing and just chilling out next to your pet is not only healthy for your furbaby’s emotional health but can improve yours as well. Better yet, when you spend time bonding with your pet, it teaches them how to have positive interactions with other people.
  4. Checkups – Most of us don’t enjoy going to the doctors, and chances are your furbaby isn’t any different. However, they still need to go for regular checkups. By having yearly health screenings, you can be aware of any potential health concerns and have a better chance of them beating or avoiding a serious health problem.
  5. Grooming – Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed, bathing them, brushing their coat, taking time to gently massage them and checking for any unusual bumps is important. Your pet will feel better with clean fur and you will know sooner versus later if there is a health concern.
  6. Mouth Disease – Be sure your pet is getting the oral health care they need. Failing to do so can cause your pet to quit eating, and can even lead to heart and kidney problems. Talk to your vet about product design for your pet’s dental needs.
  7. Nutrition – Being sure your pet eats the correct amounts of food, as well as food that is perfect for his/her breed and lifestyle, is a must. Sadly, obesity is not just something that affects people, it is unhealthy for our pets, too. Talk to your vet to learn if there are any supplements or a specific type of food that can help your pet be healthier. Also, be sure that your pet gets enough water, and minimize the number of treats you give him.
  8. Social Life – It has been found that the earlier young pets are introduced to new people and animals the less likely the risk of aggressive behavior is. The prime age for this type of interaction is from birth to around 18 weeks as this is when most pets are forming their view of the world.
  9. Spay/Neuter – This can extend your pet’s life expectancy, reduces the risk of disease, can prevent some forms of cancer, -in males- minimize aggressiveness and in females help reduce unwanted behavior such as irritability, yowling and spraying urine.

These 9 actions can make a big difference in your pet’s health. Make time to implement them. Your pet is worth it!