What can you do if you’re allergic to pets, but want to have them in your home?

1. Get yourself allergy tested.

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Find an allergist that loves pets so they’ll understand your interests. An allergist will be able to ensure that you’re allergic to pets, not pollen being carried in on pets’ coats.

2. Hit the bath.

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Bathing your pet at least once or twice a week can help to remove the allergens you’re reacting to. Be sure to make baths a positive experience by including lots of treats!

3.Rock a HEPA filter.

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HEPA air filters come in many forms, but should be used for at least 4 hours a day.

4. Keep up with the wash.

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Washing your hands, washing your bedding, washing your pets’ bedding… You need to do a LOT of washing to keep up ahead of the allergens. If you have cats, be sure to rotate which things you’re washing to decrease stress.

5. No pets in the bedroom.

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It’s a hard request, but an important one if you want to keep your immune system happy.

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Danielle K. Lambert Archer headshotDanielle is a veterinary practice manager and the founder of SnoutSchool.com, a website dedicated to teaching veterinary hospitals to use social media effectively. You can get her 5 favorite social media tools here, or follow her on social media to see excessive photos of her Brussels Griffon. She’s @DanielleSnout on Snapchat, Instagram & Twitter.