Care Tips for Pets with Environmental Allergies

Bathing Tips:

  1. Use Tepid Water
    – You want to use cooler (but not cold) water because bacteria thrive in hot, wet environments)
  2. Follow prescription instructions on your shampoo
  3. Follow the label instructions on over the counter

Outdoor and Indoor Tips:

  1. Wipe your pet off with a damp cloth before bringing them in from outside
  2. Additionally, if possible, send pets outside when you vacuum
  3. Do not allow pets outside directly after mowing the lawn
  4. When dusting, use a trapping cloth or duster head verses a feather duster
  5. Clean/Dust fan blades to limit airborne dust
  6. Change Air Filters regularly

Flea Control:

  1. Use a monthly flea treatment
  2. Follow label or prescription instructions on package
  3. Wash bedding and stuffed toys in hot water, once a week
  4. Vacuum regularly
  5. Treat your yard and if necessary, your house.

Bed Etiquette:

  1. Check pet’s bed for cedar chips as this is common in dog beds.
  2. If your pet with a feather allergy sleeps with you, remove any feather products such as down comforter or pillows
  3. Wash the bedding in hot water once weekly
    – Wash per label instructions

Toys:

  1. Should be washed once weekly in hot water
  2. If your pet has food allergies, you should not use flavored toys

ALLERGEN AVOIDANCE SUGGESTIONS

You can significantly help your pet by making some simple environmental changes:

Pollens (Grasses, Weeds, Trees)
– Avoid Fields
– Keep lawns cut short
– Keep pets inside while mowing
– Rinse pet after exposure to high grasses and weeds
– Keep pet indoors at dusk & early morning during heavy pollen season
– Use air conditioners and keep windows closed

House Dust Mites & Fleas
-Wash bedding in hot water weekly
-Cover furniture that pet sleeps on with sheet and wash weekly
-Use barrier type covers on mattress/ pillows where pet might sleep
-Wash stuffed toys frequently
-Keep pet in uncarpeted rooms when possible
-Frequently damp mop all areas pet has access to
-Change furnace filters frequently