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Can Pets Have Allergies?

Posted by Ivey on March 4th, 2010

Dog with AllergiesYour pet isn’t just a potential source for allergies — in fact, your furry friend might be an allergy- sufferer as well. If your pet scratches or sheds incessantly, vomits, or has chronic respiratory problems, he or she may have an allergy.

Cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, and other animals can be allergic to many of the same things that humans are, such as dust, dust mites, pollen, mold, and certain foods. Other significant allergy triggers for pets are fleas and flea saliva.

Just like you or any other member of the family, your pet’s allergy symptoms can be eliminated, or at least minimized, by reducing their exposure to the triggering allergen(s). In the case of food allergies, you can usually just switch to a food that doesn’t include the allergen. However, controlling allergies to airborne irritants like pollen, mold, dust, dust mites, and fleas requires a bit more diligence and attention to indoor air quality. Luckily, Sylvane offers multiple solutions to make your home comfortable not only for your pet, but the entire family.

Air purifiers, also known as air sanitizers, can significantly improve the air in any room where a unit is placed. An air purifier draws your room air into the unit and passes it through a series of filters to capture dust, pollen, mold, and other impurities. Then, the air purifier disperses the clean, allergen-free air back into to your environment.

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air PurifierThere are many allergy-relief air purifiers available, which offer stronger air filtration systems than conventional air purifiers. For example, the IQAir HealthPro Plus, features a two-stage gas phase filter to remove gaseous toxins and odors, while HyperHEPA technology removes up to 99% of airborne particles from the air. This is stronger than ordinary HEPA filtration, which still removes an impressive 99.97% of particles.

So what about allergens lurking on the floor? We’ve got that covered as well. Vapor steam cleaners are a great way to clean and sanitize hard surfaces like sealed hardwoods, countertops, bathroom tile, and tubs without using harsh chemicals that can harm your pet and your indoor air. You can also use home steam cleaners to spot clean and sanitize soiled fabrics and carpets.

Vapor steam cleaners work by transforming ordinary tap into powerful steam, which penetrates Reliable Steamboy T1 Steam Floor Mopsurfaces to safely eliminate and remove stains, dirt, germs, viruses, bacteria – and yes, fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae. Lightweight (just 8 pounds!) and easy to maneuver, the Reliable Steamboy T1 Steam Floor Mop is great low-cost option. It converts water to steam in just 20 seconds and provides superior cleaning power without leaving behind unwanted moisture or residue.

If you suspect that your pet is allergic to something, consult your veterinarian to pinpoint the exact cause.

To learn more about living with allergies or to find FAQs and buying guides for air purifiers and vapor steam cleaners, visit our Learning Center.

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