Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Easing Pet Allergies - For you and your pet

by Gwen (follow)
Gwen O'Toole Luscombe is the director of a boutique creative services company, The Ideas Library. Visit www.TheIdeasLibrary.com.au
How To (67)      General (53)      Health (40)      Pet Health (15)     
Do you or your pet suffer from allergies?

Although any dry climate can cause this problem, cold weather can make life uncomfortable for pets and their owners.



Pet allergies
If you or your pet suffer from allergies this time of year, there is something you can do. Image credit: scl/scx.hu

Cold weather can cause indoor humidity to drop dramatically and cause a significant increase in allergies, dry skin, cracked paws and more.

The reason for this is that when indoor humidity drops, a lot of the dust, dust mites, dander, hair and germs that were being 'held down' to a degree by that extra moisture (too heavy to become airborne) are now light enough to become airborne and begin to circulate throughout the home, creating a big dose of allergens and irritants that weren't in the air before.

When the weather changes, this can mean dry skin, cracked paws and more for your pet. Image credit: Ali Brasi/sxc.hu

And of course, dry air causes dry skin, paws etc., which isn't good, either. And it's true that dry air isn't always the problem when it comes to pet and human allergies, but it can be very helpful, however, to at least rule out dry or polluted air as a cause of the allergies by following a few easy steps. That way, if dry air is the problem, you can most likely eliminate it--if not, you know more about what direction to take next.

Figuring out whether dry air or polluted indoor air could be causing allergies for you or your pet can be done in 3 easy steps:

1) check your indoor humidity on 3 different days, at different times of the day, during a week and take an average of those 3 readings,

2) if humidity is under 30% on average, you'll probably need a humidifier, and

3) if humidity readings are in the 30-40% range, dry air probably isn't the issue and you probably don't need a humidifier.

When indoor humidity drops, dust, dust mites, dander, hair and germs that were being 'held down' by that extra moisture are now light enough to become airborne. Image credit: Ivan Ska/sxc.hu

The next step you'll want to take, whether you get a humidifier or not, is to make sure to vacuum on a weekly basis and use a quality air purifier with enough output capacity to cycle all of the air in a given room in less than 5 minutes.

If air is too dry, you have more airborne dust, dust mites, dander and particles and you'll need to remove those pollutants. If the indoor humidity is high, you can still have a lot of dust and dander in the air, but you'll probably have an extra amount of mold spores and bacteria, since they feed on that excess moisture and multiply in your air ducts.

Sometimes, just running the air conditioner too much can cause air to dry out below acceptable levels, since air conditioner coils cool the air by a condensation process which removes water from the air. Running the A/C on heat for too long on a regular basis can dry out the air, too.

Do try to keep the air as clean as possible, since dust mites are one of the strongest allergens on the planet and each gram of house dust contains an average of 200 live dust mites--and no one, pet or human, needs to breathe live dust mites.

So if you live in a cold or dry climate and find that your pet (or you) have chronic allergies, you can easily fix that problem with humidifiers, dehumidifier, air purifiers, and watching how you use your A/C system. This will help you avoid endless trips to the vet or doctor and the extra expense of allergy medications.

#Health
#Pet Health
#General
#How To
I like this Article - 7
Do you have a pet story or helpful tips and tricks to share with other pet owners? You can get paid for submitting your original articles, product reviews or pet tips! Apply here.
More Articles by Gwen
Just like children, puppies can get bored too and if they're left neglected and bored they can quick...
3 likes
When your pet undergoes surgery, it can be a stressful time for both the pet and its owner
4 likes
The time has finally come where you've made the leap and brought home your new dog
3 likes
If your dog is anything like my Lucy, she smells
3 likes
If you're keen for a Queensland holiday but can't bear to leave your four legged friend behind, here...
5 likes
It's sad to know that the main reason dogs end up in a shelter is because they haven't been trained ...
1 like
view all articles by Gwen
Articles by Gwen on Other Hubs
ID: 96964
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Do you or your pet suffer from allergies? Although any dry climate can cause this problem, cold w...
by Gwen
7 likes
When you get a new puppy it's very easy to get caught up in how cute and playful it is and perhaps f...
by Gwen
7 likes
Many pet owners are choosing to make their own homemade pet treats, and for good reason
by Gwen
7 likes
If you're seeking a doggy day care for your four legged friend, there are a few things to consider
by Gwen
7 likes
One of the sad realities of animal welfare is that each year more kittens are born than there are go...
by Gwen
7 likes
In South Australia it will be mandatory for any cat born after July 1st 2018 to be desexed with ex...
4 likes
Don’t let your pet’s food and water dishes become a science experiment
8 likes
Shooting (pictures of!) dogs is like any other sort or photography with its own charms, quirks and...
6 likes
**%%Loves Me, Loves Me Not?%%** Cats have always been a bit of an enigma…
11 likes
When parents bring a new baby into their home, they take every precaution to make it safe
7 likes
Categories
Dogs (165)
Cats (73)
Birds (13)
Horses (3)
Health (40)
Pets (30)
Feeding (28)
Safety (10)
Dog (6)
Summer (4)
Llamas (4)
Diet (3)
Toxic (3)
Dental (3)
Cat (3)
Fleas (3)
Fowl (3)
Grief (3)
Stress (3)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version