Got Pet Dander

Got Pet Dander?

Enjoy today’s guest blog by Juliana Weiss-Roessler on pet dander!

Juliana Weiss-Roessler runs Weiss-Roessler Writing with her husband Josh. Together, they offer press releases, blogging, website copy, and other writing services to small and mid-sized businesses. Her writing has been featured on high-traffic websites, such as, and in major publications, such as PARADE and People. Along with her husband, Juliana lives in Austin, TX, with their two tiny-but-rambunctious dogs and one tiny-but-rambunctious baby boy. Learn more on or follow her on TwitterGoogle+, and Facebook.


and Safe Ways to Lessen Pet Dander in Your Home

As pet owners, we all love the time we get to spend with our furry friends, but we may not be so enamored with all of the pet dander they bring into our lives on a daily basis.

What can you do about it? Damiane de Wit-Guzman talked about one option in her recent post: try to look for a pet that won’t upset your allergies. Of course, that’s assuming you don’t already have a four-legged friend running around, because chances are good you’re not going to want to part with them even if they’re causing your allergies to flare up.

Luckily, there are plenty of other safe and natural things you can do to lessen your pet dander problem.

Air out your home

One way to increase the quality of air in your home is to just open your windows and let the breeze blow through to get rid of many of the unwanted particles floating around in the air inside your home. In the modern life we live, we spend a lot of time indoors, breathing the same air over and over as it’s recycled through our vents. But what we don’t often think about is that we’re also breathing and rebreathing everything in that air – including dander.

Purify your air

Adding an air purifier to your home can do wonders for your home’s air quality, as well as cut down on some of those lingering unpleasant odors. Just make sure you get a purifier that also has humidifying capabilities. A humidifier will prevent the air in your home from getting too dry and help keep your nasal passages lubricated, improving the health of your sinuses. A good example is the Venta Airwasher, which uses cold water evaporation as part of its air purification process to trap allergens within the device and remove them from the air in your home.

Change your A/C filter

These days, it seems like we end up spending most of our time indoors. As mentioned above, the air inside your home is constantly being recycled and reused, along with all the undesirable particulate matter and allergens that happen to be floating around. How bad is it? Indoor air pollutants can collect in your disposable air conditioning filter and literally stay there for months causing you problems the entire time. Thankfully, this is any easy problem to solve – simply changing the filter more often and your air will be cleaner.

Cut down on carpets and rugs

It’s no secret that carpeting and rugs are more of a pain to clean up than harder, flatter surfaces, and their fibers also make it easier for allergens like pet dander to cling on for long periods of time (there are always, however, exceptions, and many rugs from have pet-friendly carpets). If your pets have the run of the house, plan on using surfaces like tile or laminate. Limit rugs and, if you can, cut them out altogether in areas where your pets spend most of their time. By doing so, you’ll save tons of effort with cleaning and also cut down on pesky pet odors.

Bathe your pet more often

While your pets may not enjoy it as much as you do, making baths more frequently will do a lot to cut down on the dander that builds up in their coats over time. Not only will more baths help with the issue of pet dander, but your pets will also be cleaner, healthier, and less smelly.

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