Various animals have dander which many people are allergic to. Depending on the species, dander may be comprised of different materials. For cats and dogs the most common component of dander is proteins which are secreted by sebaceous glands and expressed in the saliva as well as urine, then spread about the fur coat while the animal self-grooms. These proteins, along with dead skin cells usually contain the components people are allergic to.
A few quick facts about Dander:
- Dander remains an active allergen for months and years
- Dander becomes easily airborne and can collect on just about any surface, even vertical walls.
- Up to 15 percent of the population is allergic to dogs and cats
- Up to 30 percent of people suffering from asthma are allergic to dander
If you or your loved ones are allergic to dander there is actually a lot you can do to take control. By creating a regular routine you can help yourself and those around you who might be allergic to dander.
Here’s a checklist to help you along:
- Groom your pet frequently! Grooming frequency depends on species and breeds. Long hair cats and dogs will require more frequent grooming. Talk to a Kuddly vet to develop a grooming routine based on your pet!
- Do a search for ‘dander neutralizer’ and you’ll find a lot products specifically for grooming and cleaning and neutralizing dander
- Keep litter boxes clean and rotate those pee pads as frequently as possible
- Use a whole house HEPA air filter. Many filters are designed specifically for removing of
- Limit the amount of carpets and rugs you have as they are magnets for dander
- Vacuum, sweep, and mop all of your floors regularly
- A microfiber floor duster works great to dust walls and hard to reach vertical surfaces
- Dust regularly, especially in and around areas where your pets congregate
- Wash pet bedding frequently in the warmest water temperature setting recommended by manufacturer.
Develop a routine and stick with it!