Are Your Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets? How to Prepare Your Home
A significant percentage of adults are considered allergic to pets, but this doesn’t stop a majority of them from liking animals! That may offer little relief to a holiday host or hostess who has to prepare for potential itching, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, and more from holiday visitors. Before you feel defeated, there’s a lot you can do to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort for a happy, satisfying visit.
The Deal With Pet Hair
Pet hair can take over a home, which is why most pet owners are routinely vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping down surfaces. Rarely, though, do we truly see our homes the way visitors might – especially the ones who live without pets.
Dander is primarily to blame for allergies, not loose or shedded pet hair. It’s a protein found in the skin, saliva, or urine of pets, and it can cause mild to major symptoms. Luckily, there are things you can do to help those allergic to pets.
Get Some Suds
You can cut down on your guests’ sniffles by bathing your pet prior to their arrival. We can help you find the right pet-safe shampoo that can reduce associated symptoms in your guests. Weekly bathing has been proven to help people allergic to pets.
We recommend Allergroom, a dry shampoo that optimizes your pet’s skin and coat.
If you don’t already have an air filter (or 2 or 3) in your house, consider it an easy, affordable way to clean your house of dander. Keeping one on your guest bedrooms and common areas will help filter out allergens and keep everyone breathing clean air.
Allergic to Pets
For your guests who are allergic to pets, make sure you wash their bedding thoroughly and scrub the floors. Also, using a HEPA vacuum will keep dander and other triggers safely inside the machine and not airborne.
If possible, keep one room safely off-limits to pets for 2-3 months before your guests’ arrival. Keep allergy medicine (i.e., antihistamines) on hand in case you have visitors who react negatively to pet hair and dander.
Lastly, although it may not sound like a great solution, offer to accommodate your guests at a nearby inn so they don’t have to be continually exposed to allergens.
Your pet is certainly not to blame for triggering reactions in guests who are allergic to pets. We understand how this shift in dynamics can make a pet (and his or her owner!) feel uncomfortable. If you have any questions or concerns, we welcome your call. Good luck!