Help! I'm Allergic to My Pet

Bathed cat in towel
Bathe your cat or dog regularly to help keep pet dander at bay.

Other Tips And Tricks

Some simple changes to your routine and environment can also help manage pet allergies. Here are some things to try.

  • Bathe your pet regularly. Most pet shampoos are mild, and weekly bathing usually won’t dry out a dog or cat’s skin. If you can’t manage frequent bathing, use pet wipes to help remove the dander and saliva on a pet’s coat. These can be an especially good choice for cat owners.
  • I like to recommend that people put a pet T-shirt or sweater on a dog or cat. It helps to keep dander contained. If possible, have another family member put on and remove the petwear.
  • Shower and wash your hair or change your clothes as soon as possible after contact with a pet.
  • Keep your pet out of your bedroom or at least out of your bed. Close contact over a period of several hours can cause allergies to flare.
  • Vacuum your vehicle and wipe down the seats after your pet has ridden in it. Better yet, have another family member do it to reduce your exposure to allergens.
  • At the veterinary clinic, wait in the lobby or outdoors while your pet is examined so you aren’t trapped in a small room filled with allergens.
  • Talk to your allergist about medications that can help. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available. Many people use a combination of products.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek the help of a board-certified allergist. Many are understanding about your love for a dog or cat and will do their best to help you live more comfortably with your best friend.

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