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Minimize pet allergens

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People often mistake animal fur for the cause of their allergies. However, fur is not the culprit. Dander that collects on fur, feathers and saliva from some pets can cause allergic reactions. Pets that venture outdoors also can track in substances that can cause allergic reactions or other irritations.

Animal allergens are sticky and tend to adhere to furniture and other surfaces for some time. Coming in contact with these substances can trigger a reaction.

Here are steps you can take to reduce allergens.

Keep surfaces throughout the home clean and clear of clutter.

Choose bare floors or low-pile carpets that can be frequently cleaned.

Frequently launder a pet's favorite furniture.

Keep pets out of the bedrooms where dander can settle on linens.

Wash and brush the pet frequently to remove dander and other allergens. Brushing a pet outdoors can limit the amount of fur inside.

When pets have been outdoors, wipe down their coat and paws to limit the amount of foreign substances brought into the house.

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