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How to get rid of pet dander

by Anne & Jay Humphreys 09/11/2022

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Dog and cat owners are often at odds with the challenge of how to get rid of pet dander in their homes. This allergen is difficult to detect, but accounts for many pet allergy symptoms.

If you’re interested in how to improve your indoor air quality and combat pet dander, here’s what you need to know:

Pet dander & allergies

While the common misconception is that pet hair causes allergic reactions, the true culprit is often dander. But what is pet dander, exactly? Dander is the almost microscopic dust made up of dead skin cells shed by your pets during everyday life. 

Those with immune systems sensitive to pet allergens can react to the harmless proteins contained in dander, leading to a variety of symptoms. Some of the most common pet allergy symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose and itchy skin or eyes.

How pet dander spreads

It’s almost impossible to prevent the spread of pet dander, just like it’s almost impossible to prevent other types of dust from accumulating in your home. However, understanding the ways pet dander can spread can help you limit its prevalence at home.

Some common ways dander spreads are through brushing, grooming and normal hair shedding. Dander accumulates in fabrics and natural fibers, and can be spread around by common cleaning activities like vacuuming or sweeping.

How to clean your house of pet dander

While it might seem like a hopeless fight, there are ways to reduce the amount of pet dander in your home - while still keeping your furry friends. Some great tips to limit and eliminate pet dander are:

  • Have your HVAC system professionally cleaned and fitted with special filters.
  • Invest in a certified air purifying device containing a HEPA filter.
  • Keeping up with brushing your pets, especially during the warmer months.

Allergies can be an issue for many pet owners, but it doesn’t have to mean giving up your pets. With careful cleaning and strategic use of air filters, you can help everyone in your home breathe more easily.

About the Author
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Anne & Jay Humphreys

I have grown up living in Brevard County and absolutely love our area! Because I have lived here since the age of 6, I have had an opportunity to live in various locations throughout the county, growing up in Indian Harbour Beach. After purchasing a home and investment properties, I decided to pursue a real estate career and became licensed in 2005. Throughout my career I have worked not only in a good market but toughed it out in the downfall of the market as well. in addition to working traditional sales, successfully negotiated short sales with both sellers and buyers, as well as working many transactions with bank owned/REO properties. It is so wonderful to be back in a healthy market! My customers are invaluable to me and receive my utmost attention, priority, and respect. 

My husband, Jay Humphreys, acquired his Real Estate license in 2014 and has joined me in providing service to our clients. We enjoy the team aspect of Real Estate as Jay has been a licensed Insurance adjuster since 1997 and has a wealth of knowledge dealing with all aspects of insuring properties. He also has many years of construction experience and together we have purchased and remodeled 4 homes here in central Merritt Island.