How to create a hypoallergenic home environment with pets

Do you have an allergic reaction to pets, but you want to know how to overcome it? This article will help you with ideas on how to minimise your allergic reactions through simple actions and research before buying a pet.

Just a few changes to the way you operate your household can make all the difference when it comes to allergic reactions to pets. Once you know the cause of these allergic responses, you can start to do something about them, and experience less discomfort.

We all love our pets, but sometimes it is necessary to put certain practices in place to allow allergic household members to get along with pets without sneezing the house down.

One of the simplest things that you can do to cut down on allergies is to buy an indoor or outdoor dog kennel. At Pinnacle, we have a complete range of kennels in sizes to suit all breeds of dogs. Allowing your animal to sleep outside in a comfy kennel or indoors in a Pinnacle Pet Haus means less pet hair finds its way onto the couch. This article will provide you with other valuable tips on how to minimise allergies. Read on to find out more.

What is a dog allergy?

While some people have extreme reactions to allergens such as dog hair, usually it is more subtle, with the allergen causing an immune response in the affected people, with symptoms arising such as sneezing, itchy or swollen eyes, a runny nose, and puffiness in the face among other things.

It is a protein found in dog saliva that is the cause of many allergic reactions, though dander (dead skin particles) can also be a cause. As different dog breeds shed varying amounts of hair and dander, they will be more or less problematic for people with allergies./p>

People with other kinds of pets such as cats, rabbits, or guinea pigs may also experience issues with allergies. Whenever a pet sheds hair and dander, there is the possibility of triggering an allergic reaction in people susceptible to this immune response.

However, the more time your pet spends outdoors, the less contact you will have with their shed hair and skin. Therefore, the less of an allergic response you will have.

The easiest way to avoid allergic reactions

If you know you are allergic to certain types of pets, be it cats, dogs, or some other kind, the easiest way to avoid allergic reactions is of course to avoid getting a pet! However, if you are an animal lover, this could be an unbearable situation.

If you still want to get a pet but you know you are allergic, then it’s really important for you to do your research. Not all breeds of animals are equal when it comes to their potential to create allergens. Take dogs for example. The following breeds are generally better for people who have allergies as they shed less hair:

  • Australian Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Irish Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Poodles
  • Spoodles

No animal is 100% hypoallergenic, however, these breeds are better options for people with allergy concerns.

If possible, look for opportunities to make contact with the dogs that you are researching. Do some dog walking or house sitting with dogs that are the breeds that you are thinking of adopting.

Having that real-life experience of the dogs will soon give you an idea of what your tolerance of their fur shedding is like. If you already have a pet, then see our later tips for lowering allergic immune responses.

Encourage your pet to go outside

We touched on this above, but it really bears repeating. If your pet spends time outside, it means that there is less time for them to shed hair and dander inside where it will get up your nose and cause allergic reactions.

A great way of encouraging your pet to spend more time outside is to install a dog door. A cat or dog door will allow your pet to easily exit and enter your home whenever nature calls, or whenever they need some fresh air.

A dog door saves you the bother of having to open and shut the door repeatedly according to your pet’s whim – and if you have a cat, that whim can be particularly unpredictable or repetitive.

So if you haven’t got a dog door yet, it’s worth considering, as it helps your pet have freedom of movement between indoor and outdoor spaces, and saves you having to be the household butler at the same time.

Give your pet a dedicated bedding area

Whether your dog is an inside or outside pet, you can do no wrong with a Bunnings dog kennel. Our outdoor models are suitable for a range of different sized animals, and they have waterproof roofs.

With a solid timber construction, our Bunnings dog kennel models can easily keep your pet safe and dry away from the elements.

If your dog is an outside dog, you will have far fewer problems with allergic reactions, as their fur and dander will drop outside instead of throughout your home. Their Bunnings dog kennel will allow them to stay snug at night, just add a few blankets in there for maximum comfort. Decorate your Bunnings dog kennel as you see fit.

If you have an inside cat or dog, our indoor Bunnings Dog kennel range named Pet Haus is just the thing to create a dedicated area for your cat or dog to sleep. This will help prevent your pet from lounging around on the couch, leaving their dander in their wake.

We offer three sizes of Pet Haus Bunnings dog kennel, to suit all varieties of dogs and cats. Just add bedding for a happy pet house. Don’t forget to wash your pet’s bedding weekly to keep on top of hair and dander loss.

Shop for a Bunnings dog kennel today

No matter if your dog is an outside dog or an inside one, we have the perfect Bunnings dog kennel to suit your pet. Our outdoor Bunnings dog kennel models are well constructed with waterproof roofs. Our indoor Pet Haus is an attractive Scandinavian design indoor Bunnings dog kennel that comes in three sizes, to cater to different breeds of dogs and even cats.

Find your new Bunnings dog kennel at your local Bunnings Warehouse today.

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