At Van’s Chem-Dry, we really care for the health and safety of your entire family, including family pets. Even though they are covered in fur and we can’t hear their thoughts, dogs still portray a lot of similar human characteristics especially as they spend more time with us. One thing that dogs do have in common with most of us is that they can develop seasonal allergies. Fall is no exception to the development of allergies and your furry little friend could be at risk.
While most of our monthly blog posts cover cleaning and organization tips for your home, here we’ll discuss how you can help your pet dog overcome those terrible fall allergies and how properly cleaning your home can significantly influence that. Van’s Chem-Dry provides exceptional home cleaning for all of Sacramento and Elk Grove and can help you rid your carpet and upholstery of dangerous allergens for a cleaner and healthier home.
About 10% of dogs develop environmental allergies, and veterinarians report that the number of cases grows each year. Common clinical signs of pet allergies include:
- Fur Loss
- Nasal and eye discharge
- Change in fur color
- Excessive scratching
- Chewing of body parts.
The most commonly affected areas are the face, ears, and paws.
Tips to Combat Allergies
1. Regular Bathing
Regularly bathe your pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo. Bathing helps to not only remove allergens but also moisturize the skin and wash away dirt and bacteria. Specialists recommend bathing your pet every 2-3 weeks.
2. Foot Soaks
Soaking your pet’s feet at the end of any day where they have been in contact with allergies, lawn chemicals, or other irritants can significantly lessen what they track around their sleeping areas. Even regularly wiping their paws after walks can help.
3. Thorough Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Professionally clean your carpets and upholstery in order to remove lingering allergens and dirt. Call the team of carpet and upholstery cleaning professionals at Van’s Chem-Dry for the most thorough cleaning in Sacramento and Elk Grove metro areas. Our hot carbonation extraction technique enters deeper into the fabrics of your carpet and upholstery than any other cleaning technique to remove more dirt, dust, and allergens. Your carpet and furniture stay cleaner for much longer, and your dog also stays healthier. After we’ve done our job, maintain your clean carpet and upholstery by vacuuming every 5-7 days with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum.
4. Close Windows and Doors
Ragweed and other common allergens are easily transferred into the home as plants continue to wither in the fall. Reduce the number of access points for allergens to enter your home by keeping doors and windows closed.
5. Diets and Supplements
Supplements such as biotin or omega-3 can decrease itching and improve the health of your dog’s coat.
6. Allergy Treatments
Just like humans, pets can be tested and treated for severe allergies. There are two main methods of treatment:
- Injection: Depending on the severity of the pet’s allergies, owners may need to give their pets a shot every few days, gradually decreasing the amount over time.
- Sublingual Immunotherapy under the Tongue (SLIT): Instead of giving an injection, owners squeeze a pump of medication into the pet’s mouth. Always consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet or introducing new medical treatments!
We hope these tips help your dog overcome fall allergies. Through regular cleaning and keeping track of what comes in and out of the house, you will not only have a healthy dog but also one healthy family. For a home that’s drier, cleaner, and healthier, schedule your cleaning appointment with Van’s Chem-Dry today!