Pets and Asthma- Breathe Better Around Your Four-Legged Friends

Pets and Asthma Infographic- Breathe Better Around Your Four-Legged Friends

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Summary: Pets and Asthma- Breathe Better Around Your Four-Legged Friends

Pet hair isn't the problem - it's what it carries: a protein in animal dander, saliva and urine triggers asthma and allergies.  Here are some tips to reduce your asthma symptoms around pets:

Reduce Exposure

  • Wash or brush dogs and cats often to remove dander

  • Keep them out of the bedroom

  • Keep them outside when possible

  • Place covered cat litter boxes away from main living spaces

 

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Lemon juice

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Cooking oil

 

Reduce Dander

  • Clean walls and hard surfaces

  • Wash "dust catchers" like stuffed animals, bedspreads and curtains

  • Vacuum carpet and damp mop floors twice weekly

  • Replace carpet with hard flooring and machine washable rugs

 

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