Controlling Pet Dander with Air Purifiers

Guest Author: Melissa Thompson | December 13, 2023
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Are you or someone you love an allergy sufferer? There are various environmental allergy triggers, but one that is sometimes overlooked is pet dander. Pets are lovable, furry friends that many consider family members, so the thought they could cause an unpleasant reaction is difficult to comprehend. Unfortunately, pet dander can trigger a respiratory reaction in those who suffer from specific allergies triggered by airborne irritants.

Pet Dander as an Allergy Trigger


Many times, people think of cats when they think of pet allergies. However, dogs and other furry creatures also have dander, skin cells they shed, that can trigger allergy sufferers' reactions. Dander lingers in the air, on furnishings, and other household items. Pet dander stays in the air longer than other airborne allergens can. Allergy sufferers who react to pet dander may suffer from sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Additionally, prolonged exposure to pet dander can reduce the ability of your lungs to function properly.

Do HEPA Filters Help?


Pet dander is so tiny that it is difficult to see. Often, the particles are so small that you can't see them without a magnifying glass or microscope. The size of the dander makes it very hard to remove it from the air. However, an air purifier system with a HEPA filter can help remove these tiny particles from the air within your home, making it easier for you to breathe.

How do the HEPA filters work? Air is forced through a fine mesh. The mesh in a HEPA filter is designed to capture tiny particles as small as 0.3 microns. Once the filter catches the particles, the air is cleaner and healthier to breathe.

Ways to Minimize Pet Dander at Home


In addition to an air purifier, there are things you can do to reduce pet dander at home. First, you can routinely clean your home. Your bed linens should be washed weekly. Hard floors should be swept and mopped at least once a week. Carpets, drapes, and furnishings should be vacuumed weekly, preferably with a HEPA filter vacuum.


Pets should be groomed routinely. When you smell an odor emanating from your pet, they also spread dander. Some studies recommend bathing your pets twice weekly to keep pet dander at a minimum. However, that may be unrealistic with your schedule. If you can't bathe your pets that often, brushing them often can help reduce the amount of hair and dander they shed. Diligence with grooming is especially necessary for pets who roam outdoors. Limiting where your pets roam outside and within your home can help reduce the amount of dander and other allergens they transfer through the air.

Pet dander is a source of allergic reactions for many people. Luckily, there are some ways to help reduce the effects of dander within your home. Simple things like cleaning your home regularly, grooming your pets often, and using an air purifier may help reduce the presence of pet dander inside your home.


About the Author

Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson brings a unique blend of academic training and personal experience to the world of pet literature. With over 20 years dedicated to understanding and caring for animals, her work reflects a deep passion for the animals that enrich our lives.

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