Our pets provide us with unconditional love and an unparalleled sense of comfort, but one of things we can live without is pet allergens. According to The Humane Society of the United States approximately 15% of the population is allergic to dogs or cats. An estimated 1/3 of Americans who are allergic to cats (about 2 million people) live with at least one cat in their household anyway. In a study of 341 adults who were allergic to cats or dogs and had been advised by their physicians to give up their pets, only 1 out of 5 did, thus proving that we really can’t live without our pets. We can, however, make life with pets easier by reducing animal allergens.
Animal allergens are found in homes with pets. The dander allergen gets trapped in pet saliva from self-grooming and becomes sticky. Since dander allergens are sticky, they can easily travel to places other than the home. While dander on a smooth surface (such as a wall or tile floor) can be easily wiped off, it can persist for long periods of time on softer materials, such as carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture, clothing and even skin. That is why, unless special steps are taken, pet dander can remain in a home and wreak havoc for several months even after the pet is no longer there. Dander Free contains aggressive beneficial bacteria that love to eat organic waste (sticky dander) and will help rid your home of pet allergens, which in turn reduces sneezing, wheezing, and itchy, watery eyes. In addition to cat and dog hair, bird feathers and droppings can also increase allergen exposure. Ferrets, rabbits, rats, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs also harbor allergens in their saliva and urine. Once dry, these secretions become airborne and can be a source of allergic reactions for adults, children and anyone with increased exposure to animals.
In addition to saliva and urine, pet waste can be a source of bacteria, dust, fungi and mold. Dander Free’s good bacteria will quickly devour organic waste such as pet feces.
We recommend Dander Free to help remove the dander allergens from your pets and your home. Spray both as often as is necessary to keep the allergens at a minimum level.
• Allergic individuals should avoid hugging or kissing their pets because of the allergens on the animal’s fur or saliva.
• Litter boxes should be placed in an isolated area and should be avoided by allergic individuals.
• Always wash your face, hands and arms after grooming or playing with pets to remove animal dander.
• Nothing beats a bath for your pet, especially if using a good non-chemical shampoo. Do not use an anti-biotic shampoo, as it will kill the beneficial bacteria in Dander Free.
• Forced-air heating and air-conditioning can spread the allergens throughout the house. Homes with forced-air heating and/or air-conditioning may be fitted with a central air cleaner, or a room air purifier can be utilized a few hours a day.
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