If your dog buddy is in the house, so is her dander. Dander is the normal, dry skin flakes you and your pets constantly shed. If you have a dog allergy, dander is the main culprit. You can't prevent dander, but there are ways to control it in your home.
Brush your dog daily with a soft brush to reduce shedding of dander. Brushing will distribute natural oils through the coat, and remove some of the shed dander caught in the fur. Take your dog outside to brush her. Dander can become airborne and hang in the air for hours. If you are allergic, wear a dust mask when you brush your dog, or have someone who isn't allergic brush her.
Spray a commercial allergy spray on your dog to help reduce dander shedding. Look for sprays that can also be safely used on bedding, carpet and furniture to help reduce dander. You can find allergy sprays at your local pet store.
Keep your dog on a good, balanced diet. Feed a diet that contains omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, which promote good skin and coat health. Ensure your dog has constant access to clean, fresh water. Proper hydration is essential for your dog's overall well-being and comfort, and for maintaining a healthy skin and coat.
Bathe your dog as needed to reduce pet dander and other allergens she may bring into the house, but be aware that bathing removes natural oils from a dog's coat, and too-frequent bathing may cause skin problems. Consult your veterinarian about how frequently you can routinely bathe your buddy. Use a dog shampoo specifically designed to reduce dander, and follow directions on the label. Be certain to remove all traces of shampoo after lathering. After bathing, towel-dry your dog and apply a lotion designed to add moisture back to a dog's skin.
Place some air purifiers throughout your home to eliminate dog dander from the air. Airborne pet dander can be inhaled and cause dog allergy symptoms in you and susceptible family members. Air purifiers will help reduce dog dander throughout your home, as well as remove other possible allergens, such as dust, molds and pollens, from the air.
- Clean drapes, carpets, curtains, bedding and rugs regularly to remove dander and other potential allergens that have settled on them.
Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.