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Last Updated: February 27, 2019


Air Quality: Animal Dander Solutions


Big Idea: Animal dander is an asthma trigger found in the home, but there are several steps that can reduce exposure to dander.

Talking Points:

  • Keep pets out of bedrooms and restrict them to a few rooms. But be warned that there is no guarantee that keeping a pet in only one room will limit allergens to that room.
  • If pet dander worsens your asthma, don’t pet, hug or kiss a pet; if you do, wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Bathing a dog at least once a week can reduce airborne pet allergen.
  • Regularly using a HEPA vacuum cleaner or a central vacuum throughout the home also can reduce pet dander.
  • HEPA room cleaners can run continuously in a bedroom or living room to reduce allergen levels over time.
  • Professional allergy associations disagree on whether to remove pets from the home altogether, but they agree that there is no evidence of hypoallergenic cats and dogs.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Asthma” 2014
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Indoor Allergens”
Government Publishing Office – (EPA) 

Categories: Air Quality