Dr Oz did a segment called Keep Your Pets, Shed Your Allergies with Dr Marty Becker, a veterinarian who is one of Dr Oz’s Core Team members. Doctor Oz said that our nation is full of pet lovers, but many of us suffer from pet allergies. During winter, people are inside more, and this increased exposure to our pets can worsen our pet allergies. Here are some great tips to help with Pet Allegies!
Dr Oz: What Causes Pet Allergies?
Dr Oz said that 15% of Americans are allergic to pets, with the biggest problem pet being cats. Cats have a protein in their saliva, which is actually the substance to which most people are allergic. The cat hair is a carrier for the dander and saliva (since cats lick themselves) and this causes the allergy. This is why you can have an allergy to cats and pets who do not have hair at all. Dr Becker said that Siberian Cats, which is the breed of Dr Oz’s Baby Cat, is the most hypoallergenic cat because it causes people to have very few allergies.
Dr Oz: HEPA Filter Vacuum For Pet Allergies
Dr Oz said that you should eliminate dander and dust mites by using a HEPA Filter vacuum, which traps up to 99.9% of the dander and dust mites.
Dr Oz: Pet-Free Bedroom
You should not let your pet sleep in your bedroom, and especially not in your bed. Instead, use a washable throw and specify a pet chair or a special place for your pet to rest outside of your bedroom.
Dr Oz: Bath Wipes & Allergen-Reducing Shampoo
Step #3 is to bathe your pet weekly, which helps your pet and yourself. It washes off the dander which helps you to fight off allergies. And the number one reason people go to the vet with their pet is from skin problems due to environmental allergies, which also can be helped and prevented by weekly baths.
Dr Oz: How To Clean A Cat
If you have a kitten, you may be able to train it to be ok with getting baths, but most cats will not be happy about baths. Instead, you can use Grooming Wipes or a warm Bathwipe for your cat.
Dr Oz: How To Clean A Dog
For a dog, put an anti-slip towel in the bottom of the tub, premix a container with 1/5 shampoo and 5/6 water, and wash your dog with this. If you are using a flea and tick shampoo, first make a barrier with the shampoo around the dogs neck, otherwise the fleas will run from the dogs body up to the ears to hide when you start applying the Flea and Tick Shampoo.