Sunday, November 20, 2016

What If Your Holiday Guests Are Allergic to Pets?

There are a number of reasons why the holidays are such a special time of the year. One of those reasons is getting the opportunity to host guests you enjoy spending time with you in your home. As a host, you want to make your guests feel welcome and ensure they’re able to enjoy their time to the fullest. That’s why you’re probably happy to fulfill any special requests they may have during their stay.

All pet owners are used to dealing with hair throughout their home. But what you may not be as used to thinking about is that hair causing allergies. So if you have a holiday guest coming who happens to be allergic to your pet, you’re going to have to figure out how both of them can exist under the same roof. Although this may not seem like an ideal situation, the good news is there are steps you can take to help your guest.

1. Talk About It in Advance

Since this isn’t an issue that’s going to magically go away, one of the best things you can do is talk openly and honestly with your guest in advance. This will help put their mind at ease knowing you’re taking the issue seriously. It will also remind them of any medication they may need to get or take.

2. Bathe Your Pet

A simple but effective way to reduce how much dander your pet has is to bathe it right before your holiday guest arrives. Giving your pet a good scrub will minimize the skin proteins that are responsible for triggering allergies.

3. Deep Clean

In addition to getting your pet’s skin and coat in tip-top shape, you’ll want to do the same for your house. The ideal time to do a deep clean is 24-48 hours before your guest’s arrival. Mopping and/or vacuuming floors will eliminate a lot of hair. And if your pet spends time on the couch or any other furniture, it’s worth vacuuming those spots as well.

4. Consider a Plug-In Filter

If you really want to be on top of this issue, investing in a HEPA filter and plugging it in where your guest will be sleeping can help keep the night air free of small allergy-triggering particles.

5. Be Aware of Where Your Pet is Hanging Out

Although it’s not necessary to “quarantine” your pet while hosting a holiday visitor, keeping it away from where a guest is sleeping will help a lot. In fact, if you’re able to create a spot in your bedroom or another comfortable area with your pet’s food and other favorite items, you can limit the spread of dander throughout your home.

By talking with your guest about allergies in advance, bathing your pet, deep cleaning your home, considering a plug-in filter and being aware of where your pet is hanging out, you’ll be able to minimize the impact that allergies have during holiday visits.