6 Ways To Reduce Dog Dander

by on August 9, 2010

in Dogs

Dog Dander Causing Problems? 6 Ways To Reduce Dog Dander
by Debbie Davis

If you have a dog, you have dog dander. Unfortunately, if you also have asthma or allergies this can pose a huge problem. But the secret to managing is to reduce the amount of dander. Here are 6 suggestions for doing just that.

  1. Bathe Your Dog Regularly
  2. Regular baths can keep your dog’s excess hair and dander to a minimum. Shampooing your dog regularly keeps the skin healthy, and removes hair that your dog has already shed. Depending on the size of your dog, the shower with a hose extension puts the water where you need it.

    If you have a bigger breed, outside might be a better option, or having your dog professionally groomed might make more sense. Always make sure you have a thumbs up from your vet on the choice of shampoo. And ask about what the best frequency for bathing should be based on the needs of your individual dog.

  3. Brush Your Dog’s Coat
  4. Regular brushing outdoors will help remove the undercoat and excess hair that would go airborne with normal activities. Brushing also increases circulation and lessens scratching and the flaking of dead skin and dander.

    Brushing your pooch is time consuming but so worth it in terms of the benefits it provides. Your dog will love you and the attention, and you’ll love the fact that their is less hair to which dander is able to cling. Your dog will also look forward to it because it feels good, and it’s a way to receive one-on-one time with you. You may even find that your dog will bring the brush to you as a reminder.

  5. Fine Tune Your Dog’s Diet
  6. Adding a small amount of oil to the daily diet will help. Derm Caps have been a success for us. They are easily lumped in with food and seem to go down with the rest of the food without notice.

    If your dog shakes and scratches a lot, sometimes the culprit can be diet. Check with your veterinarian to help determine that the food is not a cause of excessive scratching and licking.

  7. Take Your Dog for Regular Checkups
  8. Regular visits and consultations with your veterinarian will help keep your dog in top physical condition with healthy skin and coat which will lessen scratching, shaking, and licking, all of which send hair and dander airborne.

  9. Vacuum Your Home Often
  10. Once dander has fallen to the floor, normal activity will send it airborne again. Vacuuming (for best results with a HEPA air purifier) not only your floors but your furniture (with a soft brush of course) will stop dander from re-entering the air.

  11. Filter Your Air
  12. Nothing will eliminate dog dander completely, but greatly reducing the amount of dander in the air you breathe will make a huge difference in how you feel. A portable high efficiency particle arresting air purifier will continuously filter dander from the air, and many are designed to run economically 24 hours a day.

    This type of air purifier will not only remove dander, but odor, hair, dust, and many other household pollutants that may be present in your home.


Debbie Davis invites you to remove dog dander and other household pollutants from your air continuously with the air purifier from PurerAir.com at http://purerair.com/pet_dander_air_purifier.html.

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.
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1 Jessica @ vet snap August 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Thanks for this post! Some really great tips. I find that my clients have most success when adding fish oil or Derm caps to their pets diet! Also, if dander is really bad, you may want to consider having your dog checked for low thyroid!

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2 maddy December 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hi! Thanks for the helpful tips on reducing dog dander. Please give me the name of the air purifier that you have good experience with. MY DAUGHTET HAS A BAD problem with her breathing and she wants to keep her pet. My son is upset over this and is also very upset that he will be loosing his pet. So please help with kindly responding to my EMail.
Sincerely,
Maddy Romano.

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