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Asthma & Pets

Asthma and Pets infographic

This information has been reviewed and approved by Mike Van Dyke, PhD, CIH (May 2013).

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Summary: Pets and Asthma- Breathe Better Around Your Four-Legged Friends

Pet hair isn't the problem - it's what it carries: a protein in animal dander, saliva and urine triggers asthma and allergies.  Here are some tips to reduce your asthma symptoms around pets:

Reduce Exposure

  • Wash or brush dogs and cats often to remove dander
  • Keep them out of the bedroom
  • Keep them outside when possible
  • Place covered cat litter boxes away from main living spaces

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cooking oil

Reduce Dander

  • Clean walls and hard surfaces
  • Wash "dust catchers" like stuffed animals, bedspreads and curtains
  • Vacuum carpet and damp mop floors twice weekly
  • Replace carpet with hard flooring and machine washable rugs