Pets Are Family Too

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For millions around the world, pets aren’t just “pets” anymore. They are legitimate family members. They’re fun to have around, can be great company and some are just downright cute. Many can’t imagine coming home after a long days work and not having their pet to greet them when they come in. Whether you’re a dog owner, a cat owner or any other kind of pet owner, chances are you invest a lot to keep your pet healthy and alive whether  it be through the simple purchase of food or the yearly visit to the veterinarian.  We know that pets are wonderful and we have some great products that will not only make your pets life easier, but will make your life as the owner a lot easier too.

Any dog owner knows that your dog will get thirsty during the day. Instead of constantly having to refill your dog bowl, wouldn’t be a lot easier to have a drinking fountain that provides a consistent supply of clean and fresh drinking water? This is where the Dogit Design Fresh and Clear Pet Drinking Fountaincomes in handy. This drinking fountain utilizes multi-stage filtration that eliminates stale water by trapping impurities. It has a large surface area operation and is elevated, which is useful for dogs that are older, larger or suffering from physical ailments. Don’t have a dog? Have a cat and feel a little left out right now? Don’t worry, we have a Catit Design Fresh and Clear Drinking Fountain that is designed especially for your cat!

Do you want something that not only eliminates pet odors, but will also eliminate other airborne allergens that could make your pet sick? Look no further than the Hamilton Beach TrueAir Pet Air Purifier Tower. This reduces pollen, mildew, mold spores and other airborne allergens up to 99%. It has 3 speeds, 2 carbon odor filters and can be used horizontally and vertically.

Pets are wonderful. If you are a proud pet owner, I am sure you can attest to that. Let’s just remember to take care of our pets and to love them just as we would anybody else. After all, pets are family too.

Is Your Indoor Air Affecting Your Allergies?

Staying indoors during allergy season may seem like a good strategy when you have allergies, but indoor air can be just as irritating to allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website, “dust mites, animal dander and even cockroaches can cause problems indoors.”

Dust mites are a chief culprit for allergy sufferers, affecting up to 8 out of 10 Americans. The best way to control dust mites is to minimize their effect  by keeping all surfaces in the home clean, and by minimizing clutter. The AAFA recommends eliminating carpet altogether, or at a bare minimum to use only washable throw rugs or a low-piled carpet. The AAFA goes on to say that:

The single most important method is to put zippered allergen impermeable or plastic covers on all pillows, mattresses and box springs. Encasing mattresses works better than air cleaners to reduce allergy symptoms. Every week, wash bedding, uncovered pillows and stuffed toys in hot water (130 degree F.) to kill mites.

Animal dander is another culprit, impacting up to 6 out 10 people in the U.S. Doctors recommend not having pets if you are allergic to pet dander. If you must have a pet, first take a break from the animal, either by vacation, or keeping the pet out of the house for at least two months, since pet dander can linger in homes that long. The AAFA recommends slowly introducing the pet back into the home, and seeing if symptoms are attributable to the pet. If so, they advise carefully considering if the pet is worth the discomfort. They also recommend keeping the pet out of your bedroom, and perhaps choosing a pet without fur or feathers.

By vacuuming once or twice a week using a HEPA filter or double-bagged vacuum, some allergens can be controlled. Also cleaning dust with a damp cloth is another good method for keeping irritating particles at a minimum in the home.

Keeping moisture out of the home wherever possible can help control mold, which is another offending allergen. Also keeping only a few house plants and using a dehumidifier will help as well.

Cockroach debris is another culprit that reduces indoor air quality. Following recommended methods for controlling cockroaches can limit the effects of their debris.

Finally, running air conditioning in warm weather, recycling the indoor air, goes a long way to control outside allergens from entering the home. Window unit filters should be changed often. Also, air purifiers and cleaners can help to keep allergens at a minimum.