Adopting a pet and providing it with a new home can be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. But what if you or a family member has pet allergies? Fret not, you can still enjoy a happy, healthy, sniffle-free life with a new pet even if you're allergic. So without further ado, let's find out how:

Remember, you're allergic to pet dander, not your pet

Not quite a step, but very important to remember. Most people think cat or dog fur is what causes pet allergies, but the source of the allergy is usually a protein found in their saliva. When cats or dogs lick themselves, the protein attaches to the dry skin or dander. 1 The pet dander then spreads through the air, settling on beds, rugs, clothing, and furniture. When you come into contact with this pet dander, it aggravates your allergy symptoms.

Create animal-free allergy zones in your home

Make the bedroom and rooms that you spend the most time in off limits for your pet. Keeping your pet out of these rooms will help minimize pet dander. Many pet owners use sonic fences to emit a high pitch sound to help train animals to stay out of certain rooms.

Clean regularly and go carpet-free

Using a robotic vacuum cleaner, a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner, or a central vacuum can help reduce allergen levels. 2 Opting for carpet-free flooring and avoiding cloth curtains or blinds which can easily trap dander can also make a difference.

Lather up and get grooming

Bathe your pet weekly using a shampoo recommended by your veterinarian. Yes, even cats can get used to being bathed. Don't forget to also clean your pet's toys, bedding, litter box, or cage. 3

Use an air filter to keep pet dander on a tight leash

Running a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaners continuously in a bedroom or living room can help reduce allergen levels over time. 4

Take Flonase® Sensimist™ Allergy Relief Nasal Spray Every Day

One of the easiest things you can do is to remember to take FLONASE® SENSIMIST™ Allergy Relief every day to help relieve allergy symptoms. It helps blocks 6 different allergic substances while most common over-the-counter allergy pills act on histamine alone.* Plus, FLONASE® SENSIMIST™ is a new nasal spray product with a gentle mist that you'll barely feel. Click to learn more about New FLONASE® SENSIMIST™.

If you're animal lover, you shouldn't let allergies deter you from adopting a new pet. Using these simple tips can help keep your home allergen-free, so you can enjoy the company of your cute new cuddly companion.

*Mechanism vs. most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE®SENSIMISTTM acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

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