Cats and dogs bring dust, bacteria and pollen into your home. Allergens that they track into your Crestwood, MO home can aggravate your asthma and allergy symptoms. Read on to learn more about how your pets affect your home’s indoor air quality.

Pet Dander and Asthma

Pet dander is tiny dead skin cells that come off your dog or cat’s body and invoke an allergic reaction in the human body. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, three in 10 people are allergic to dogs and cats. Swelling of the throat, reduced airflow and blocked airways lead to asthmatic reactions.

Fleas, Ticks and Mites

While you may not think of it, insects play a role in indoor air quality. Dogs and cats may carry fleas, ticks or, mites, which produce allergic reactions and can spread diseases to your family and guests. Bathing your cat or dog regularly, brushing their fur and frequently vacuuming your carpet reduces your risk of insect bites.

Bacteria and Infections

Your loyal pet’s fur collects bacteria. The germs from your pets can cause minor infections and serious illnesses, such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Pasturella. Washing your hands after feeding, bathing and playing with your pet are some of the best ways to prevent infection. It’s important to frequently clean areas where your pets spend most of their the most time, such as their beds. In addition, clean your pets before they come inside and wash their bowls every day to get rid of bacteria to prevent them from getting sick.

Eliminating Circulating Pet Dander and Airborne Allergens

Call C & G Heating and Cooling for indoor air quality services. We offer the REME Halo whole home in-duct air purifier, air humidifiers and ventilators to keep your home comfortable and your indoor air breathable.

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