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Holiday pets don't have to excite your allergies

As the holiday season approaches, many children have their wish lists ready, and topping a number of them will be a request for a new pet. This can be a difficult situation for a parent who doesn't want to deprive his children of the companionship a pet can provide, but worries about what owning an animal will do to his allergies.

Serious pet allergies are rare, and more often than not the common allergy to dander is controllable in many ways. Keeping a clean house is one way to help keep allergies from taking over your home. If the dander doesn't have the chance to get stuck in carpets and furniture, it also won't have the chance to set off a series of sneezes. Also consider confining the pet to one portion of your home. For example, many pet owners don't allow their cats or dogs into the bedroom, as overnight exposure to these allergens causes extreme irritation for many.

An especially effective step to take is investing in a medical-grade air purifier. This will help keep the dander out of the air so that the thankfulness of grateful children can fill it. Don't let your allergies get in the way of granting your child his holiday wish.

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