Living with Pets & Allergies


Do you have allergies? About 40 million Americans do (count us in!) and dog and cat dander can be a real trigger according to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. For most people, though, working to keep down the allergens is a small price to pay to enjoy your life with your furry family members.

Today we’ve got some tips from Steve Ramos, featured home inspector on HGTV’s House Detective, provided by Filtrete filters from 3M (which we use in our central air system…with four cats and two dogs, we’ve got plenty to filter!)

According to HGTV’s Ramos, you can cut back on the allergens in your home with a few simple steps:

  • Bathe and groom your pets on a regular basis to help keep pet dander at bay.
  • Regularly wash bedding and linens at high heats – approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit  – to help keep dust mites from collecting on your bedding.
  • Use a high performance filter, like the Filtrete 1” Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter.  Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season.

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits,, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.

  • At my house we’ve declared war on dander… including weekly baths with a deshedder shampoo followed a couple days later by a long brushing with the Furminator, and followed finally by a thorough rubdown with Allerpet. Lotta work, but the payoff is breathing easier.
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