Your pet is like a member of the family, but friends and family with allergies might have a tough time with this particular family member when visiting. However, there are things you can do to reduce dander in your home, whether you have a dog, cat, or even a bird.. Watch the video to learn ways to minimize allergens in your home to help reduce the risk of developing allergies yourself and trigger allergy symptoms in visitors.

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Minimize contact: Keep your pet outdoors as much as possible. Also bar pets from bedrooms where people with allergies sleep.

Keep pets off the couch: Keeping pets off carpets, upholstered furniture, and beds can reduce exposure to dander.

Clean, clean, clean: Dusting as often as possible will keep pet at bay. And be sure to use vacuums equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or double bags.

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Swap carpet for wood: Replacing wall-to-wall carpets with wood floors will make it easier to remove dander.

Bathe your pet: Research shows that frequently bathing your pet reduces the allergens found in their dander.

Clean the cages: Birdcages and rodent cages should be cleaned at least once a week.  Litter boxes should be cleaned frequently and moved out of living areas. If possible, keep cages and boxes in a shed or garage outside.