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Spring has finally sprung, and the trees and flowers are in full bloom...and so are allergy sufferers' symptoms. Pet parents dealing with the peak allergy seasons combined with pet allergies are enduring a one-two punch courtesy of Mother Nature. Gesundheit!

Here are some tips to help make this allergy season—and every season—sneeze-free.
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2. Bathe Pets
Tame allergens by bathing pets, removing the allergens that accumulate in fur. Be careful not to bathe too often, as frequent bathing can dry out your pet's coat. Ask your vet or groomer for the safest products for your specific pet.
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3. Create No-Pet Zones
If you do have pet allergies, keep pets out of at least one room, preferably the bedroom. It's easier said than done, but training and treats will help here. Use hypoallergenic fabrics and materials and allergen-removing central air in your "no-pet zone."
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4. Clean Your Home
Vacuum frequently by using a vacuum equipped with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter or a disposable electrostatic bag. Remember to also regularly steam-clean all in-house fabrics, including curtains, upholstery and rugs. And clean the dreaded kitty litter already!
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5. Consider Hypoallergenic Dogs
Hypoallergenic dogs, especially the smaller ones, usually don't shed or produce as much dander and have a different pH level in their hair, making these pets more habitable with allergic parents.

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