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Dear Daisy Dog

Ginger, our golden retriever, was diagnosed with allergic skin disease. Testing showed she’s most allergic to dust mites, so she will start immunotherapy allergy injections soon.

Is there anything we can do to minimize dust mites in our home?

Daisy Responds

Dust mites are a common cause of allergies in dogs, cats and humans.

While it’s difficult to control dust mites, at least one company offers environmental treatment using borate that is said to be successful in 70 percent of cases.

The treatment takes effect in two to four weeks and needs to be repeated every four to six months. Dust mites prefer warm, humid, dark environments, like mattresses, comforters, fabric upholstery, carpeting, dog beds and cloth toys. They usually do not live in furnace ducts, wood floors or leather furniture.

Dust mites eat dander, the fine flakes of skin that we dogs and you humans shed every day.

They don’t bite, but they make life miserable for dogs and others allergic to the proteins in their bodies and feces.

To minimize the dust mite population in your home, protect Ginger’s bed (and your mattress, if she sleeps there during the day) with a plastic or rubber zipped cover designed to prevent dust mites from congregating.

Use washable pillows made of synthetic components, not natural materials like down. Wash bedding and cloth toys frequently in hot water.

During humid months, dry the air in your home with an air conditioner or dehumidifier.

For more information on determining whether your home has a substantial number of dust mites and, if so, how to control them, contact AVEHO Biosciences toll-free at 866-590-0972, or visit www.avehobiosciences.com.

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