Martha Stewart, host of “The Martha Stewart Show,” paid a visit to the ASPCA (The American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Manhattan on Thursday to tape a segment about the ASPCA, America’s first and oldest humane organization.
Pictured with Ms. Stewart is Ed Sayres, President & CEO of the ASPCA, and Lambert, an 11-month-old male domestic shorthair who is available for adoption.
The ASPCA also commemorating Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month throughout the month of April. For details, visit aspcaapril.org. Also in April, Ms. Stewart will be the honoree of the ASPCA’s 2009 Bergh Ball, which will be held at the Plaza Hotel on April 23. Visit marthastewart.com/pets for more information.
- Don’t Blame Your Pet! If you think that you or a family member has allergies, Dr. Hansen suggests visiting a specialist to determine the exact cause of symptoms and to help alleviate them. And remember – pets get seasonal allergies, too! “Dogs often get ‘atopy,’ where they inhale allergens that cause excessively itchy skin, known as ‘pruritis,’” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. “Medications and immunotherapy (de-sensitizing shots) can allow you and your companion animal to live happily together.” Dr. Murray reminds pet parents that animals can also suffer from non-seasonal allergies, such as allergies to house dust and certain proteins in their food.
- Keep your home clean. Be sure to clean the litter box regularly. “Vacuum frequently by using a vacuum equipped with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter or a disposable electrostatic bag,” says Dr. Murray. “An air purifier fitted with a HEPA filter can also make a big difference in removing allergens from the air, and remember to still let in some fresh air daily.”
- Clean your pet, too! Dr. Murray encourages pet parents to bathe their pet in order to remove allergens that accumulate in fur. “Be careful, though, not to do this too often,” she says. “Frequent bathing can dry out your pet’s coat.” Products formulated to prevent dander from building up and flaking off into the environment are also available, but be sure to ask your veterinarian to suggest one that is safe to use on animals who groom themselves. Brushing or combing your pet frequently also helps to keep allergens at bay.
- Create an allergen-free room. Dr. Hansen recommends using the bedroom as the most practical choice. “It’s smart to use hypoallergenic bedding and pillow materials,” he says. “Allergen removing central air and furnace filters are another smart option.” If you do have pet allergies, keeping pets out of the bedroom can be very helpful in minimizing symptoms.
- Limit fabrics in your home. Allergens collect in rugs, drapes and upholstery, so do your best to limit them in your home. If you choose to keep some fabrics as part of your décor, steam-clean them regularly.
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