With these 7 tips, you don’t have to choose between your four-legged pal and significant other.
Pets and humans make for great companions. But it can be a disaster when your four-legged friend makes your partner cry, sneeze and break out from an allergic reaction. An estimated 10 percent of Americans suffer from pet allergies, meaning your darling's allergies could come between you and your cat or dog. These seven tips can help ease tensions in the home and keep the love triangle between your pet and significant other happy and sneeze-free:
1.) Find the source of the problem
Have your partner consult a doctor to find out what triggers their allergies before pointing fingers at the pet. Sometimes allergies are caused by external influences, such as pollen, dust, mold or seasonal allergens. A doctor can properly diagnose your partner's symptoms.
2.) Declare your bedroom "pet-free"
Mark your bedroom, or any other targeted area of your house, a pet-free zone. This will ensure your partner will have someplace to go that is not littered in pet dander. Compromise is essential in balancing a relationship with your two loved ones.
Train your pet to not enter certain areas of your home early on to keep them from resisting directions.
3.) Bathe your pet weekly
Bathing your pet weekly can help cut down on some of the allergens stuck to its fur. Regular baths can reduce allergens on your pet up to 85 percent, according to The Asthma Center. Fewer allergens on your pet mean less dander left around the house.
4.) Invest in an air purifier
An air purifier with a HEPA filter can drastically change the environment in your house. An air purifier can filter up to 99.97 percent of common allergens like dust, animal dander and pollen. Keeping one in an area of your home where both your pet and partner like to go can help remove allergens and make the interaction between the two easier.
5.) Clean, clean, clean
Vacuum carpets, rugs and fabric sofas and dust diligently to remove any traces of pet dander. Routine cleaning is key to providing an allergy-free environment for your significant other and your pet as well.
Be sure to do the laundry often to remove remnants of pet dander from clothing and shower or bathe frequently to wash allergens from your body.
6.) Groom your pet
Reduce your pet's shedding by consistent grooming. The Animal Humane Society recommends brushing pets every few days. Continuous brushing removes dead skin cells and gives your pet a healthier coat that sheds less.
7.) Try medical treatment
For a more permanent solution, ask your partner if they are willing to seek medical treatment. "Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, have been shown to eradicate pet allergies entirely in as much as 80% of patients who take the full course", says allergist and immunologist James Sublett, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Allergy shots can be effective but costly. A year's supply of allergy shots can range from $800-1,000, according to AngiesList.com. If you want to avoid the cost, consider practicing the other six tips for a more affordable solution.
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Tracy Dahlby spoke at the pilot session. Photo courtesy of Diana Dawson.
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A new monthly series called “Conversations on the Craft,” features guest speakers talking about writing.
The next speaker on the craft is Jay Bernhardt, dean of the Moody College of Communication. Dean Bernhardt will be speaking Wednesday, March 2, on the “art of the business e-mail and the business letter.” The event will be at 5 p.m. at the Belo Center for New Media in room 3.378.
The speaker series is sponsored by the Moody College Writing Support Program, better known as the journalism writing center, which was created two years ago to help students in the School of Journalism with their writing skills. The center, formed by director Diana Dawson and one student “coach,” now caters to all majors in the Moody College with a total of 12 student coaches.
“Like a good story, a program has to be focused,” Dawson said
The Moody Bridge connects the two communication buildings on Dean Keeton. File Photo.
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The bridge connecting the Belo Center for New Media and the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center buildings officially opened March 22 at 7 a.m.
A formal dedication ceremony for the Moody Bridge will be held Thursday, March 31 at the Belo Center Plaza from 4-6 p.m.
Moody College dean Jay Bernhardt said the ceremony will be held to “celebrate this important milestone in the history of [the] Moody College.”
The Belo Center for New Media building. Photo courtesy of Moody College.
by Fatima Puri
The constant change in the field of communications has created a funding issue for communication schools trying to stay ahead of the technology curve.
The Moody College of Communication works to stay ahead by getting donations from alumni, corporations and non-affiliated “friends of the college,” or people who never attended the school but believe in what the college is doing and want to support teaching students in the changing communication and media environment.
Michael Wilson, the director of external relations at the Moody College, said “we all have got to recognize it costs us a lot more money to educate students than what we get through state appropriation and tuition and fees.”