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Holiday Parties and Pet Allergies

'Tis the season for holiday parties. But what do you do when you've got a few guests coming over who are allergic to your dog or cat? As Yahoo Health explains, there are a few things you can plan for to keep the sniffles out of your home.

First off, can you kennel your pet so that it's not around when the party starts? Send your pet on a mini vacation so that when you start to clean, there's no chance of pet-dander contamination. If your pet is bound to stay in your home, keep it in one room while you tidy up and prepare for your guests to arrive.

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When getting your home clean, know that the vacuum is your best friend. Nothing works better to collect pet-related allergens. Carpets, couches and drapes are all places where fur and dander hide, so vacuum thoroughly and, if possible, use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.

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If you want to go the extra mile, get an air purifier for the room where guests will be spending most of their time. And be an extra-good host by stocking up on antihistamines like Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin in case someone starts to get a runny nose or itchy eyes.

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What to do when you're the guest facing off against a host with pets? Bring your own antihistamines along, or take some prior to the event. With proper planning, you'll be sneeze-free while enjoying your eggnog.

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