The Best Pet Allergy Vacuums

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The task of cleaning pet hair off of furniture, carpets, rugs, and most other surfaces is probably the biggest nuisance faced by pet owners.  If you are a pet owner with allergies, the nuisance extends beyond the unsightly shed hair to include pet dander, which is what actually triggers allergic responses in those with pet allergies.  Finding the right vacuum cleaner to help you minimize the allergens in your home can mean you spend less time dealing with your allergies and more time enjoying your pet.

There are quality vacuum cleaner models available for well under $100, but you can also easily spend several hundred.  Knowing what features mean the most to you in terms of practicality, purpose, and preference can make sure you end up with the best model to meet your needs regardless of your budget.

Corded versus rechargeable


A corded vacuum cleaner is better suited for larger areas than most rechargeable models.  Corded models tend to have a bit more power and won’t fade on you before the job is done because a cord provides a constant power source.  Cordless models rely on a battery, and these batteries vary greatly in terms of how long a charge will last, how long it takes to recharge the battery, and whether or not the machine maintains full power throughout the duration of a charge or slowly loses suction as the battery power fades.  If you have a large home, having a cordless model that doesn’t hold a charge very long and takes a while to recharge can mean you can’t get all of your vacuuming done in one session.  An inexpensive cordless model can be a great backup to your regular machine for spot cleaning in your pet’s favorite areas between whole-house cleanings.

Body style

Upright vacuums are typically more maneuverable than canister vacs.  Without the proper attachments, though, uprights can have a hard time cleaning stairs, furniture, or vertical surfaces.  Canisters are more likely to come with a larger variety of attachments, making it easier to clean areas other than floors.  There are now some models that can be converted easily from upright to canister.  With any model you consider, make sure to check out the accompanying attachments.

Flooring type


Many vacuum cleaners are designed specifically for bare floors or specifically for carpets.  Machines designed for use on bare floors rely mainly on straightforward suction to lift dirt and pet hair.  These models won’t work well on carpet because they aren’t able to get below the carpet’s surface, thereby leaving as much dirt and hair behind as they pick up.  Likewise, the roller brush heads designed for use on carpet are less effective on hard floors because they are less able to handle the fine seams and texturing of most bare floors.  There are newer models that have settings for both carpet and hard floors–ideal for those of us that need both.  If pet hair is a problem, look for models that can remove pet hair without it getting so caught up on the roller brush that the brush becomes ineffective.  Once a brush gets clogged with hair, you could well be releasing more hair than you’re removing.

Filtration and containment

When we vacuum, we expect that everything we’re picking up is making its way to the bag or hard canister designed to trap our dirt.  Unfortunately, many models have poor filtration and containment systems that allow too much dust back into the air.  Look for a system that offers HEPA-quality filtration and a means of trapping the most dust possible.  Machines best at containing dirt and dust won’t ever give off that “vacuum-cleaner smell.”  Making sure that what you suck up stays contained is key to managing allergies.  It can even mean that you can get away with vacuuming a little less often.

Many vacuum cleaner models claim to be specifically designed to help those with pet allergies.  Don’t let such claims fool you.  Understand the basis for that claim and don’t neglect “regular” models, as many of them can readily handle the needs of pet owners with allergies, often at a lesser price than the “specialized” versions marketed to pet owners. If you need more information on the best cleaning machine for homes with pets, visit

November 7, 2016

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How to Choose the Right Dog for You

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Having pets is great but it involves more than just playing with them five minutes a day when you are bored. Dogs especially require a lot of care, compared to cats for instance. If you are considering getting a dog, first think about certain factors that are truly significant so that your dog would be happy with you.


How to Choose a Dog

  • Dogs are great companions and influence our lives in a positive way, making us happier and more responsible. However, if you work a lot and cannot dedicate time to caring for a dog, then it might not be a best idea to get one.
  • In case you are busy a lot but you want to have a pet dog so much, then consider hiring someone to walk your dog. Also, think about which breed you would get. There are certain dog breeds that require less care than others.


  • Your way of life isn’t the only factor you should be taking into account. The environment in which you live is also important when getting a dog. If your living space is small getting a big dog, no matter how much you would like to have a particular large breed it’s just not going to be a good decision. Your dog may develop some health issues, or make your house a mess.
  • Different breeds require appropriate climate for them to be healthy and happy. Think about how your dog might be affected by the climate in your region. For instance, Husky naturally lives in colder climates and isn’t really happy in areas where it’s mostly hot throughout the year.
  • If you plan to get a puppy, bear in mind that it will need to be trained. You’ll need to teach the dog where it can relieve itself and also not to destroy your things. If you cannot train a puppy, adopt a dog that has already been house trained.
  • Most importantly, have fun with your dog. Take it out of the house and go for a run. Dogs love running and playing.

Thing to Consider Before Getting a Dog


  • You should remove all the important things as well as clothes and shoes out of your dog’s reach or it will damage them. It’s best to have plenty of toys for a puppy to chew, instead something expensive.
  • Keep all cleaning supplies and anything else that might be dangerous to your dog. They love to explore, so keep the chemicals away to avoid these kinds of issues.
  • Your dog needs to be neutered if you aren’t getting one that already has been. There are also necessary vaccinations and spraying against fleas, ticks and other insects. You’ll also need to bring it for regular check-ups.
  • You dog needs to have an appropriate leash. If the leash is not lengthy enough, or is too long, your dog might get hurt.
  • Also, if the particular dog breed you’re planning to get is considered potentially dangerous, you will need to put a harness when you’re walking a dog. The dog needs to be safe and so are other people and their dogs.
  • You should get health insurance for your pet. Visit a vet and talk about possible options.

October 27, 2016

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What is the APBDA?

The APBDA is the Association for People with Big Dogs and Animals. As loving owners of greyhounds, mastiffs, tigers and more, we feel that sometimes pet and animal companies cater to people with smaller pets, and general society can sometimes by intimidated by us. We aim to turn those stereotypes around, one pet at a time.