So Happy Together: Living With A Pet When You Have Pet Allergies
Being an animal lover with pet allergies is no walk in the park. An estimated 3 out of 10 people in the U.S. suffer from pet allergies, many of whom wonder if they will ever be able to live with a pet, or worse, how they can keep the beloved pet they already have.
The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital understand your desire to share your home with a four-legged companion. We hope you will find our ideas for coping with your pet allergies helpful.
What Are Pet Allergies?
A pet allergy is an allergic reaction to specific proteins found in dander (flecks of skin shed by all mammals), dried urine, and feces. Because hay fever and asthma sufferers may find that their symptoms worsen in the presence of pets, and because, it’s imperative that you have your pet allergy, and it’s severity, diagnosed by your doctor or allergist.
Coping With Pet Allergies
Learning how to manage your pet allergy symptoms is a crucial step on the road to living with a pet. Keeping your home as free from allergens as possible is an important part of this process and can be accomplished in the following ways:
What About Hypoallergenic Pets?
Although some people report experiencing fewer allergy symptoms when in the presence of certain dog or cat breeds, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic pet. This is due to the fact that all “warm blooded” animals shed dander. However, there are certain breeds who appear to shed less of it, including:
For those with severe dog or cat allergies, exotic pets such as snakes, lizards, or fish can make fascinating and enjoyable companions. Because exotic pets have specific requirements for their nutrition, environment, and medical care, it’s important to do your research and be fully prepared before committing to one of these animals.
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