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Just like human allergies, pet allergies are equally as common. As pet parents, we love our fur children, and nothing can keep us away from them.

Most pet owners believe it’s pet’s hair we are most likely be allergic to but that is not at all what the cause of this inconvenience is about.

The allergies we experience are part of a major process involving the human immune system and your pet’s urine, saliva and dander.

People who suffer from pet allergies have more sensitive immune systems, thus resulting in even the smallest amount of animal allergens to cause allergic reactions.

Allergens are pet urine, saliva and dander. Dander are small pieces of dead skin cells that are shed, just like dandruff. As a pet owner when petting your dog, you might get allergic reactions and for exactly that reason, we think it is their hair we are allergic to.  However, it is not, it is the allergens that are transferred through their mouths when they groom themselves. Pet hair is not an allergen just a carrier of it.

Unfortunately, allergens are stubborn they do not lose their strength and can linger where ever they are for days, weeks even months. Allergens can be found in homes that do not even have house pets. We as pet owners transfer pet allergens wherever we may go; pet allergens get caught on our clothes as well as on your curtains, carpets, bedding and in the air around us.

Cat allergies are more common than dog allergies. Male cats shed more allergens that female cats and female cats shed more than dogs. This is because of the amount of grooming that cat’s do compared to dogs. We have all heard of hypo-allergenic pets, but there is truly no such thing as a hypoallergenic pet. It has been shown that you could let a person pet 2 different dogs of the same breed and the allergic reaction could be more severe or less severe. You could be allergic to one type of breed or even all of them.

ALLERGIC REACTIONS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • Stuffy or a runny nose

  • Red swollen eyes

  • Itchy eyes

  • Inflamed eyes

  • Itchy skin

  • Red rash on the skin

  • Coughing

  • Wheezing

  • Asthma

Coughing and wheezing are caused when allergens are present in the air and then inhaled. The allergens enter our chest area and can cause a severe allergic reaction depending on how sensitive you are.

Normal allergic reactions like a stuffy nose can present itself in a couple of days after the interaction if you have a low sensitivity level to allergens.

Pet allergies can be very frustrating and annoying, who wants to deal with a stuffy nose or itchy eyes, but we do as we love and adore our pets. I could not even imagine or consider having to give up my fur baby just to eliminate this inconvenience to me. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make the situation manageable and help lessen the allergic reactions.

Firstly, start by trying to reduce exposure to your pet. Do not allow your fur baby to sleep on your bed or furniture. Rather, buy them a nice bed or mattress that they can enjoy as their own.

Keep your home clean and free from unnecessary clutter, thus reducing the number of allergens luring around the house.

Groom your pets. In grooming your pet, you remove that excess dander and therefore removing allergens.  This, however, must be done weekly to be effective. However, don’t hand grooming over to that family member who is most sensitive to pet allergens.

If you are considering getting a pet, consider a pet that would be less allergenic. Mostly that would be a fish, but having a fish is not quite the same as having a puppy or kitten!  So, do your research for pets with the least likely pet allergy reaction.

If you have been consistently applying these recommendations above, and it has not improved your allergic reactions, anti-allergy medication is your next option. This will reduce those symptoms and you could enjoy time with your pets without sneezing or scratching.

There are those who would suggest you just, “don’t get a pet then”, or, “just get rid of the one you have”, to solve your allergy problem.  BUT, the love you have for a fur child is unique and we would have it no other way.  There is a great product on the market called Allerpet.