Dogs and cats release allergens through their skin, saliva and urine. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog or cat. All kinds of breeds, no matter how short or long their hair is can trigger an allergic reaction in some humans. Birds can also cause allergic reactions.
Every time cleans their fur or feathers; they are getting saliva on the surface of their bodies. The protein substances in the saliva can be spread in the air when it dries, this can be breathed in , or can settle on couches, beds, rugs and linens. The worst offenders for pet allergies are cats, not only is the protein in their saliva very tiny, but they also tend to lick themselves as part of their hygiene more often than other animals.
The saliva of the cat contains potent allergens. This is almost the same across all breeds of cats except for the Russian blue cats and Siberian cats that are thought to cause less allergies. But so far, experts believe that there is still no cat that can’t cause allergies.
Skin dander attaches to the pet’s hair, and when the hair is shed the hair and dander are spread throughout your house. The same thing happens whether an animal has long or short hair. Some dogs. like the Portuguese Water Dog, shed hair less frequent than others
Symptoms include sneezing, stuffy nose, skin reactions, red and itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing and runny nose.
At least 25% of families still keep their pets even though a member of their family has pet allergies. Here are several things that you can do to help alleviate the symptoms:
- Practice proper hand washing
- Avoid using carpets and rugs
- Give your pet a bath every week
- Keep your pets out of your bedroom
- Only play with your pets outside the house
If pet allergies can trigger asthma and can become a major problem. You may have to find your pet a new home if you or your child suffer from severe pet allergies.
Once your pet has found a new home, clearing out your home from the lingering allergens may take as long as 6 months to complete.
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