Many people that have pet related allergies. Some are severe
enough to keep the person from having a pet, however, many times managing
the situation allows for a person and pet to live together. Pet allergies
stem mainly from the dander in a pet's skin that is transmitted to the
coat and spread when the animal sheds. Saliva can also contain allergens,
which cats in particular can spread by licking their fur before shedding.
There are steps, however, that can be taken to reduce the spread of these
allergens. First, creating an allergy free zone, usually a bedroom or section
of the house where pets aren't allowed provides a place that is relatively
allergen free. Keeping pets off furniture is helpful, as is reducing the
amount of fabric (such as curtains and carpets) used in the home since
these places collect dust, dander, and fur. Clean air is the goal, so high
efficiency air filters, as well as proper ventilation, and frequent vacuuming
with a high efficiency filtration system, all help to keep allergens out
of the air. Good care of your pet also helps to reduce allergens. Daily
brushing preferably by someone not allergic helps reduce shedding.
Weekly bathing, or using bath wipes also helps to reduce dander. However,
use a mild shampoo if bathing
frequently so as not to cause dry skin. Bathing a cat can be difficult,
but early training when the cat is young often helps them to adjust and
accept a bath, yet many find grooming and/or bath wipes a mcuh easier solution.
Finally, wash your hands after touching or petting your dog or cat.
If you are planning to get a pet, there are certain breeds of
pets that tend to easier for allergic pet owners to deal with. There are
no hypoallergenic pets, but due to their fur type and the amount that they
shed some tend to cause less of a problem. However, since there are no
guarantees it is best to meet your potential pet first to see if you have
a reaction to him. Animals that don't shed, have no fur, or have hair-like
fur tend to be pets that are easiest for allergy sufferers. This is due
to either less dander or less ability to spread dander from these animals.
For dog lovers small dogs are sometimes recommended simply because they
have much less fur than a large dog. In the no-hair or low hair category
Basenjis, Boxers, Chinese Crested, Greyhounds, Mexican Hairless and Whippets
are often recommended. Dogs that have hair-like fur include Bichon Frise,
Havanese, Maltese, Silky and Skye Terriers, and Yorkshire Terriers. Dogs
that don't shed are the Komondor, Poodles, and the Puli. Again, none of
these breeds are guaranteed to not spark allergies, but they are good breeds
to look into. Allergies to cats are even more common than allergies to
dogs. Due to the amount cats clean themselves and the fineness of their
fur cat dander is spread easily. A few cat breeds to investigate are the
Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex and the Sphinx.
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