Pets can cause problems to allergic patients in several ways. Their
dander (skin flakes), saliva, and urine can cause an allergic reaction. The animal's fur
itself is not considered to cause an allergic reaction. However, the fur/hair does collect
pollen, dust, mold spores, and saliva, which can cause an allergic reaction. Even if the
pet has short fur/hair, the same allergic reaction will occur.
FACTS ABOUT PETS ALLERGIES
Frequent vacuuming will not control this allergy problem, because it
stirs up the small allergen particles.
- Bathing your pet one to two times weekly could help reduce the
- The best treatment for pet allergies is to remove the animal from the
- Keeping the animal outside is not the solution. Pets kept outside
have a greater concentration of allergy producing substances.
- Pet allergen particles can go through fabrics. In some cases it can
take up to a year after the pet is gone for your home to be completely free of the
allergen. This means you must clean the walls, ceilings, and ducts.
- Notify your physician if there are any times when you must go into an
environment that has pets to which you are allergic.
- You should not clean out the pet's litter box, as exposure to the
animal's waste can cause an allergic reaction. There is no particular breed of cat or dog
that is better than another. Therefore, changing the breed of pet will not help your
- Confining your pet to one room will not limit the allergens to that
room. Air currents from forced air heating or air conditioners will spread the allergens
throughout the house, but do minimize quantity of pet allergens in bedroom.
- Allergy shots and REP A filters help many tolerate some pet