Owning a loving pet can be an amazing experience, and that is why about 62% of United States households have pets. According to American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, people own more than 161 million dogs and cats. Those who have pet allergies must suffer most days or do not get to have the experience of living with a furry best friend.
Most people are under the impression that pet hair is the main trigger for allergies, but that is not entirely factual. There are proteins found in an animal’s dander— saliva, urine, and skin flakes—which is directly responsible for causing allergic reactions and asthma symptoms. When owning outdoor/indoor pets, they can have outdoor allergens on them, such as pollen or mold spores.
Allergens are typically considered harmless, although they can trigger immune systems and make them overreact. The most common symptoms are sneezing, sniffling, and watery eyes.
Some people are led to believe there is such a thing as hypoallergenic breeds of both dogs and cats, but that is not the case. Yes, outdoor animals with long hair are more susceptible to bringing harmful allergens into the home, but short-haired pets also cause allergy symptoms. The amount of dander produced by an animal is not related to types of fur and the length of it. Dander is also not affected by the amount a pet will shed.
It is possible to prevent pet allergy symptoms with the help of an allergist or immunologist. We have offices near Willow Grove,PA and Jenkintown, PA and Marlton, PA. Come to our office for allergy testing and treatments that can help you have a happy and allergy free life with furry friends.