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Allergic reaction to pets

Dander from pets

Our pets can be like members of our family, but unfortunately, they can also be an allergy trigger for some people.

Pet Allergies

This is a challenging but manageable situation. If your pet lives outdoors or spends a lot of time outdoors, when they re-enter the house, they can become a transporter for stowaway outdoor pollen. It would be easy to assume the pet itself was responsible for allergies, but you can find out by wiping them down before they come indoors to remove pollen that may be sticking to their fur.

Cat fur

You may be a “cat person” or a “dog person,” but if you are allergic to cats, it doesn’t mean you are allergic to dogs, too, and vice versa. Of course, the most exact way to find out exactly what you are allergic to is by getting an allergy test.

What is it about pets that cause allergies? The allergens that pets produce are in their urine, saliva, and dander (which are the dead skin cells that flake off regularly through the process of the pet’s natural shedding); it is not due to their fur as is commonly believed. So, it’s not the fur that causes your allergy symptoms but rather the saliva on the fur from the pet’s self-grooming. Once the saliva is dry, it becomes airborne very easily.

Avoiding having a dog or a cat as a pet is obviously the best way to avoid this problem, but if you are committed to keep your pet at all costs, there are ways to help manage your symptoms.

Tips for dealing with Cat and Dog Allergies


Washing a dog to help manage pet allergies

Regularly wipe down your dog or cat to remove saliva that is on their fur from grooming themselves.

Watch out for pollen

Wipe down your dog or cat whenever they re-enter the home to remove outdoor pollen from their coat.

Grooming routine

Frequent grooming of your dog or cat – preferably by someone other than you - will also help reduce allergens on their coat.

Sleeping habits

Cat fur on the sofa

Try to keep your dog or cat out of the bedroom. This will limit your exposure to airborne allergens such as dander. Giving them their own area to eat and sleep, away from bedrooms and living rooms could be a good solution.


Extra attention to vacuuming of the car, furniture, and especially the dog’s or cat’s bed, will help keep the allergens lower.

Avoidance is the most straightforward strategy for managing dog or cat allergies. However, for those who can’t live without their furry friend there is hope. Allergens are found in all dogs’/ cats’ saliva and dander. Although, science proves that there are no hypoallergenic dogs or cats, there are characteristics allergy sufferers can look for:


Smaller dogs or cats leave a smaller allergen footprint by basically emitting less organic matter (i.e., saliva) than bigger pets.

Different dog species


– Dogs or cats that shed less release less allergens into the air. All dogs and cats shed, but those who shed their hair or fur less are considered more allergy friendly.

If you are still suffering you may require medication.Find out more about the allergy treatment options available to you.