Pets are a much loved part of millions of families across Australia! While most people can live harmoniously with a furry friend by their side, some unlucky pet owners suffer pet-related allergies which make living with and caring for a four-legged friend much harder. A pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, urine, or saliva and symptoms typically include sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and in severe cases, asthma. Having a pet allergy doesn’t necessarily mean you have to live a life without a beloved cat or dog. Caring for a pet when you have allergies can be challenging, but it is possible. Read on for a few tips that may help.
Determine the type of allergy that you have.
Seek advice from a medical professional to help you understand what it is specifically that you are allergic to. Don’t assume that you are allergic to cats, it may be the pollen that they bring inside after a run around the backyard.
Consider a hypoallergenic breed.
Some breeds of cats and dogs, such as the Siberian cat or the Bichon Frise, naturally produce less dander and saliva, which can reduce allergic reactions. It is important to keep in mind that these breeds, and even hairless breeds may still cause a bad allergic reaction in people with severe allergies. Not all people with allergies react the same way. You may be able to tolerate some dog breeds and cats but not others, so it’s best to spend some time with different breeds before making a decision to get a pet.
Groom your pet regularly.
Regular bathing and grooming can help to reduce the amount of allergy-causing dander (old skin cells) and hair in your home, which can help to minimize your allergic reactions. Be sure you use pet-specific shampoo, and check with your local Roleystone vet to make sure weekly bathing is ok for your pet’s skin type.
Use air purifiers and filters.
These devices can help to keep the air inside your home cleaner and reduce the amount of pet dander and other allergens in the air.
Clean your home frequently.
Dander and hair can accumulate in furnishings such as curtains and blinds and carpeted floors. Vacuum and mop frequently and thoroughly as this will remove allergens around your home. Frequently wash cushion covers, blankets and other soft furnishings that may come in contact with your pet and wash your pet’s bedding weekly.
Consider allergy shots or medications.
If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider taking allergy shots or using over the counter or prescription medications to help reduce your symptoms. Antihistamine nasal sprays and pills are affordable and can make living with pets a much more enjoyable experience.
A pet can bring so much joy to your life, so even if you do have an allergy to dander or pet hair, it is still possible to enjoy the companionship of a pup or feline friend. A combination of approaches is the best way to succeed in this situation. Consult an allergist for their recommendation on medications, maintain a strict house cleaning routine, and try to select a breed which is known for being hypoallergenic. For more information on particular breeds of cat or dog, don’t hesitate to ask your local vet. Roleystone locals can visit Railway Avenue Veterinary Hospital for expert advice on ways to minimise your pet allergies.
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