Pet Allergies

pet allergiesAllergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma..It is estimated that 15 to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats, dogs, dust mites and dander.

Some of these people with may be allergic to all dogs or to only some breeds.

Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies.Cat and dog allergens are everywhere in your home, in the air, in carpets and beds. Pet dander is even in homes never occupied by these animals because it is carried on people’s clothing.

The allergens get in the air with petting, grooming or stirring the air where the allergens have settled. Once airborne, the particles can stay suspended for long periods of time. If you must have carpets, select one with low pile and steam clean frequently. Better yet, use throw rugs that can be washed in hot water.

Wear a dust mask to vacuum. Vacuum cleaners stir up allergens that have settled on carpets and furniture and make allergies worse. it is best to use a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter if possible.