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Pet Allergies

Pet Allergies - Myths, Facts, and Avoidance. Learn how to minimize allergies to pets and pet dander.

  • Cat and Dog Allergies


    The Truth About Cats and Dogs (and Their Dander)!

    What Am I Allergic To?

    Despite what you may have heard, you are not allergic to your animal's hair. Rather, pet allergies are reactions to a protein found in the saliva, dander (dead skin flakes) or urine of an animal. Urine is the main source of allergens from rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. In cats, the main source of allergens is a protein called Fel d1 secreted by the cat's salivary glands and sebaceous glands in the skin. Dog allergen also comes most commonly from dander and saliva. Dander particles are similar to, only much smaller than dandruff on the human scalp, and they are constantly shed into the environment. Cat allergen is so sticky that it adheres to walls, furniture, clothing and shoes. People who do not even own a cat can have allergy symptoms due to allergen being tracked into their homes. Any of these allergenic proteins from any animal can easily become airborne and land on the lining of the eyes or nose, or be inhaled directly into the lungs. Continue reading

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  • Pet Dander

    Pet Allergies

    Pet Allergies - Myths, Facts, and Avoidance

    Animal dander allergies - how big is the problem?

    According to studies published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, scientific journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAA&I) up to 10% of the general population and 40% of allergic individuals react to cats and dogs. Allergy to cats is twice as common as allergy to dogs. In most areas of the country approximately 50% of homes will have a dog or cat living indoors. Many of the homes where there is no pet living inside still contain enough dander to cause an allergic reaction. Continue reading

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