Tips for Pet Owners with Allergies

Do you want a dog or cat, but are afraid to adopt one because of allergies? For people with allergies, having pets can be quite challenging. Having allergies doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have pets, however. While a goldfish or reptile may be a better option for people with severe allergies, those with mild to moderate allergic reactions may just need to take some extra precautions. Below, a Haleyville, AL vet offers tips on having both pets and allergies.

Adopt The Right Pet

For people with allergies, choosing the right pet is crucial. While none of our furry friends are entirely hypoallergenic, some breeds are easier on people with allergies than others are. Hairless kitties, such as the Sphynx, are a good option for people who want cats, though, of course, not everyone finds them appealing. The Bengal, Balinese, and Burmese are also good choices. If you want a dog, some of the breeds you may want to consider adopting include the Bedlington Terrier, Maltese, and Poodle. We recommend getting a smaller dog, because, well, less dog means less fur and dander.

Choose Fabrics Wisely

When shopping, pick fabrics that don’t trap hair. Microfiber is a good option for furniture. Leather is another good choice, though it does scratch easily. Another option is to put slipcovers on your furniture. Choose ones that are easy to slip on and off, and wash them frequently.

Vacuum/Dust

To reduce the amount of allergens in your home, vacuum and dust frequently. Change the bag or canister in your vacuum regularly.

Air Quality

Investing in a good air purifier can make a huge difference for people with allergies. Remember to change the filter regularly! Plants can also help.

Brushing

Regularly brushing will remove the dead fur and dander from your pet’s coat, so that it gets trapped in the brush, instead of getting stuck to your clothing and furniture. If you have a pooch, brush Fido outdoors when weather permits. For kitties, have Fluffy in your lap with a towel beneath her. Wash the towel as soon as you’re finished.

Tips

Adopting an animal is a lifelong commitment. If you’re not sure how you’ll fare over time, start with a shorter commitment, such as fostering or pet sitting.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your local Haleyville, AL animal hospital, anytime!

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