Pet Allergy Facts
Only about 20% of people have pet allergies, but at least 60% of people with asthma are allergic to animals. So if your child has asthma, consider whether your pet could be producing allergens. the allergens could trigger asthma or allergic reaction/symptoms.
Despite what you might have heard, your pet’s fur probably isn’t to blame. Allergies are caused by the body’s reaction to a protein found in the animal’s dander (dead skin flakes), saliva, urine (pee), and feathers. Though pet hair itself isn’t the problem, this protein can cling to the fur when an animal licks itself.
Also, an animal’s fur can collect dust mites, pollen, mold, and other allergens. And any animal that lives in a cage (from birds to gerbils) will produce droppings that can attract mold and dust mites.
You may hear people say that certain breeds of dogs or cats won’t trigger asthma. But all warm-blooded animals shed allergy-causing proteins and are capable of causing an allergic reaction.
If you’re wondering whether your child is allergic to a pet, consider having him or her tested for allergies. If your child is allergic to your pet, you’ll have to decide to keep it or not. It’s better to remove the pet from your home, though this isn’t the easiest or happiest solution.
In some cases, your doctor may say that it’s OK to keep a pet. Probably if your child receives medicine or allergy shots. If you go this route, you’ll still want to limit your child’s exposure to the animal. Such as by keeping the pet out of your child’s bedroom and play areas. Hard as this is to enforce, try to teach your child not to hug or kiss the animal. Vacuum and dust regularly and avoid rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting, especially in your child’s room.
Unfortunately, such measures may not be enough. Because animal allergens are airborne, heating and ventilation systems will spread allergens throughout the house. Even if the pet is kept out of bedrooms. Keeping the pet in the yard isn’t an ideal solution either because some allergens will eventually be carried in on clothing.
If you decide to keep your pet, you might want to:
- Buy a Kirby Avalir Home Care System in Malta from Buffer Boys the Professional Cleaning Service, The Kirby Avalir Utilizes a HEPA Filtration system equal to what is used in hospitals for open heart surgery. This allows you to safely remove the bacteria from your pet all around your home.
- Keep your child away from the cat’s litter box, and place the box away from air vents.
- Have someone other than your child wash and brush your pet every week (this is advisable for cats as well as dogs).
- Encourage everyone to wash their hands after playing with your pet.
- Keep your pet out of the child’s bedroom and away from rugs and upholstered furniture.