Allergies - Know the Enemy - Pet Dander

Not too long ago I read an article where it said that a large majority of people who have pet allergies own one. I know it is a fact because our daughter owns two cats and has allergies.

Dogs, Cats, And Other Furry Animals

Pet Allergies - Cats & DogsMany animals such as horses, goats, and rabbits can be allergy-causing.  But because they live so closely with us, household pets are the most common source of allergic reactions to animals. Many people think that pet allergy is provoked by the fur of cats and dogs. But researchers have found that the major allergens are proteins secreted by oil glands in the animals' skin and shed in dander as well as proteins in their saliva and urine, which sticks to the fur when the animal licks itself or empties its bladder.

People have always said that when it comes to allergies, cats are worse than dogs.  We now know that it is because cats lick themselves more than dogs, thereby spreading the allergens-laden saliva all over their bodies. In addition, cats may be held more and spend more time in the house, close to humans. 

Urine is also a source of allergy-causing proteins. When the substance carrying the proteins dries, the proteins can then float into the air. Some rodents, such as guinea pigs and gerbils, have become increasingly popular as household pets. They, too, can cause allergic reactions in some people, as can mice and rats. Urine is the major source of allergens from these animals. Allergies to animals can take two years or more to develop and may not subside until six months or more after ending contact with the animal.

Carpet and furniture are a reservoir for pet allergens, and the allergens can remain in them for four to six weeks. In addition, these allergens can stay in household air for months after the animal has been removed. Therefore, it is wise for people with an animal allergy to check with the landlord or previous owner to find out if furry pets have lived previously on the premises before they make a decision to rent or buy a new home.

Think there is such a thing as "Allergy Free Dogs".  Not really but there are some breeds that are better
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