Are You Allergic to Your Dog or Cat?

If you notice that your eyes start watering, your nose starts running, or you have difficulty breathing when you’re around your furry friend, then you may be allergic to your dog or cat. Many people commonly experience allergies that are related to pets with fur. Some dogs may shed less, but the fact is that there is no truly non-allergic dog or cat. That being said, there may be certain breeds of dogs that you are less reactive to.

What Causes Allergic Reactions to Pets?

Many people mistakenly think that they are allergic to their pet’s fur, but this just isn’t true. More than likely, you have a hypersensitive immune system. Your allergies are probably triggered by several different substances that come from your pet, including their saliva, dander, and even proteins in their urine. The substances that cause reactions are called allergens.

Best Treatment for a Pet Allergy

The best treatment would be to avoid cats and dogs altogether. If you already have a pet, however, this is probably not the solution that you want to hear. There are steps that you can take to reduce the impact of their allergens so that you can keep your pet and not suffer from constant allergic reactions.

  1. Since you spend a good chunk of time in your bedroom, make sure that this is one space that is off-limits to your dog or cat. You might also consider placing a HEPA air filter in your bedroom.
  2. Allergens are sticky, which means that it would be a good idea to remove all carpeting from your home and any furniture which your pet claimed for their own.
  3. Wear a dust mask when you vacuum. Since vacuums stir up allergens when you’re cleaning, it would be a very good idea to make sure that you are wearing a mask to reduce your exposure.

At The Allergy and Asthma Center of Corpus Christi, we know that suffering from allergies is miserable, which is why we offer the testing you need. We can help you identify the triggers for your allergies as well as offer the solutions you need. Call today to schedule an appointment!