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Dog Allergies and Cat Allergies

The most common pet allergies are dog allergies and cat allergies. They may cause a variety of allergy symptoms.

Contrary to common belief, a protein in the saliva and dander of cats, not their hair, is what produces allergic reactions in humans. This allergen is particularly sticky and may be carried on clothing and belongings from places with cats to areas without cats. Cat allergen may also remain airborne for long periods of time.

Airborne allergens from animal dander may be reduced by opening windows, using exhaust fans, or installing high-efficiency air cleaners and filters.

Soft furnishings, such as carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture may hold cat allergen for up to twenty weeks after the cat’s removal from the environment. For this reason, cats should be kept out of bedrooms and their access to other areas in the home strictly limited.

Dogs and cats should be washed regularly to reduce the amount of allergen produced. Cats should be washed weekly for three weeks and then every two to three weeks thereafter to reduce dander.

Consult with your veterinarian for other non-toxic means of reducing animal dander.

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