There are millions of persons in the world sharing their homes and lives with their pets, even those with pet allergies! Unfortunately, many believe that once diagnosed with a pet allergy, they have no choice but to remove the pet from the home and family, thus breaking the human-animal bond. Thankfully, there are many ways to successfully manage pet-allergies in the home and preserve the human-animal bond!
Ask your allergist to specifically test for pet allergens and make certain they understand your commitment to your pet and managing pet allergens if confirmed! You may think it’s your cat or dog but perhaps it’s dust mites or the pollen attaching to your pet’s fur! If an allergy test confirms you’re allergic to your pet, it’s important to understand what you’re allergic to as managing these allergens (allergy-triggering proteins) will look different according to the allergen, most allergens being linked to saliva, dander or fur. What’s manageable will also vary – for one person, their allergy reaction may be mild sneezing. For another, it may be life-threatening asthma. Keep in mind additional allergens such as pollen, dust mites, cigarette smoke and mold can worsen these reactions.
As it’s common for allergy sufferers to have multiple allergies, concentrate on reducing all allergens in the home, not just the pet allergens. A combination of approaches – medical control of symptoms, housekeeping and immunotherapy – will allow for the most success in managing these allergies!