Domestic pets, especially cats and dogs, can cause allergies to its owners and caretakers. The most common symptoms of pet allergy are sneezing, watery or teary eyes, wheezing, coughing, and rashes especially to children.
Around ten percent of cats and dog owners suffer from pet allergies. Amidst all of the allergies caused by these pets, still, more or less eighty percent of those suffering from this allergy keep their pets inside their home.
What causes these allergies?
Cats and dogs normally shed off what we call pet dander. Dander is a minute and very, very light and buoyant particles or flakes or scales that are shed off from the skin, feathers, hair or fur of many animals. Mostly, pet dander accounts for the allergic reactions. Some allergy triggering factors are pets’ saliva, urine and stool, and fur. Most people with asthma should avoid having furry pets around them. Their fur can also accumulate outside allergens such as pollens and spores which can trigger allergic reaction.
Dogs and cats are not the only source of pet allergies. Dogs’ and cats’ saliva and dander or dead skin chaff and fur contribute to the allergies. The bird’s feather is also a common allergen. For other pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rabbits, their urine is the most common allergen.