What If You Have a Pet, but Someone Has Allergies?

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Let’s face it: it’s definitely hard to live with a pet you are experiencing allergies just by sitting next to them. Whether you and your family is raising an English Mastiff, or a large Maine Coon cat, it is important to know how to deal with it when one or multiple members of the household are experiencing allergies. Unfortunately, some families think that they have to give up their pets if one is allergic: this shouldn’t always be the case. There are a lot of ways to deal with it, and these include the following:

Know what exactly what the allergy is


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One day, your younger sister was sent to the emergency room after encountering taking Yule the male Labrador out for a walk for the first time. Fortunately, your sister’s away from danger, but your parents insisted on giving Yule up and setting him up for adoption. You refuse, visibly upset and in tears. To remedy the situation, the doctor suggested a skin test. Later, it was found out that your sister isn’t allergic to Yule himself, but to the pollen that got stuck on the latter’s fur after a walk around the park.

Sometimes, allergies aren’t always what they seem – you might think that you’re allergic to your cat, but you’re actually just allergic to the dust on its fur. Know the root of the problem first before jumping into action. Remember, you might be giving up your pet for the wrong reasons!

Clean your home frequently

If one family member is sensitive to allergens, it is highly important to clean your home on a regular basis. By doing so, this reduces the chances of allergic reactions: keep in mind that people will always blame the cat or the dog even if the reaction was caused by the dust under the carpet. Try to vacuum the whole place regularly, in order to get rid of the shed fur, dander (dead skin cells) and other substances.

Keep your pet off the furniture

If Oreo, your male Siberian Husky, made it a habit to sleep on the couch while you’re watching TV, immediately make him stop doing it. By not allowing your pet to sleep or even go near the furniture, you reduce the chances of your allergic household member from getting allergic reactions. If you can’t stand his puppy eyes, just buy him a bed that he can call his own – just make sure that it’s large enough for him though.

Bathe your pet

Aside from fur and saliva, that unfortunate someone might also be allergic to dander, or the dead skin cells that are shed by your pet. Bathing on a weekly basis isn’t always recommended, so be sure to ask your veterinarian for the best advice. Make sure that you do it properly and safely – you wouldn’t want water to get stuck in your pet’s ears. Also remember to make the whole thing a positive experience – they won’t like baths if you force or raise your tone if they scamper!

Never let your pet enter the allergic member’s room

As much as possible, make sure that your pet won’t be allowed to stay or even go to the allergic person’s room or personal space, in order to reduce the occurrences of allergic reaction. Also remember to minimize their encounters: a simple pat or lick might cause sleepless nights and several hours of nasal congestion!

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