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Allergies to Animals

Allergies to Animals

Animal allergies are often a respiratory allergy and rarely a skin allergy.

Indoor pets can spread allergens throughout your home. Some common pet-related allergens include animal dander (dead skin or scales from animals), urine, and dried saliva. Cats in particular spread dried saliva, but other small animals such as mice and gerbils can spread it too. Hair is often not the problem. Short-haired animals are no less of a problem than long-haired ones.

Animal allergies produce symptoms of:

When allergies are worse around pets, there are some things you can try to reduce your allergy symptoms.

  • Keep the pet outside of the house or at least out of the bedroom.
  • Bathe your pet once a week.
  • Ask a family member who does not have allergies to clean your pet's litter box.
  • Keep a caged pet, such as a gerbil, outside your home in a garage or shed.
  • Consider finding your pet a new home if your symptoms are severe.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedApril 29, 2011

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