Pets and Allergies: Get the Facts

70% of American homes have pets and one of the biggest issues are allergies.
Pets don't actually causing you to sniffle and sneeze, it’s their proteins.
Itchy eyes, sneezing or a runny nose after spending time with a pet may be a sign of an allergic reaction.
Pet allergies have been rising for 30 years and can affect anyone.
Pets don't actually causing you to sniffle and sneeze, it’s their proteins.
In addition to pets themselves, pets can also track outdoor allergens such as pollens, mold dust mites and more, into the home.
Antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays and allergy shots are some ways to treat allergy symptoms.
There are various ways to manage your pet allergies by keeping the pet outside, limit carpeting, use HEPA air filters, minimized upholstered furniture, vacuum and clean often and brush and wash your pet regularly.
Being exposed to allergens over time can sometimes lessen symptoms or shots regular shots may help.
Pet allergies are not impacted by the hair length or the amount your pet sheds.
You can control pet dander with products, vigilant cleaning, and HEPA air filters.
Proteins in a cat’s saliva are the major cause of allergy symptoms.
There’s no scientific evidence that hypoallergenic pets exist.
Find a breed you’re interested in and then arrange to spend time with the animal before taking it home.
If your allergies become chronic and severe, you may have no other choice than to say goodbye to your pet.

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