If you own a pet or planning to get one, then the first thing you need to learn about is whether you can stand their fur and dropping, etc, without showing any allergic reaction. If it is your first time, then it is mandatory to consult your physician once, since you will not know whether your body is compatible with being closer to animals or not.
Having a pet or even two or more in your home is just like expecting constant mixing of the odor of body oils into the environment, urine and saliva smell on your carpet, doormats, etc. Hence, it is suggested to consult your physician, since the reaction from your body might result in asthmatic symptoms, atopic dermatitis, rhinitis and even nettle rash.
Some children might also suffer from such health disorders, if you get a dog or cat for the first time, without knowing about their allergic issues. Even pets like a hamster, rabbit, birds, etc can give you allergies.
Allergy from Dogs and Cats
Allergic reactions in humans from being near a dog or cat is because of the presence of allergen in their urine, sweat and saliva. Allergens usually get groomed on the skin cells of the animals, and when the skin cells shed here and there in your home, they can spread such allergens into the environment. The spreading of such allergens is faster in the case of skin cells shedding than saliva or urine, because of their liquid property.
Even if there is no pet in a home, the faint presence of allergens will be there in the house or premises, if there a pet lived once in that place. Sometimes, children can be the carriers of such allergens, since the level of the presence of allergens will be comparatively higher at schools, playgrounds, etc, and other such outdoor environments.
The allergens present in cat skins are comparatively stronger than the allergens present in dog skin layer. Studies have shed light on the fact that the children who are brought up in the same surroundings like cats are more prone to health disorders, unlike the ones who are brought up without any animals in their home. On the contrary, some children also develop protective effects because of being around animals all their life.
How to Counteract the Problem
There are many ways to take care of the pet allergy problem. Some are listed below.
- If you or your child is allergic to pets, then do not bring or adopt one.
- Create a boundary within which your child is allowed to move freely. Never let any pet enter that perimeter.
- If you already own a pet, then keep the house clean by giving them a bath on a regular basis.
- Make sure that your pet does not start shedding fur, especially in those areas, where your family members frequently move in and out of the place.
Most of the times, some of your dear ones might work or come in contact constantly with some pets such as horses (in the case of trainers), animals like cat, dog, etc, of all breed (like veterinarians). Make sure that they do not enter your home with same shoes.