More than 50% of American homes have a pet. But about 30% of people in the U.S. are allergic to dogs and cats.
Even those many people have a pet allergy, they aren’t willing to give up their pets. In the article “My Cat Allergy Is Killing Me, but Cupcake Stays,” the Wall Street Journal talks about people are keeping their pets even though their dander cause sniffling, sneezing and even asthma symptoms.
If you have a pet allergy, it’s ideal to not have a pet at all. And sadly, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic pet. Some people may be less sensitive to certain dog and cat breeds. But they may react to others. Small animals like hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs can cause allergy symptoms too.
If you have a pet, you can take steps to reduce allergy symptoms. Here are just a few ways to reduce the pet dander in your home:
- Dust often. Pet dander likes to hang out in dust.
- Keep your pet out your bedroom.
- Vacuum at least weekly with a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® vacuum.
- Wear a mask when you dust and vacuum or have someone who doesn’t have a pet allergy clean.
Learn more about pet allergy and how to reduce your exposure to pet dander.