3 Things to Know About Hypoallergenic Pets
Allergies can, unfortunately, deprive families of getting to enjoy a pet’s company. Some families opt for so-called hypoallergenic cat and dog breeds to bypass the allergy concern. If you’ve been considering one of these pets, you should know a few things before you contact a breeder and bring your new friend home.
You’re Not Actually Allergic to Fur
If you have a pet allergy, especially a cat allergy, you probably think it’s the fur and dander causing you to react. In fact, saliva in both dogs and cats is the culprit. It contains a protein that causes allergic reactions. When dogs and cats groom themselves, that enzyme ends up on their fur and dander, which becomes airborne in your home. Unfortunately, the protein in cat saliva is more likely to hang around in the air in your house.
Some Breeds Don’t Cause Allergies
Certain cat breeds don’t produce the saliva enzyme, so while their hair and dander is annoying, it won’t make you sneeze or give you itchy eyes. No breed is completely genetically hypoallergenic; however, some breeds of dogs and cats are less likely to cause allergic reactions. The only real way to know is to spend time around that breed and see how you feel.
Hypoallergenic Pets Are Not Hairless
A sphynx cat isn’t hypoallergenic because it’s naked. Naturally having no hair doesn’t mean a pet stops causing allergies in humans. Most hypoallergenic animals still shed because many of the breeds have hair or fur. The best way to combat pet hair and dander is still with a combination of vacuuming and good HVAC filters. Getting a short-haired breed instead of a longhaired one is another partial solution.
HVAC solutions like UV lamps, air purifiers, and HEPA air filters will assist with allergies and can help you manage minor pet allergies, whether you have a hypoallergenic pet or not. Here at Mike Merritt’s Heating and Air, we have IAQ tips for you, so call us at 904-240-4038.
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