Unfortunately many people are allergic to family pets. Dogs and cats are particularly known to trigger allergies. It is not always their hair that is the issue, rather a protein (called dander) found in their sweat and saliva, which increases in production as the animal matures.
With smaller pets such as hamsters and mice, the allergen is normally present in their urine and becomes airborne. Dander can remain airborne for many hours, resulting in allergies even when the pet is not present. Dander can also be transported by pet owners to other locations.
Tips to avoid allergies caused by pets and animals:
- Where possible keep animals outside.
- Clean pets, their bedding and their housing regularly.
- Wash hands after handling animals