Facts About Pet Allergies

It is the last day of work and you and your friends are planning to have a simple get together dinner and movies in your place to welcome your new officemate. You have made plans already and everything has been set. Now all you are doing is wait for your guests to arrive. Then you heard the doorbell ring and you got up and opened the door. Your friends greeted you warmly and handed their gifts to you. Suddenly, your new officemate started sneezing. You asked if she has colds to which she replied, no and that she is okay. After a few minutes, she started sneezing again and this time, the interval between sneezes is very short. She apologized and asked if you have a cat because she is allergic to cats but she does not see a cat there. You told her that you have but your kitty is in the room. She apologized profusely and said she had to go. You were not able to do anything because you did not know she has allergy. You even felt sorry because it was supposed to be her party and yet, she was not able to enjoy it.

Pet allergies are common, especially to people with asthma. We always associate pet fur with our allergies. What else could be causing those sneezing fits if not for the pesky pet fur? But research says that it is not the fur that us causing those allergies. Surprised? Yes, it is not the animal’s fur that causes it but the proteins found in their saliva. We associate it with the fur since these proteins stick to the fur when the animals lick themselves. That is why most people are said to be allergic to cats. Cats always lick themselves and are held more. They spend so much time being close to humans and are always inside the house.

Another source of allergen is the pets’ urine. The urine also has allergy-causing proteins. When the urine dries, these allergens float in the air and can be inhaled by anyone in the place. With the increasing popularity of guinea pigs, gerbils, mice and rats as household pets, they can also cause allergic reactions to humans. And the main source of allergens is their urine.

It takes about two years or more for pet allergies to develop and about 6 months or more for it to decrease after ending contact with the pet. The best places for allergens to stay are carpets and furniture. They can remain in those places for about 4 to 6 weeks, plus the allergens can stay in the household air for a month even after the pet has been removed.

Now, we can put take the blame off the pet’s fur from being the thing that causes pet allergies. It great to have pets but if you really are suffering from pet allergies, then it is better to choose a safe kind of pet such as a fish. This way you will not suffer from allergens due to saliva proteins as well as urine proteins.