What Causes A Pet Allergy?

If you’re among the many pet lovers who can’t help but sniffle and sneeze around your four-legged friends, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. In the United States, as many as three in ten people who have allergies have an allergic reaction to cats and dogs. At Parasol Pets®, we understand how difficult it can be to live with pets when you have allergies and we love educating our customers on ways to work around their allergies so they can enjoy time with their pets.

What Causes Cat Allergies?

If your nose starts to run, your eyes begin to water or you can’t help but sneeze and wheeze around your cat, you likely have a cat allergy. Cats produce multiple allergens that can be found on their fur, skin and in their saliva. Most people who suffer from cat allergies are really allergic to the proteins found in cat’s saliva which can be easily be spread to their hair, skin and pet dander. But why do these tiny proteins cause such big allergic reaction in people? When someone suffers from pet allergies, they tend to have an oversensitive immune system. This means that their body has the tendency to mistake harmless things, such as cat dander and dog dander, for dangerous bodily invaders. As an automatic defense mechanism, your body attacks the pet dander just as it would any other harmful bacteria or virus.

Cat Allergy Management

If you currently have a cat allergies but the thought of giving up your cat is too painful to think about, there are a few things you can try to help keep your cat allergies at bay.

  • Keep the kitty out of your bedroom! By making a point to block off easy access to your bedroom, you’ll be able to sleep easier at night without having to worry about Fluffy crawling on your face, causing you to sneeze and wheeze.
  • Giving your cat a bath at least once a week can help to reduce airborne cat allergens that may be floating around your home. If you’re not comfortable bathing your cat, or kitty puts up a fight anytime they’re near water, consider making a grooming appointment at your local pet shop.
  • Pick up a hypoallergenic pet bed for your cat. At Parasol Pets, our Luxury Pet Bed is elegantly designed with cleanliness in mind. With a hypoallergenic cushion that is washer and dryer friendly, you’ll be able to safely wash kitty’s bed that’s filled with old cat dander whenever your allergies flare up!

What Causes Dog Allergies?

Do your eyes become itchy and red when you play with your dog? Are you constantly sneezing when you try to cuddle with your four-legged pooch? If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms, there’s a good chance you’re having an allergic reaction to dogs. While you may have heard that some dog breeds trigger allergy symptoms more than others, dog experts argue that two dogs of the same breed can give off different levels of allergens. This is because at the end of the day, it’s not the dog’s fur that’s causing you to sniffle and sneeze, it’s their dander. Dog’s secrete proteins in their dander, saliva and urine that can cause a variety of allergic reactions in people.

Dog Allergy Management

If you can’t bare to part with your dog even though you experience symptoms of dog allergies, there are a few things you can do to help keep the sniffling and sneezing at a minimum.

  • Clean your home’s air filters regularly. If your house has central heat and air conditioning, your dog’s dander is likely being pushed into every room of your home. When you make a point to change your home’s air filters and vents, you’re helping minimize dog dander throughout your house.
  • Get your dog a hypoallergenic pet bed to lounge in. Our Luxury Pet Bed is perfect for small dogs and features a hypoallergenic cushion that is washer and dryer safe, so you can help eliminate dog dander by simply washing this luxury pet bed whenever your allergies act up.
  • Make your home easy to clean. If you have dusty, worn down drapes, rugs or carpets, consider getting rid of them to reduce the amount of dog dander in your home. Reducing the number of items that can catch dust and other allergens will significantly help your dog allergies.

What To Do If You Have Pet Allergies

If you’re concerned you may have dog or cat allergies, a professional allergist can help to determine the best treatment solution for you. Aside from the allergy management tips above, there are some over the counter medications available that can help calm your allergies, as well as allergy shots that can be administered by a specialists.

At Parasol Pets, we understand how challenging it can be to live with furry friends and have pet allergies. That’s why we’ve created a one-of-a-kind hypoallergenic Luxury Pet Bed to help keep pet dander under control.