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A well-groomed pet can mean fewer allergic reactions catipedia-icon4.png

Animal-induced allergies affect approximately 10 million pet owners. But choosing a breed that sheds less frequently and regularly grooming whatever pet you choose can help alleviate the symptoms.

What causes allergic reactions

Allergic reactions aren't really caused by fur, as most people suspect. Instead, dander is the culprit. Dander is a combination of dead skin cells and dried proteins found on animals’ skin or in their saliva, and it’s spread through the air when they shed or groom themselves. Some people have mild reactions, like itchy eyes, while others develop more severe reactions, like asthma. By regularly brushing and grooming your pet, you can reduce the amount of fur that's shed and the amount of dander that becomes airborne along with it.

How grooming helps

Regularly brushing and grooming your pet can reduce the amount of fur that's shed and the amount of dander that becomes airborne along with it. That means fewer allergens swirling around your home—and fewer or less severe allergic reactions for you.

Begin by bathing your pet once a week and brushing him every day. If you don't have time to do your complete grooming routine, wipe your pet down with wet paper towels instead. You can also try a dry shampoo that simply brushes out of your pet's hair, taking allergens with it. If grooming your pet makes your allergy symptoms flare, ask someone else to take over the task, or have your pet professionally groomed.

TOPICS: BASICS ALLERGIES GROOMING

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