Yes, there are actually pets that will reduce your allergy symptoms. Although, there isn’t a 100% guarantee that any animal will eliminate all allergy symptoms, less suffering can be achieved by following the advice below.
More allergens are associated with long fur or larger breeds which naturally have more fur, so consider adopting small, short-haired animals as a way to minimize dander and other allergens. As for cats and rabbits, many allergens are in the saliva they clean themselves with; thus, short hair minimizes these allergens as well. It’s also helpful to know that female and light-colored cats secrete less allergens than male and dark-colored cats.
There are allergy-friendly breeds you may consider adopting. For example, a Bichon Frisé dog and Rex rabbit don’t shed much, so this reduces dander. The Cornish and Devon Rex cat breeds do not clean as frequently and have almost no fur at all.
Since gerbils and mice are in cages instead of running around the house, they are great pets for allergy sufferers. Reptiles don’t have fur, so they won’t have dander. Be sure to keep their aquatic cages clean, though, so mold issues don’t arise and trigger allergic reactions. Pigs have hair instead of fur so there are no dander issues.
Birds release dander in their feathers and have allergens in their saliva and droppings. Routine cage and room cleaning, bathing the bird and air purifiers can reduce allergen production.
Returning a pet isn’t fair to your family or the pet. Be sure you’ll be able to maintain its grooming and necessary habitat cleaning to reduce as much of the allergen-causing matter as possible. Often simple measures such as using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and frequent bathing and grooming of a pet will reduce dander in the fur that often trigger allergies.
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