Any pet lover who is a victim to pet allergies can relate to the need for some sort of eyeball-scratcher that doesn’t result in blindness.
And while that will likely never happen, some may be ready to give up their favorite fluff ball for a pet that’s more allergy-friendly. Reporter John Lee McLaughlin looks at some alternatives as well as suggestions for those who can’t part with dogs or cats. The information comes from
everydayhealth.com and pawnation.com.
A common misconception for allergy sufferers is that hair is the problem. The real issue, however, is pet dander. Hair is merely the vehicle for dander to spread. Consider dog breeds that shed less hair like poodles. Smaller dog breeds like chihuahuas also produce less dander than larger breeds.
As is the case with dogs, cats are the most common culprit triggering pet lovers’ allergies. Even hairless cats carry the dander that causes an allergic reaction. And while it’s not full-proof, a helpful remedy is to avoid longhair breeds like Himalayan or Persian cats that tend to shed a lot of hair.
Amphibians or turtles
Give up hair altogether and opt for a pets of the amphibian or turtle variety. One precaution is to keep their tanks cleaned regularly so you don’t have a reaction to mold. Also, keep your home’s humidity level as low as possible to avoid dust mites, which thrive on high humidity.
Rats are probably not an acceptable replacement for dogs or cats for most people. But other small mammals like ferrets, gerbils or hamsters may be a better option. Although they do have hair and dander, these critters are less likely to spread either throughout your home since they usually are kept in the confines of a cage.
Likely offering the most ease-of-care, fish pose no danger to allergy sufferers. You can’t hold them but that doesn’t mean they don’t offer comfort. Studies show that just watching fish can lower your heart rate, muscle tension and stress level.