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 Are You Allergic to Your Pet? 

 

Many pet lovers are plagued with allergies that keep them from being able to care for the pets they love the most. Having allergies does not always have to keep you from your favorite pet. There are ways to make living with your animal more tolerable. For example, I am allergic to both cats and dogs, but I have always had cats for as long as I can remember.

My allergies affect me most with sneezing, which can be quite draining when occurring on a repetitive basis. If you suspect that you are allergic to your pet, the first thing that you should do is to find a good allergist. The physician will test you to find out what you are allergic to, and then suggest and provide the best course of treatment. Depending upon the severity of your allergies, you may be prescribed a medication, or you may have to report to your physician for allergy shots on a regular basis. Allergies can sometimes appear suddenly, and they can also disappear just as abruptly as they began. This may be due to changes that take place in the body's chemical composition that occurs periodically with age, illness, and other factors.

You should also speak with your physician concerning your pet, and alternatives to giving up your animal. If the allergy is severe and could be detrimental to your health, you may have to consider giving your pet away. Although this is inconceivable to some pet owners, you must consider your health first. If there are no other alternatives. If the allergy can be controlled with relative ease by medication, you should be able to keep your beloved pet without an enormous amount of suffering. Your physician may be able to offer some helpful suggestions.

Most often, when a person has a pet allergy, it is not the pet itself that they are allergic to but the dander. Keeping the pet and the home as clean as possible may cut down on the dander causing the allergic reaction. The veterinarian may be able to suggest a special shampoo for the cat or dog that will make a difference. You should keep all rooms vacuumed daily since carpets are an excellent source of dander, mites and other allergens. you should also train your pets to stay off of the furniture so that you are not lying where the animal has been. By taking extra precautions you may be able to have your pet and deal with your allergies too.

Although most allergies are more aggravating than anything else, there are many medications available now to help alleviate such symptoms as sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion. One thing that we may not realize is that pets can suffer from allergies, too, and they can have many of the same symptoms that humans do. If you believe that your pet has an allergy, you should make an appointment with the veterinarian. Allergies can make a person miserable and exhausted; this applies to animals, as well. Your pet can be treated for the symptoms of allergies, just as you can. So, see your physician, and have your pet checked out by the vet so that the two of you can enjoy your good health together!

 

   

            

 

 

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