Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Simple Ways to Cope With Pet Allergies

Ah, yes … how many times have I answered my phone with someone wanting to surrender a pet due to allergies.  Over the years, I’ve lost count as the number is overwhelming.

Now, being one of those persons who also suffers with allergies (pet dander included), I’ve learned how to deal with them which has allowed me to continue my 50 years of dedication to animal rescue.  With a house full of dogs, cats, and the occasional fostered Parrot, you quickly learn how to survive.

Pet allergies are no different than outside allergens that gives unpleasant symptoms. However, people with these issues don’t lock themselves in the house, refusing to go outside until the season is over. They learn how to manage the allergy and then get on with their life. The same should be true with those who opted to become a pet parent only to find that they’ve developed watery eyes, itchy skin and a stuffy nose. That also implies to those who become new parents or already have children that, all of a sudden, develop some type of sensitivity to a pet who has also been a family member for many years.

Dumping the old dog or cat at the pound should be your last resort. There ARE alternatives.

By just following a few simple rules, you, your family and your pet should be able to coexist, within the same household, for many pleasant, enjoyable years together. So, I hope you find the below article by Care2 informative and helpful in resolving any allergy issues you may have with a pet.

As always… thank you for following and comments are always welcome. Any more tips or suggestions on how to help those who suffer from pet allergies would be greatly appreciated. Let’s help keep all of those furry pets in their homes.

5 Simple Ways to Cope With Pet Allergies

You’re no stranger to a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, rashes and welts. You’re one of more than 60 million Americans the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates are affected by allergies in general, but your symptoms always seem to show up when one of man’s furry friends — a pet — comes around. This may not be the most convenient of allergies you could have, especially if you’re an animal lover, but at least you know you’re in good company: Up to a third of all allergies are animal-related, and, according to the Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 77.5 million dogs and 93.6 million cats owned as pets. This means there are many people out there experiencing at least a few of these symptoms when they’re in the presence of a furry friend:
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If you count yourself among this group, check out these five methods for finding some relief.

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