How pets are affecting your allergies

Why let allergies get in the way of a beautiful relationship? About 15 percent of the US population are allergic to animals, so the chance that you may be allergic to yours is a possibility. And even if you’re not allergic to your pet, they are most likely tracking in all of the environmental allergens you’re allergic to.

Here are a few tips on living with allergies and pets:

1. Give your pet a bath at least once a week (even a damp cloth on the fur can help)

Photo via @CavSavvy
Photo via @CavSavvy

2. Wipe their paws when they come inside from a walk, run or from just roaming around outside.

Buttercup Outside
Photo via @CavSavvy

3. Use washable seat covers if you travel with your pet in the car

Buttercup in a car
Photo via @CavSavvy

4. Wash your hands regularly after playing with them

washing hands
Photo via @CavSavvy

5. And if you don’t have a pet but really want one, consider one of these hypoallergenic pets

Hypoallergenic pets come with the caveat that no animal is truly hypoallergenic, some breeds tend to bother your allergies less than others. Check out this list of pets to consider.

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