Cat vs. Dog Allergies

Some people think that cat and dog allergies differ, but that's not entirely true. Most people assume that it is the fur or hair of the animal that triggers their allergic reaction. It is usually the dander, urine, or saliva of the animal that actually is the trigger. Also, when the pet is outside, it can bring other triggers, like mold or pollen, into the home.

Common symptoms of cat and dog allergies are coughing/wheezing, skin rash or hives, red and itchy eyes, and sneezing. The most effective way to avoid these symptoms is to not own an animal.

If you can't live without Fluffy, there are some precautionary measures that you can take.

  • Keep the animal outdoors at all times.
  • If the animal must be inside, restrict the animal to only certain parts of the house. Keep your distance from the animal while it is in the home.
  • Clean the home very well and regularly.
  • Use an air purifier to cut down on the dander.
  • Bath your pet weekly.

If you are not sure if you have allergies or not you can take our allergy quiz.