Allergies are no fun, especially if you really want a pet and someone in your family has an allergy to a particular kind of animal, or to saliva, dust, or dander.
While there are no guarantees that any pet will be completely hypoallergenic, there are some species and breeds that are better choices for families with allergies. The first place to start is with your doctor or allergist. Ask them what kind of pet is safe for you or your family.
Keep Things Clean
You should always wash your hands before and after you handle any pet. This means lots of hand washing, which can cause skin irritation. If you notice chapped or irritated hands, it may not be a pet allergy, but rather a sensitivity to your soap. Try a different brand and look for sensitive-skin formulas.
If you have allergies, its vitally important to keep your animals and their habitats clean. Regular visits to the groomer are key, as is keeping your furry pet well brushed. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help. Washing food dishes daily, and keeping food containers closed and dry is also important.
Choosing the right pet is especially important for people with allergies. We’ve created this Allergy Friendly Pet badge to help you identify which pets might be right for your family. Look for it on our pet information pages. For some allergy-friendly pets choices, click here. View all our posts on allergy-friendly pets by clicking on the button below or on the Allergy-friendly Pet Badge (left) wherever you see it.