About Animal & Pet Allergies

People might assume that they are allergic to animal fur or hair, whereas it is actually the allergens carried by the fur that they are reacting to. People with animal allergies have developed a sensitivity to harmless proteins in the pet’s saliva, dead skin cells or urine, or the fur may carry other allergens such as pollen.

Symptoms of an animal allergy include a blocked or itchy nose, sneezing, an itchy throat, coughing and asthma, a rash on the face or chest, and red, swollen, itchy and watery eyes.

Sometimes treatment is as simple as avoiding the source of the allergy, but this may not be possible if the source is a beloved pet, or if exposure is part of your occupation, as in the case of veterinarians. In this case, strategies for tackling the allergy include taking measures to minimize contact, and medications or Immunotherapy. Our specialists will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Types of Animal Allergies