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There is no doubt that pets become valued members of our family. It is also known that some people will actually choose to be ill rather than give up their pet! The truth is, pets take the blame for most allergies and about 10% of the population in the United States has an allergy to animals.

Dogs and cats lead the list for most pet allergies in the United States, but cats have a slight edge. Their constant grooming habits unleash potent allergens from their saliva, dead skin particles, and fur. This can trigger anything from watery eyes to breathing issues depending on your level of sensitivity. Not all breeds of dogs produce the same universal allergens. There are breeds with non-shedding coats that produce less dander. You should research different breeds prior to bringing a dog into your home. Nothing is more heartbreaking than having to give up a pet for health reasons especially after that emotional tie is in place.

There are other pets that are less popular than a cat or a dog but they are also an allergy risk. Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rabbits are a few. The positive element of this type of pet is that they do not roam freely throughout your home so the allergens they produce stay close to their cage. Unfortunately, the allergen is still present in your home and could cause irritation. Their food and bedding can also trigger allergies.

Bird feathers and droppings are a problem for some. Every time a bird preens and shakes, it releases dander into the air that can trigger an allergic reaction. Bird droppings can also add to allergy provoking bacteria and mold in the cage.

“How about fish,” You might ask? Allergy experts will say you are fine with fish as long as the aquarium does not create a humid environment as that can contribute to mold growth! Make sure it is located in an open space with plenty of ventilation.

If you do suffer with pet allergies but chose to keep a pet in your home, take all the necessary precautions when bathing your dog or cat or cleaning out a cage or tank or litter box. It is also a good idea to vacuum and dust more often and have a full house duct cleaning every other year. Inhaling dander, mites, feathers, fur, dried feces and urine is very unhealthy even if you are not an allergy sufferer.

Advanced Furnace & Duct Cleaning, Inc. is very often called into a home by a new homeowner or even a realtor because the prior owner had pets. The duct work should be cleaned and sanitized with an antimicrobial. All filters should be replaced and the coils inside the air handle should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Give Advanced a call today and we will give you a 15% discount on the duct cleaning and 1 free sanitizing (a $69.00 value). Don’t forget to mention this article!