What can you do if you suffer from a pet allergy? 

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, mold, or pet dander.

Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva, or urine. Signs of pet allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, while others face skin issues, a pattern known as allergic dermatitis, with symptoms that include raised, red patches, eczema, or itchy skin. 

Most often, pet allergy is triggered by exposure to dead flakes of skin (dander). Any animal with fur can be a source of pet allergy, but pet allergies are most commonly associated with cats and dogs.

However, millions enjoy sharing their homes and lives with pets, even those who are allergic to animals. Some people used to believe that once they were diagnosed with a pet allergy, they had no choice but to remove their pets from their families.

Thankfully, there are many solutions that can be explored that would allow allergy sufferers to keep their beloved pets while successfully managing their allergies and living happily with their furry friends.

Read here about the benefits of sharing our homes with them.

Nowadays health has become our top priority. With the pandemic going around, washing our hands regularly has become extremely important. This activity is also crucial in practicing good hygiene with your pets because they can carry microscopic bacteria. Whether you just finished playing, cleaned up their mess, or given them their meal, washing your hands thoroughly and regularly is recommended. 

If you are practicing good hygiene in pets, then remember their bedding. In a few days’ time, it can be filled with muck and filth, which can be extremely harmful to their health, but it can be an allergy trigger as well. Cleaning should also include their favorite toys. 

One more thing that you can do is to keep your pets in areas with hard floors and furniture, though it may give you a difficult time. That will make it easier for you to clean, which you should do often. 

HYPOALLERGENIC PETS

Do you know that there are plenty of pets that are as close to being hypoallergenic as you can get? 

First, keep in mind that even pets often labeled as being hypoallergenic can trigger allergies: no pet is truly, definitively hypoallergenic. Although those often called hypoallergenic do produce less dander, hair, and saliva, which may reduce their impact on those with mild or moderate reactions, all warm-blooded animals produce the proteins that can cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive immune systems. 

Here are some popular dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic:

Poodles don’t have an undercoat that sheds significantly, so people are much less likely to be allergic to them.

The Maltese dogs are known for their beautiful straight, white locks. They’re small, happy lap dogs considered to be hypoallergenic and great companion pets for those with mild or moderate allergies.

Chinese Crested are hairless dogs and have tiny bodies with poofs of hair on their heads, feet, and tail. They have little dander, drool, and shedding.

The Bichon Frises with their curly, white coat, produce little dander, so they can be less likely to trigger allergic reactions. 

Both miniature and standard schnauzers are considered hypoallergenic. Like the Scottie, they are characterized by a distinct beard. They have a medium, wiry topcoat and a soft undercoat that rarely sheds.

Here we mentioned some of the dog breeds that are good travel companions.

As for the cats

Siberians are thought to have less of the Fel d 1 protein, the major allergen of domestic cats, compared to other breeds. They have a triple coat, which can be maintained with weekly brushing.

Oriental Shorthairs are considered to be suitable for cat allergy sufferers due to their short coats. 

The hairless Sphynx is often one of the first cat breeds that comes to mind for allergy sufferers due to their lack of hair, but these cats are not as hypoallergenic as you would think. Like all cats, Sphynx does produce dander, but it can be minimized by frequent bathing. 

Russian Blues have a short but dense coat, and they may shed a little more than some of the breeds on our list – so they may not be the first choice if you have serious allergies. However, these cats keep their coats well-maintained and regular brushing can help minimize shedding and allergens. 

Read here how you can organize a trip with your cat.

TIPS FOR PET-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION OWNERS

Managing a hotel filled with people, as well as their pets, can be a difficult task. Although many guests are careful and clean when they travel with their pets, it’s always smart to be prepared. That starts with having clear, detailed pet policies in place for your property. 

Rooms, even after a day or two, can become dusty, so you need to properly ventilate them, but also dust shelves, televisions, and any surfaces that can collect allergens, including ceilings, television buttons, remote controls, light switches, and phones. Prevention will help guests and your staff stay safe during the pandemic, but it can be important in case you have guests with allergies.  

The number one rule of running a pet-friendly business is to be ready for anything, so make sure your property is stocked up on pet waste supplies, including poop bags and dog waste receptacles. Some hotels have even gone to the extent of implementing beautiful grassy areas on their property specifically for dog owners to use during their stay.  

Hotel managers can also go above and beyond by offering custom packages for pet owners. These packages might include things such as a water bowl, pet bed, wet wipes, or even a credit to a nearby pet salon. They can be strategically priced out and offered to all guests who bring their pets to your hotel.

Here are some reasons why your place should be pet-friendly.

If your hotel offers services and amenities for pets, policies, and procedures to address safety, cleanliness, noise, and other potential issues it can make your property a great option for pet owners.  

“PTA certified” emblem means that the business meets the basic criteria for standardization and the quality mark. 

The emblem with paws is given to facilities in the form of a sticker and mark on the website www.pettraveladvisor.com together with the status of a prominent location.

Author: Marina Stancevic                                

 

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