Quiz: Do you have Pet Allergies?

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Your loveable pet may bring joy, warmth and friendship in your life. And that very same pet may be causing you or someone you know to experience nasty, annoying and unrelenting allergies.

What part of the cat causes allergies?

Cats use saliva to clean their fur, which eventually dries and becomes airborne. Dried cat saliva clings to almost anything, including clothes, furniture and carpet.

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How long does it take for cat allergens to disappear from an environment?

It can take six months for cat allergens to disappear from an environment. This means you should reconsider moving someplace where the previous owners had a cat if you are allergic.

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What part of the dog causes allergies?

Dead skin on a dog, referred to as dander, is the main cause of dog allergies. It is a common misconception that dog fur causes you to sneeze. The protein that causes dog allergies can also be found in dog saliva, blood, urine and feces.

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What can you do to reduce cat allergens in your home?

Dusting and vacuuming your home frequently is important, and bathing your cat once a week can really help, too.

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How do you best keep your linens and carpet clean from pet allergens?

To reduce pet allergens on your linens, wash your linens at a very high temperature every week. Also consider investing in a vacuum that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.

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How do can you improve your indoor air quality when you own a pet?

Try to keep your air free of pet allergens by installing allergen-proof vent filters. An alternative is completely closing off your vents. And the importance of regularly dusting and vacuuming cannot be overstated.

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Which of the following dogs is most likely to trigger a pet-related allergy?

Although long-haired dogs may produce the same amount of dander has short-haired dogs, long-haired dogs may store more dander in their fur, leading to a stronger allergic reaction. A “hypoallergenic" dog is a misconception, but poodles tend to have less dander than other dog breeds.

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What other animals produce dander?

All warm-blooded animals produce dander, which can lead to allergic reactions. Caged animals including gerbils, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits; birds such as ducks, geese and chickens; and farm animals including cows, horses and goats all produce dander.

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Animals can have allergies too. What is a typical allergic reaction in animals?

Both dogs and cats can have environmental or food allergies. Typically, exposure to an allergen results in itchy skin. Cats can scratch themselves so much due to itchiness that they actually hurt themselves and leave scars.

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What household items contain pet allergens?

Pillows, cushions, quilts and comforters may have bird feathers that can trigger allergies. Mattresses and other furniture may contain horse hair that also trigger allergies.

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