We are right in the heart of allergy season, but when the pollen calms down many Americans still struggle with the sniffles. One reason is the pets we keep in our homes.
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Two-thirds of Americans have a pet. That’s 85 million households. Keep in mind that pet dander can harm indoor air quality even if you don’t have a serious allergy. Luckily there are pets that won’t hurt your indoor air quality.
#1: Smaller Non-Shedding Dogs
It’s no secret that dogs are the most popular pet. Luckily, there are options for dog-lovers who have allergies. Smaller dogs naturally produce less hair for shedding. Additionally, many small dogs are naturally hypoallergenic. These shed very minimally, thus keeping your indoor air quality at healthy levels. Some examples of these breeds include poodles, Shih Tzus, and Maltese. However, do your own research and see which breed might work best for you and your family.
#2: A Cat That Doesn’t Shed
Cats are the perpetual second place in the pet rankings. However, that’s still millions of households. All cats shed, but some shed very little and don’t cause allergic reactions. Additionally, there are hairless cats that may not be the most popular but are great options for those with serious allergies. Do your own research, but consider looking into shorthair cats.
Hamsters and Guinea pigs are common household pets and while they are furry, they are most often limited to a cage. This is a great beginner pet and can be a great choice for kids, especially if a parent’s allergies limit other choices.
Rabbits have hair and shed, so you might think that they aren’t great choices for allergy sufferers. However, many allergies are specifically tied to cats or dogs. Rabbits might not cause the same reactions. Consider going to a shelter and gauging how you feel.
#5: Fish and Reptiles
Furry friends are overrated! Consider these scaly pets. For the right owner these pets are perfect. You don’t necessarily have to go with the crowd. Do your research and see if these pets are right for you!