It is believed that over 60% of all modern households throughout the world have a dog or cat as a pet and over 10% of those households can have at least one person which has dander allergies.
What is Dander?
Dander from pets are secreted (oily) fluids from their skin, a particle which contain allergens called dander. The oily-like fluids can collect on fur and feathers and can can cause allergic reactions in hypersensitive persons.
Even though dander allergies from a dog or cat are more prevelant, other pets can create dander allergy problems as well to include:
- Guinea pigs
- and other furry friends
While an allergic individual may exhibit allergic reactions from their dander, they are more likely to actually be allergic to their saliva and urine. Once dry, these secretions become airborne and can be a source of allergic reactions for children, adults and laboratory animal workers. Proteins whcih are found in the animal’s saliva and urine are considered to be strong allergens. Many of these allergens are microscopic and can become airborne for extended periods of time only to be breathed in by an allergy sufferer.
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About the Author: Daniella Jensen is a pet shop owner in Santa Monica California and writes pet related articles for local and online publications.
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