Living with pets and asthma

Unfortunately, keeping a pet can trigger asthma, eczema and allergies in some people, yet a large proportion of asthmatics have pets.Pets and asthma

It is the allergens found in pet hair, dander (dead skin flakes), saliva, and urine that cause the problems.

If permanently removing your pet is not an option, there are things you can do to minimise a reaction.

  • Either have your pet live outside, or if not confine your pet to one or two rooms only to reduce the spread of allergens.

  • Have your pet brushed regularly to remove allergens, lose hair etc.

  • Have your pet washed weekly.

  • As allergens can accumulate in carpets, curtains and soft furnishings use mattress and pillow protectors etc and spray your soft furnishings regularly with an anti allergy spray designed to eliminate the allergens generated by pets.

  • If you have to keep a pet, consider one without hair, eg fish, reptiles etc.

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Last revised: 6 December 2012

Next review: 13 December 2014