Managing allergies to pets

Cat enjoys a head scratch

It's not uncommon for people to have allergies to their own pets. If you or someone in your home has been diagnosed with a pet allergy, the following tips may be helpful in managing symptoms. 

  • Minimize contact with the animal and create an area free of pets, such as the bedroom.
  • Vacuum and clean floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture on a weekly basis.
  • Place a high-efficiency particulate air purifier (HEPA) in the home, in addition to filters on vents.
  • Enlist the help of non-allergy suffering family members to clean and pick up after the pet.
  • Frequently wash clothing and bedding materials, including the pet’s bed.
  • Frequently bathe and groom your pet.
  • Consider removing dander attracting materials such as upholstered furniture and draperies. Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring that won’t harbor hair and allergen causing molecules.

It's possible for children to outgrow pet allergies. Consult with your physician and/or allergist to determine the best course of action for your family to live happily with pets.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline