How to Deal With Asthma When Living With Pets

“I have asthma, can I keep my pet?”

Every animal-loving family with an asthmatic member has asked the same question. Even when pets trigger allergies and asthma, many people are very hesitant to consider getting rid of furry (or feathered) friends. Learning how to deal with asthma while living with your pets can be a challenge.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and estimated 10% of people are allergic to pets with cat allergies twice as common as dog allergies. For those with asthma, pets, specifically their dander and saliva, can trigger serious and sometimes life-threatening breathing issues.

So can you co-exist with pets if you have allergies or asthma? The answer is often yes. In consultation with a medical professional, you may find that over the counter allergy medications and prescription medications can manage your symptoms (consult your physician before using any medication for an extended period). Immunotherapy (like allergy shots) can also be helpful. In addition, we’ve listed several things on how to deal with asthma which you can try around your home to minimize the impact pets can have on your health:

Other things you can do:
If you have a forced air system, make sure your filters are changed regularly (use a filter labelled MERV 11 or 12) and clean your ducts to keep dander from continuously circulating around your home. Some people find air purifiers to be helpful, but you want to be sure to choose one that is:

For more information on how to deal with asthma, read our other blogs:

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Dana Sundblad
Dana is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with over 20 years experience helping companies achieve awareness and financial goals in consumer, technology, and non-profit industries. Most recently she was Director of Communications at Castilleja School and began her career in brand marketing with Clorox. She received her MBA from Harvard University and BA from Wellesley College.
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