Best Pets To Have If You Are Allergic To Them
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 3 in 10 people with allergies have specific allergies triggered around cats and dogs. Because of this, people can find themselves in a depressing state where they want a pet, and yet they can’t be close to one without going red-eyed and sneezing.
Fortunately, there have been some developments in this and pet stores have been able to bring in animals that are friendly towards those who are allergy prone. Here is a list of animals that you can be close to and even get one for yourself without worrying about the tissues.
In the cases of dogs, there are a lot of dogs that can become your best friend for various reasons. Looking over the dogs, the key is to find dogs whose fur isn’t precisely fur. Not only that, but going for shorter coats also reduces the risk of dogs shedding a lot.
With this in mind, here are some dogs to consider:
- Shih Tzus – Despite these animals being fluffy, they’re actually a great choice for household pets for those with allergies. The reason? These dogs are low allergen. Their fur is similar to the hair on our heads. Pair that up with the fact these dogs shed very little, you got yourself a dog that’s easy to maintain.
- Poodles – Similar to Welsh Terriers, their hair is curly and short, but they’re also known for their distinct lack of shedding. Poodles can also range in sizes as well. Regardless, you won’t find many hairs laying about.
- Portuguese Water Dogs – Like most other dogs on this list, their “fur” is more along the lines of hair. On top of that, these dogs don’t have any undercoat, making them ideal for those with allergies.
- Welsh Terriers – Another solid pick are the Welsh Terriers. Their coat is curly and short and produces low allergens as well. Welsh Terriers are one of the lowest allergen producers around. There aren’t many that can match allergy symptom production of a this kind of dog.
The key with cats is to find the cats that produce the least amount of Fel d 1. This is an allergen that most people react to if they have allergies to cats. Coincidentally, this is the prime allergen that cats produce and depending on the breed will produce it to varying degrees.
With this in mind, here are some cats that you can consider:
- Balinese – Also called hairless Sphinxes, these cats are great to have for several reasons. For one there is little risk of allergies. Not only that, but they are one of the cats that produce the least amount of allergen Fel d 1. That allergen is the prime allergen that’s associated with cats.
- Siberians – As fluffy as these cats are, they are a breed that is lighter on the allergens as well. Pair that up with their playful and affectionate nature and you have a cat that is good in any household.
- Rexes – Big ears, wide eyes, and they don’t produce a lot of allergen. What more could you love about these cats? Our suggestion is going for Devon or Cornish Rex cats as they give off less dander therefore even less allergen.
Reptiles & Fish
For those looking to go another route, you can always consider a fish or some kind of a reptile.
Fish is a good choice for those who want a low-maintenance pet. Best of all, fish don’t have fur nor shed, so you’re safe in being around them. What’s also nice with fish is they can be as intrusive to your space as you’d like.
While fish aren’t invasive, their tanks can take up space. With this in mind, you can decide in turn how many fish you want and how big of a tank you want as well.
If you’re not really into getting a pet fish, here are some reptiles to consider:
- Tortoises – While tortoises feed on bugs, there are herbivorous tortoises, which can make feeding easier for you. Pair that up with other turtle attributes and you’ve got an easy to maintain tortoise.
- Iguanas – They’re pretty cool-looking and the feeding is easy as well. Similar to tortoises, there are herbivore options in green and desert iguanas, making it easy for even squeamish pet owners.
The last section we’ll cover are birds. Naturally, their coats are thin and considering how tiny they are, they are easy to look after and aren’t known to cause people to sneeze. Here are some particular birds to consider:
- Finches – These low allergen birds are great options so long as you’re willing to get them in pairs. These are social birds so you’ll want them to be around other birds.
- Canaries – Generally speaking, these are your generic option for a bird. Can’t go wrong with them and they are delightful to look at.
- Parakeets – The last option are parakeets. They are talkative, musical, and sweet. They’re great pets all around. This is one of the larger birds out of the three we mentioned, but these birds are still pretty small in comparison. This means there is less dander and therefore less allergens.