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Managing Pet Allergies

If you are sneezing after snuggling your pet, you could be part of the approximately 20% of the population who experience pet allergies. You may wonder how you can manage being allergic to your loved dog, cat or furry pet, so we are here to help. There are many steps you can take to improve your pet allergy  symptoms while increasing the time you spend giving love to your pet.


What You Need to Know About Pet Allergens

You may have heard of fur allergies; however, if furry animals give you a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, it's not actually their fur that causes the allergic reaction. Did you know that it's the proteins found in animal's dander (dead skin cells), saliva or urine that are to blame for those sneezes or itches you may experience? These  allergy -triggering particles are transported to the pet hair or fur, where we touch dogs and cats most often. These particles are so light that they can be transported in the air and carried on your clothes and hair.

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Pet Allergens Are Everywhere

Many people are allergic to pet dander, which can be suspended in the air like  pollen . They are called aeroallergens. Dander collects on surfaces like carpets, upholstered furniture, curtains and mattresses. Because it travels easily through the air, these allergens may also cling to your clothes and hair and are easily transferred in public settings where animals aren’t present, like schools and offices. If you suddenly start sneezing at work, one of the causes may be your new cat-loving co-worker.

Hypoallergenic Pets

Are There Hypoallergenic Pets?

If you have cat allergies or dog allergy symptoms, you should know that there are no allergy-free cats or dogs. Even though your cat may be hairless or you have a supposed “allergy-friendly” breed of dog (one that sheds less), your pet is not actually  hypoallergenic . You may be more or less allergic to individual animals, but any furry or feathered friend produces proteins that can trigger allergies.

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Which Pets Cause the Most Allergy Symptoms?

More people have cat allergies rather than dog allergies because cats groom themselves with their tongues, depositing saliva on top of dander. Other common pets that may cause allergy symptoms include rabbits, birds, and hamsters.

How to Help Reduce Pet Dander Exposure

Just because you’re allergic to your pets, it doesn’t mean you always have to avoid them. Here are some tips to help reduce your exposure to pet allergens in your home.


Don’t Sleep Next to Your Pet

Teach your pet to sit and stay – separate from where you sleep. The warmth from your cat or dog couldn’t be cozier, especially in colder seasons, but keeping your bedroom as a pet-free zone may help decrease your nighttime  allergy  symptoms and increase your shut-eye.


Vacuum Often

Make it a clean sweep. Removing pet allergens in your home by vacuuming up dust and fur from carpets and furniture can help reduce your allergies. Invest in a vacuum that has a  HEPA  filter and double-thickness bags. Vacuuming may stir up dust and dander, so delegate the task to a family member or wear a dust mask.


Clean Cages and Bedding

Even small pets can cause a big reaction. Small rodents like gerbils, mice and guinea pigs spread allergens too. Because their cages are filled with bedding, large amounts of allergens can be found there. Clean cages and tanks regularly and supply clean, fresh bedding.


Purify the Air

Breathe a little easier. Placing  HEPA  air filters in rooms where you and your pets hang out together. may improve air quality in those rooms. If you have a forced-air heating and air conditioning system, change the filter often and choose high-quality filters.

Fast Relief from Allergies

Do you still have allergy symptoms? Claritin® is here to help provide fast and effective non-drowsy symptom relief of pet allergies (including dog and cat allergies), dust and mould allergies.

Claritin® Allergy, Claritin® Liquid Capsules, Claritin® Rapid Dissolve™, Claritin® Allergy + Sinus Extra Strength, Claritin® Allergy + Sinus or Claritin® Allergy Nasal Decongestant Spray may be used for fast relief from allergy symptoms.

To be sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need help choosing the right product for you.



Claritin® Allergy + Sinus Extra Strength - 24HR

Claritin® Allergy + Sinus Extra Strength - 24HR

One non-drowsy caplet effectively relieves allergy symptoms and nasal congestion, all day. For ages 12+

Claritin® Rapid Dissolve 24HR

Claritin® Rapid Dissolve - 24HR

Fast, non-drowsy all day allergy symptom relief in a melt in your mouth tablet that dissolves instantly without needing water. For ages 12+

A box of Claritin Allergy

Claritin® Tablets - 24HR

One non-drowsy tablet quickly and effectively relieves allergy symptoms all day. For ages 12+