Many people are allergic to pets such as dogs or cats. Some people may not be able to visit a family member or friend's home if there's a pet due to their allergies.


  • Although there are steps you can take to reduce exposure to pet allergens, if you are allergic to a pet, it is best not have it in your home.
  • Other steps include:
    • Wash and groom your pet frequently to limit pet dander and other allergens.
    • Keep your pet off furniture and out of bedrooms.
    • Vacuum carpets and soft furniture, and wipe floors regularly (at least once a week) to reduce pet allergens.
    • Sprinkle baking soda in the litter box to prevent odours from spreading.
    • Teach pet-allergic family members to limit touching the pet, and to wash their hands right after interacting with it.
    • Find a new home for your pet if a family member is very allergic.
    • If you cannot find your pet a new home:
      • Keep the pet out of the bedrooms.
      • Bathe the pet frequently.
      • Limit exposure to the pet.
      • Remove all carpeting.
      • Vacuum regularly.

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Page Last Updated: 18/06/2018