Asthma and pets

1) Your pets

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A pet can be an important part of the family but what happens when your pet is making you or your families asthma worse?

Not everyone with asthma has an allergy but if you do, any pet with fur, feathers or small animals in cages can make allergies and asthma symptoms worse.

Your allergy is usually not to the pet but to their “dander”. This is the dead skin, saliva, urine, pollen or dust mites they pick up on their fur, feathers or in dusty or damp bedding of small animals. Droppings in cages can attract mould spores.

So is there anything you can do to reduce the risk?