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June is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

June 4, 2014

(Brandi Eszlinger Photo)

Whether it be food, pollen, or animals, there’s something out there that makes your nose sniffle and eyes water. Don’t worry! You’re not alone, as this month has been set up to spread awareness and understanding of asthma and allergies. June is Asthma and Allergies Awareness Month!

One of the most common type of allergies is to be allergic to cats or dogs. But that doesn’t mean you should surrender your pet or avoid owning a pet altogether. Here are some ways around it…

If you’re allergic to cats, think about owning a dog. Dogs can be loyal, fun to play with, and are a comforting companion to the whole family. Yet if you are allergic to dogs, then consider a cat for your companion needs. Cats are proven to offer the same joys of owning a dog, and are more relaxing and easy to care for, as they don’t have to be walked several times a day.

If you are allergic to both dogs and cats, it doesn’t mean you should call off owning a pet altogether. Other pet options include birds such as parrots and finches, rabbits, gerbils, ferrets, even reptiles like lizards or turtles, or other mammals like ferrets or hamsters.

Also, consult with a doctor to check what exactly your are allergic to. Sometimes people are not allergic to pets, but to dust mites, and cleaning regularly may solve the problem.

Don’t let allergies and asthma get in the way of enjoying the comfort and delight of owning a pet of your own. Pets are not only a unique and wonderful source of joy but also a path for other health benefits, such as stress relief and comfort.

– By Daniel R. Landers

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