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Pets shed dander (skin flakes) regularly. Their dander, saliva, and urine can all cause allergies and asthma symptoms. Bird allergens include dander, feathers and feather dust. There are no non-allergenic furry or feathered pets—they can all cause allergies.
If you have a pet that you are allergic to, the best thing to do is to find it a new home. If this is not possible, the following actions may help but are not as effective as finding your pet a new home.
If you plan to visit someone who has a pet that you are allergic to, you can take medications before you go that may prevent or reduce your symptoms. A better plan is to meet somewhere where there are no pets.
If you have a pet but are not sure if it affects your asthma, ask yourself this: when you leave home on a holiday without the pet, does your asthma improve?