Published: Four Paws Magazine (May 2012)
Pet lovers with allergies have long suffered over the decision to surrender a beloved pet because sneezing, itchy eyes and sore throats made life with their furry friend intolerable. Though modern science has yet to make Fido runny-nose-free, Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care (FCAAC) wants to help keep you and your four-legged family members together.
Approximately 70% of U.S. households have pets and according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, that spells trouble for 15 – 20% of the population who suffer from pet allergies and a greater risk still for people already suffering from other allergies such as hay fever or asthma. A pet allergy, like any other allergy, is an immune system response to a protein it has encountered that the body has interpreted as foreign and overreacts to combat it…