When you brought your pet home, you probably hadn’t planned on sneezing, wheezing and itching. Fido and Fluffy don’t mean to, but they can create havoc if you have allergies and asthma. Even if you aren’t allergic, airborne pet odors can be irritating.
While many people think animal fur causes allergic reactions, the problem actually stems from dander, which is composed of microscopic flakes from pet skin, saliva, dried urine and feces. These particles become airborne and cause a host of allergy and breathing troubles for sensitive individuals. The ammonia in cat urine also creates unpleasant reactions, such as watery eyes.