Americans love pets. About 44 percent of U.S. households have dogs. And 35 percent have cats. We love them so much that we spent almost $67 billion last year to keep our pets healthy, happy and groomed.
Here’s another pet statistic that might surprise you: as many as three in 10 people with allergies are allergic to cats and dogs.
Why Am I Allergic to My Pet?
How can so many of us be allergic to such adorable creatures? It’s simple. Our body reacts to proteins in their saliva, urine and dander (dead skin cells).
Contrary to popular belief, pet hair itself is not an allergen. But fur does help spread all of these allergens around. Animal allergens are sticky, so they like to hang onto the fur. That fur then ends up on your clothes, on your carpet, under your furniture… well, pretty much everywhere.