Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Pets!

Ahh, what could be cuter than a puppy or kitten with a big red bow under the menorah or Christmas tree this season?

Holidays pets are a wonderful idea if you are prepared for the amount of work and effort it takes to have an animal in your home. Most families really contemplate this before they commit to getting a pet. What they don't think about though, is the impact an animal can have an allergies and asthma.

Do your kids or you have asthma or itchy, watery eyes/nose? Before comitting to a pet then, it's a good idea to discussing with your allergist if these animals might aggrevate your symptoms. Allergy shots to animals can help prevent the symtpoms of asthma and nasal allergies.

Are your children very young? Interestingly, there is a lot of data, that families with animals have a lower incidence of asthma in their children.

What can you do if you already have a pet and feel it's causing asthma or nasal symptoms?

* Brush your animal regularly outside
* Keep them out of your bedroom
* Wipe me down on a regular basis with a warm damp cloth

Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Wishing you and yours a very warm and happy holiday season!

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