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How can I test whether I have a cat allergy without really adopting a cat?

The most conclusive way to discover if you have an allergy or not is to ask your doctor for an allergy test. There are two types, skin based and blood based. The skin based one, they will prick your ...
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My dog is very allergic to something and is starting to become scared of me

It had turned out to be the new detergent that I had bought. I went back to the non-perfumed original detergent and washed everything and his symptoms got better almost overnight.
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I'd like to adopt a cat, but I have allergies

There are a number of breeds suggested for folks who are mildly allergic. The allergy is usually to a specific protein (fel D1), and breeds differ in how strongly they express this. A websearch for "...
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My dog is very allergic to something and is starting to become scared of me

Are you feeding an allergen free food? Start there and give him nothing else. Also cut out use of perfumes in laundry detergent and use around the house until you get this figured out. The vet should ...
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Can a hamster be allergic to cats?

I suppose it's possible that there's an allergy at play here but I'd be looking for a more likely cause first. Has the cat been checked/treated for fleas? Fleas, mites or ticks can transfer from cats ...
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Dog's cotton allergy

A few things to consider If your veterinarian suspected Mange you would need an anti-parasitic such as Bravecto. Steroids will not kill parasites. To rule out food allergies your dog will need a diet ...
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I really want a guinea pig, but I think I am allergic to rabbits

kratzallergy.com says: If the rabbit also causes an allergy, you might consider a smaller pet. A guinea pig is a fairly safe bet for most people with allergies. If you find that a regular guinea pig ...
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Cleaning to rid house of cat allergen after cat is gone

Allergic reactions to cats is mostly caused by proteins in saliva, as well as dander. Physical removal is the only solution. This means vacuuming and wet cleaning, mostly. You shouldn't need to use a ...
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My dog is very allergic to something and is starting to become scared of me

Poor puppy! I am not a vet, but if this were a human, the first thing I'd do is to put your poor dog on a tapering dose of prednisone (dirt cheap and will help). I would also start a limited course of ...
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Long time cat allergy?

In my experience, it's possible to have a mild allergy that doesn't manifest until after a period of time. Typically, "allergy to cats" is actually an allergy to cat dander, saliva, etc. (http://www....
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How to wash cat hair out of fleece fabric?

It's almost certainly cat dander, saliva, or urine that you're allergic to, rather than the hair itself. Washing the fabric in hot water should neutralise any of those allergens, and also leave your ...
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What could cause my dog's rash and yellow flakes besides allergies?

Sadly its impossible to diagnose skin issues online, it needs to be seen in person. Hot spots (bacterial), fungal, allergies, parasites. Maybe they both came in contact with a chemical. Sometimes you ...
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How can I test whether I have a cat allergy without really adopting a cat?

If you don't have access to a friend's cat, you can always visit your local animal shelter and visit the cats there. Cat allergies are usually allergies to the (cat's) saliva on cat fur. If you bury ...
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How do I stop cat hair and dander form leaving my bedroom and bathroom and going into the rest of the house?

I 100% agree with Cricket that it's practically impossible to stop the cat fur. For example, even when I brush the cat I can't brush her entire body, and that's when she wants to sit still enough. The ...
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Pug Allergy - Skin Rash

I have the same problem with my pug. We took him to several vets. What we do to reduce this skin problem is using a 2% ketoconazole ointiment everyday. Have to clean the apartment floor every day ...
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Treat substitutions for a restricted diet cat?

I suggest you look for freeze dried fish cat treats. Typically fish is the only ingredient. They are somewhat smelly (which for pets is generally a desirable characteristic). It's easy to break into ...
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How to get cat allergens out of a furnished apartment

You need to start by vacuuming any soft surfaces like fabric, carpets, curtains (use a vacuum with a HEPA filter); you might want to leave the windows open to get clean air inside and to get the dust ...
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Miniature Schnauzer Thicker hair grow after skin problems

I had sometime over the weekend to do my own research; and found out some very possible reasons for which this thick hair is growing where the bald patches used to be. First of all I would like to ...
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How can I test whether I have a cat allergy without really adopting a cat?

A few ideas to add to Kai's excellent answer: Spend the night at the house of a friend who has cats. Preferably a friend who isn't a clean freak. If you are allergic, you'll soon find out. Consider ...
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Can dogs be allergic to materials that collars are made of?

Yep! Collars can cause these kinds of irritations, most commonly I see it in dogs that go in the water a lot and get their collars wet. The moisture from the collar can cause yeasty irritations on the ...
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How do I stop cat hair and dander form leaving my bedroom and bathroom and going into the rest of the house?

Manage the Hair Problem Regularly While I think you'll find it nigh impossible to completely eradicate the hair, there are a few of things that you could do to significantly cut down on the problem. ...
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I'd like to adopt a cat, but I have allergies

get exact tests, they are ussually done for free or at very low prices, its often something very simple which appears around the cat, but isnt really an issue with actually having a cat ex. i know ...
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How can allergies in cats be managed?

In humans there are two standard methods: antihistamines "shots" (typically injections of the allergen into the bloodstream, the immune system then recognizes the things (proteins of external origin) ...
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Is it possible to have a pet cat even with cat allergies?

I have used Allerpet on my 2 cats, one longhair. They didn't mind it too much--instead of wiping on as the directions said, I parted hair and sprayed it on, then wiped it with cloth or soft brush or ...
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How can allergies in cats be managed?

One of my cats has allergies too -- in this case primarily food allergies, but my vet believes there are environmental factors too. First, there are vets who specialize in dermatology; if you haven't ...
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How can I reduce and control bird dander?

What can I do to reduce the amount of bird dander? Make sure that your bird is able to bathe himself. Aside from that, the rest comes down to cleaning, like changing newspaper/cage liners, sweeping, ...
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Bulldog skin problem

Looks like caked on mud to me. Dogs run and play, sometimes kicking up dirt along the way. A fleck here and there can go unnoticed until you are petting them later. Once it's dried it would act just ...
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Treat substitutions for a restricted diet cat?

My cats love tuna, salmon and shrimp packaged treats, but the first ingredient listed on all three packages is chicken, so that’s out for you, at least for Temptations brand. Unfortunately, fresh ...
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I'd like to adopt a cat, but I have allergies

There exist several cat breeds that may not trigger the allergy symptoms as other cats. Those are known as hypoallergenic cats or allergy-friendly cats. Also some people may be more allergic to one ...

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