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10 of the best pets for allergy sufferers

By: Katherine Butler on July 21, 2011, 10:55 a.m.
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Goldfish

Ultimately, perhaps the only hypoallergenic pet that experts can agree on would be a fish. Yes, a fish surrounded in a watery enclosure will certainly be as allergen-free as can be. But if you are determined to get a cat or dog as a companion? Consult your doctor to set up a proper course of medication. Invest in a HEPA filter. Keep certain areas of your home pet-free. Clean both your living space and your pet frequently. Spay or neuter your pet, simply because the sebum produced by a neutered cat is lower than in an unaltered cat. Not to mention, nearly 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year because there just are not enough homes for them all. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy your pet from time to time. People can learn to cope with pet allergies in a healthy way, all the while with a companion by their side.