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What causes allergies to pets?

Tania Elliott, MD
Internal Medicine
Pets have proteins in their fur, dander (skin cells), and saliva that cause allergies -- so there is really no such thing as a hypoallergenic pet. In this video, allergy specialist Tania Elliot, MD, shares some tips for avoiding pet allergy symptoms. 
Contrary to what many people think, it’s not the animal’s fur that people are allergic to. The culprit is actually a protein found in pet’s dander (flakes of skin) and saliva. Even if you have a shorthaired animal or an animal that doesn’t shed -- and even when you keep animal hair cleaned up -- a lot of the dander will remain behind.

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