Breathe Easier with Pets and Asthma

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)

If someone wants a pet, it seems unfair that anyone should be prevented from that. Some people have asthma and living with pets can sometimes aggravate that, making it hard to even keep a pet. Even though most pets are happier living inside with you, asthma sufferers may have to keep pets outside. Fortunately though, there are ways to make both you and your pet happy; try these tips and you can definitely have your cake and eat it too.

If you keep your pet outside more than you keep it inside, then your problems will be relatively minimal. Without regular contact with your pet inside, your sinuses and nasal passages won't be aggravated as easily, and so your asthma won't be such a big problem. Whenever your dog does come inside though, take preventative measures. All you have to do is wipe your dog down with a damp cloth. This targets the dander that gets caught in your pet's coat, and by removing that, then you significantly reduce the chance of your asthma cropping up. Also, before your pet comes in, you'll want to brush it out outside to get most of that dander and dust out of its fur while its still outside.

If your pet is primarily an inside pet, then your asthma might be a bit more of a problem. If your pet is an inside pet, then you need to be aware of these few things. Don't let your pet stay in your bedroom or bathrooms. If your pet is allowed inside, there is a big chance that the dust and dander from your pet will settle more in the house, making it so that your asthma can be triggered more.

You do need to be aware however, that if your asthma poses a significant problem to your health, then you should give your pet away. Consult with your vet and doctor, and see if there's any logical and feasible compromise, but you always need to make your own health a priority. By consulting your doctor, you might be able to find some kind of remedy that's not too inconvenient or expensive, but you always need to keep your own health as your primary concern. If you having a pet is hindering your own efforts at maintaining your health, then something needs to be done. No pet is precious enough for it to be a serious health risk.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

Remove Pet Hair with Sticky Tape

When pets shed, it can be really annoying, and often there's nothing you can do about it. While sometimes you may be at a ...

Discover More

Washing Your Dog

Washing your dog, while an adventure, does not have to be a painful experience for either of you. Stop spending money to have ...

Discover More

Car Lights Don't Work

What do you do if you get in the car one day and find out that the headlights or taillights aren't working? This tip can help ...

Discover More
More Pet Tips

Heartworm Symptoms

Heartworms are a fairly common parasite that can afflict both cats and dogs. Unfortunately, if they are left untreated it is ...

Discover More

Animal Allergies are Not Fur Related

Whenever you think of animal allergies, you may think that you're just allergic to the fur. Believe it or not, however, pet ...

Discover More

Giving Medication To Dogs

Giving medications to dogs can be very difficult. There are a few techniques that can help you give medications to your dog ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)