Alleviate your pet allergies and get back to playtime
Living with cat and dog allergies is never easy—and when it comes to your adorable four-legged friends, nothing should stop you from sharing your life with them. Sneezing and itching shouldn’t interrupt those long walks and belly rubs. With Allegra, you can tackle unwanted allergy symptoms with the #1 allergist recommended brand for non-drowsy relief* and get back to enjoying life with your furry family.
Pet allergies are quite common whether you have a cat, dog, or even a guinea pig. Allegra gives you the fastest† non-drowsy relief from your allergy symptoms. It starts working in just one hour—that’s two times faster than Claritin.‡
What causes pet allergies?
People who are allergic to dogs and cats have oversensitive immune systems, which means that they can react to proteins in the pet’s urine, saliva or dander (flakes of skin). These allergens, once airborne, can cling to and collect on furniture, clothing and other surfaces. While most people are quick to assume that pet hair is an allergen, it’s actually not the fur that’s causing the problem, it’s the allergens that it carries.
What does it mean to have an oversensitive immune system?
If you have cat or dog allergies, you have an immune system abnormality that will mistake harmless proteins in a pet’s urine, saliva, or dander as a threat. Your immune system will start creating antibodies to fight that threat, as if it were bacteria or a virus. In other words, when you’re exposed to allergens, your immune system releases histamine to combat them. This causes allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes or an itchy throat.
Symptoms of cat allergies
Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies and can range from very mild to very severe. Common symptoms§ include sneezing, stuffy nose, facial pain, watery, red or itchy eyes, a skin rash, or hives. These symptoms can develop very quickly or sometimes take hours to appear. If you’re unsure if you have a cat allergy and you’re seeking a cat allergy treatment, we recommend visiting a health professional who can provide a blood or skin prick test.
Symptoms of dog allergies
The most common symptoms§ of dog allergies include sneezing, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, watery, red or itchy eyes, a skin rash, or hives. While there are hypoallergenic breeds that may cause fewer allergies than others, most still carry similar levels of allergens around the home. If you can, always try to avoid touching your eyes or face after coming into contact with a dog, and try to stay clear of their saliva.
Steps you can take at home
If you suffer from pet allergies, here are a few tips that can be helpful around the house:
- Bathe your pets at least once a week
- Choose carpet-free flooring to limit the buildup of dander
- Invest in an air purifier
- Brush pets outdoors
- Keep pets out of the bedroom
- Wash your hands with soap routinely throughout the day
- Clean solid surfaces as often as possible
- Vacuum frequently
How can Allegra help?
Living with pet allergies can be exhausting. But when you take Allegra, you can enjoy every moment with your furry friend, without hesitation.§
Allegra can help you live your life, not your allergies. With 24-hour Allegra tablets, you can take on the day with the #1 allergist recommended brand for non-drowsy relief.* This antihistamine gives you 24 hours of the fastest† non-drowsy relief from indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms. And for kids, try Children’s Allegra for effective, non-drowsy, 12-hour relief.
*Allegra is the #1 allergist recommended non-drowsy brand of adult OTC oral antihistamines.
†Starts working in one hour. Applies to first dose only. Among single-ingredient OTC branded oral antihistamines.
‡Starts working in one hour. Applies to first dose only.
§Allegra is not indicated to relieve shortness of breath, post-nasal drip, facial pain, red eyes, skin rash, or hives. Allegra is indicated to relieve sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes or an itchy nose and throat. Allegra-D is indicated to relieve sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy nose and throat, nasal congestion, sinus congestion and pressure, and swelling of nasal passages.