It is natural for people to want a pet to love, cuddle, and play with. Many adults without children would like a pet, and many families would be happier with a pet in the mix. But allergies in adults or children can make getting a pet seem impossible. However, there are still some pets that might work for you.
If you have a dog or cat allergy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an allergy to all pets. You may very well be able to get a rabbit. Rabbits can make great pets. You can groom them and play with them the same way you would a cat, for the most part. A rabbit is also very easy to care for.
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 causes some allergy symptoms, you might opt for a hairless guinea pig. Hairless guinea pigs actually do have hair that some people call peach fuzz. The lack of fur makes hairless guinea pigs very safe for people with allergies.
Hamster, Rat, or Gerbil
If these pets are still too allergic for you, you might consider a small rodent as a pet. A hamster, rat, or gerbil will be an excellent choice. These small mammals do not produce allergens like dander, and they are very easy to care for. You can even take them out and play with them, as long as you are careful and keep them corralled so they don’t get lost.
If these options do not work for you, there are many more pets that you might consider. If you are not sure if you have an allergy to a certain type of pet, you should visit an allergist for allergy testing. They can determine if you are allergic to dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, or other potential pets. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.