New York Pet Store
Since both my son and I suffer from allergies I went to a New York pet store to ask about how to best protect ourselves. It turns out that there are many different types of allergens caused by pets. These allergens are inhaled into a persons lungs and cause asthmatic or allergic reactions, which can be quite extreme in some cases. These are caused due to the discharge from the sebaceous glands of the skin, which are on the base of the follicles of hair, which is an oily substance that keeps the pets skin supple. This is spread through the hairs inside the follicles and then surfaces up to the skin along the hair shaft. And by saliva that is spread onto the pet's skin and hair when it licks or cleans itself and also by secretions that are left on the pet's hair when the animal urinates. This is more common in animals with long hair. The only types of animals that do not spread allergens and don't cause problems of this sort are those without hair, fur and feathers such as fish, turtles, snakes, toads, frogs etc. These could be considered the only animals that don't affect allergic people. However, it is good to know that the tanks these animals are kept in can cause allergies if not cleaned on a regular basis due to the mold they can accumulate. Unfortunately, these allergens, especially in the case of cats, are almost invisible to the human eye due to how small they are. The longer a pet lives in the, the more its allergens will spread. There are many pet owners that sleep with their pets and this obviously increases the amount of exposure to these allergens. In the end the New York pet store workers told me that it might be best for my son and I not to have a pet.