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Asthma Triggers: Gain Control


picture of dog running depicting the asthma trigger - Pets

About pets and asthma

Proteins in your pet's skin flakes, urine, feces, saliva and hair can trigger asthma. Dogs, cats, rodents (including hamsters and guinea pigs) and other warm-blooded mammals can trigger asthma in individuals with an allergy to animal dander.

The most effective method to control animal allergens in the home is to not allow animals in the home. If you remove an animal from the home, it is important to thoroughly clean the floors, walls, carpets and upholstered furniture.

Some individuals may find isolation measures to be sufficiently effective. Isolation measures that have been suggested include keeping pets out of the sleeping areas, keeping pets away from upholstered furniture, carpets, and stuffed toys, keeping the pet outdoors as much as possible and isolating sensitive individuals from the pet as much as possible.

Environmental Asthma Triggers

For all EPA asthma resources and publications, visit the Publications webpage.

Actions you can take

  • Find another home for your cat or dog.
  • Keep pets outside if possible.
  • If you have to have a pet inside, keep it out of the bedroom of the person with asthma.
  • Keep pets off of your furniture.
  • Vacuum carpets and furniture when the person with asthma is not around.

Additional resources

Help your child gain control over asthma (PDF) (36 pp., 1.05 M, about PDF)

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