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Are pets safe for alphas?

There is no conclusive evidence showing a direct relationship between the development of specific lung diseases and exposure to any of the common substances found in the home. However, individuals who are sensitive to substances such as cleaning products, soaps, deodorants, and cosmetics may experience respiratory difficulties with exposure. Individuals with Alpha-1 or those with known or suspected allergies may experience difficulty breathing when exposed to pet dander, mold, mildew, pollen, or other airborne particles. Persistent exposure by sensitive individuals to any of these elements may lead to long-term respiratory problems.

Risk Factors in the Home, at Work, and Outdoors  Big Fat Reference Guide

If documented to be a significant problem for a given patient, the avoidance of pets (dogs, cats, birds) should be considered.

Summary Alpha-1 Education for Alphas with Lung Disease  Big Fat Reference Guide

As with many aspects of Alpha-1, there have been few, if any, specific clinical studies exploring a link between Alpha-1 and childhood asthma. However, because of the growing national health concern over the sharp increase in childhood asthma, and because of the known risks associated with Alpha-1, asthma cannot be overlooked in a discussion of Alpha-1 children. Additionally, a diagnosis of asthma means your physician should be more vigilant for the first signs of more permanent types of lung injury…

Asthma can be triggered by a family history of allergy and the child’s exposure to allergens. An allergen is any substance that can trigger an allergic reaction. Common allergens found in the home include dust mites, bug droppings, animal dander, and mold.

Asthma triggers: Your pet’s skin flakes, urine, feces, saliva and hair can be asthma triggers.

Helpful tips: Consider keeping pets outdoors or even finding a new home for your pets, if necessary. Keep pets out of the bedroom and other sleeping areas at all times, and keep the door closed. Keep pets away from fabric-covered furniture, carpets, and stuffed toys.

Childhood Asthma  Big Fat Reference Guide