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The Best Pets for Allergy Sufferers

By — One of many Allergies blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com

While many people assume it's a dog or cat's fur which causes allergy symptoms, that's not exactly the case.  The real allergens are the protein in their saliva and the dander or dead skin cells they shed.  Therefore, a truly hypoallergenic pet must have no dander to shed or protein in their saliva. Unfortunately, this eliminates anything fuzzy.

A good choice for a person with severe allergies would be a reptilian pet, like a lizard.  However, if you're dead set on the soft and fuzzy sort of companion, there are some dogs and cats with a reputation for being less allergenic than others.  Here are some of the least allergenic breeds of dog and cats and the three best lizards for beginner reptile owners.

The Least Allergenic Dogs

poodle

Poodle

Kerry Blue Terrier

Schnauzer

Bichon Frise

Lhasa Apso

The Least Allergenic Cats

siberian kitten

Cornish Rex

Devon Rex

Sphynx

Siberian

Lizards: Hypo-Allergenic Pets

gecko

Leopard Gecko.

Leopard Geckos are one of the most popular pet reptiles available and a good choice for beginner reptile owners.  They have non-threatening, friendly look and personality and come in a variety of patterns and colors.  Their care requirements are simple even compared with other lizards.

Because they are nocturnal, they have no specific lighting requirements.  Though babies will need crickets, waxworms, or mealworms every day, adults will do fine with a meal once every other day.  Adults may even be left alone for a few days without a problem.

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragons are another excellent choice for a first pet lizard.  They have a calm, laid back, trusting personality and a look that makes them a great display animal.  As for care, they require access to UVB lighting and must live inside a climate-controlled environment (don't leave them outside).  As for diet, they are omnivorous requiring both fresh greens and insects daily.

Crested Gecko

The Crested Gecko is a lizard that is quickly gaining in popularity; largely because of their relatively simple care.  Unlike most lizards, Crested Geckos require no insects - just packaged, fruit-based powder mixed with water.  They also have no need for special heating or lighting.  Crested Geckos are available in a variety of colors and are easily handled and tamed.

Sources:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=hypoallergenic-dog

http://bestpetlizard.com/

http://animalplanet.com

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