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Doctor insights on: Pets In Home

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Is buying a home that has pets that live inside the home, harmful to my family members that have extreme allergies?

Is buying a home that has pets that live inside the home, harmful to my family members that have extreme allergies?

Thorough cleaning: Assuming the pets are now gone and the extreme allergies are to animal dander, the house can usually be sufficiently cleaned to allow living there. It will require professional cleaning of carpets (or carpet removal), cleaning of walls, window coverings/draperies, vents, furnace filter, etc. If not cleaned thoroughly, the animal dander levels may linger for months! ...Read more

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We tried for years to have a baby. We just brought our precious baby home. What do we do with our long-time pets?

We tried for years to have a baby. We just brought our precious baby home. What do we do with our long-time pets?

Keep them: Most pets are fine with children.......Dogs learn to protect them, cats generally just look and walk away. Small caged animals are not likely to be a problem. Snakes are not a good idea unless in a terrarium. Be sensible. ...Read more

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Is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

Is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

No: While it's hard to directly compare these two, and for someone with a cat allergy in particular cat allergen in the home will be miserable for them, smoking is much harder on your health overall and over time. If you can only choose one, stop smoking. ...Read more

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Does having a pet at home increase allergies?

Does having a pet at home increase allergies?

If allergic to it! : Most people are usually allergic to animal dander. Having a pet usually does not raise your risk for becoming allergic later in life, at least not in pediatrics. Many reason why one could be allergic, not all are clear, but the big one is your genes. So look into your family history! ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a pet bird and a baby in the same home?

Is it safe to have a pet bird and a baby in the same home?

Yes: Healthy birds & babies can easily share the same home. Proper hygenic practices (handwashing etc. ) are needed in the care of both. I would confine the bird to an aviary or cage with limited overlap in their activities. Be aware that babies, infants or todlers do not understand the frail nature of some pet birds and some will not tolerate an inquisitive poke or touch without biting baby hard. ...Read more

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I have a pet, how can I make sure they don't bring home Lyme disease infected ticks?

I have a pet, how can I make sure they don't bring home Lyme disease infected ticks?

Various measures: Many measures can reduce the chance of pets being bitten by deer ticks, which can not only infect your pet but can infect you! these tend to involve pesticides to kill ticks in your yard or tick repellents on your pet- but these can be toxic. Advice from the cdc is here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ticks/avoid/on_pets.Html for natural options: http://www.Dogsnaturallymagazine.Com/ticks-natural-prevention/. ...Read more

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We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

Bird mites: I would ask your Dr. there and your vet. So who has the flukes? I you then see your Dr. soon. Which kind of flukes. Tell both your Dr and your vet and ask their advice. ...Read more

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Hives or bites?Itchy red lesions seem to have center but only occur on/right after weekend (at home).No pets, upmarket apartment, frequent exerminator.

Hives or bites?Itchy red lesions seem to have center but only occur on/right after weekend (at home).No pets, upmarket apartment, frequent exerminator.

Hives: Hives are usually red raised bumps that may come together to form larger patches. They typically last less than 24 hrs. In one area and often move to different site. There is usually not any central ulcer or mark (this is more characteristic of folliculitis (pimple) or insect bites. ...Read more