Veterinarian in Lakewood shares recent understandings of pet allergies

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Recent Understandings of Pet Allergies in Lakewood area
About half of American families include a pet, most commonly a dog or cat. While companion animals bring a variety of health benefits to their owners, close contact may increase the risk of allergies or asthma for sensitive individuals. Recent research has improved our understandings of pet allergies. Dr. Jose Arambulo of Bloomfield Animal Hospital shares these exciting developments with the hope that the information may help more families in the Lakewood area keep and enjoy the camaraderie of pets.

Are pet allergies and asthma on the rise?

Allergic reaction to animals was identified a century ago. Current studies indicate that allergies have increased in frequency by about 20 percent. Incidence of asthma has tripled, and food allergies have doubled.

Why?
  • Awareness – modern medical science has given a household name (and often a treatment plan) to many symptoms largely ignored in the past.
  • We now understand that second-hand exposure is an element of pet allergies. This includes allergen concentrations in public places (such as schools or offices), carried by the clothing of individuals who live with pets.
  • Living spaces have changed. During the residential building boom following World War II, little attention was given to energy-efficient measures, and few homes had air conditioning. Today, many climate-controlled homes are virtually sealed, preventing inside allergens from dissipating.