Hypoallergenic Exotic Species

PetMD Editorial
May 17, 2011
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Allergy sufferers who are animal lovers might feel they don’t have the option of adopting a pet due to the severity of their symptoms. Perhaps you’ve walked through the pet store hoping to bring home a pet, and been chased off by the pet dander given off by birds, cats, and dogs. But did you know there are domestic animal breeds, which are considered hypoallergenic, or less prone to induce allergic reactions in allergy sufferers?

Of course no animal is 100 percent hypoallergenic. However, if you suffer from allergies but are considering an exotic pet, why not consider those like the ones listed below:

  • Aquatic pets (such as fish, jellyfish, octopi and seahorses)
  • Emperor Scorpions
  • Ferrets don’t shed dander like other domestic animals do
  • Reptiles
  • Tarantulas

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