How to Deal With Chinchilla Allergies

Published: 25th August 2009
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Even though they appear rather small, Chinchillas are able to emit certain types of proteins that can cause allergies to people and is usually passed on through saliva and urine. Also, Chinchillas oftentimes shed off their fur every few months and this can also trigger certain types of allergic reactions to human beings. If you have a very sensitive skin and condition, Chinchillas are probably not the best type of pet for you to have.

Chinchillas, because they are considered to be warm blooded animals have furs that are packed with proteins in their bodies. When this type of pet licks its fur, the saliva sets it. Some of the dried out parts scatter throughout the home and can end up triggering allergic reactions to people who are sensitive.

This is what happens to people who are actually allergic to Chinchillas but do not necessarily know it. What they do is they initially purchase their choice for a pet and then end up giving it away just to ensure their safety in terms of their health. In cases like these, both the owner and the pet suffer. When they give away their pet, chances are it needs to be re-homed and given to someone else.

Some owners who find it difficult to part ways with their pet end up with terrible and alarming breathing problems. Some even end up using their very own inhaler just to sustain and regulate their normal breathing.

At times, the allergy can even lead to rhinitis. This condition takes place when the mucous membranes found in the nose get inflamed with mucous discharge. You can get this type of allergy by simply touching Chinchillas. For example, when you touch a Chinchilla and then rub your eyes, the allergy can automatically be transported. If there are no immediate effects, don't think that you are already safe from the allergies because there are some allergies that do not attack and affect your skin easily. Sometimes, it might even take months before you find several effects on your skin and conclude that you have actually acquired allergies.

Some people who do not have an allergy and have even been keep a Chinchilla for a pet can eventually and almost out of nowhere have allergies. Since Chinchillas are very much prone to dust, you can immediately be allergic to it. In the end, the only thing that's left of you to do is to consider re-homing your pet to ensure your safety.

Of course, there are a lot of ways on how you can deal with the allergic impacts that dusts can have on you. First of all, try covering your pet's cage with a sheet while in a room where doors can be kept closed. When you apply dust to your pet, make sure that there is no air and there is no any other form of dust that can set in. After applying dust to your pet Chinchilla, leave the pet for a while to make sure that the dust sets in first..

Other things that you can do or purchase can include various kinds and brands of bath sands that you can use to reduce the dust from flying all over the place. Checking the various brands available before your actual purchase can certainly work to your advantage.

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