Unique Hypoallergenic Pet Options for the Allergy Sufferer

If you’re allergic to pet dander, you’re probably prevented from owning a dog or cat. Even dogs and cats toted as hypoallergenic aren’t truly so—hairless and low-dander breeds can still cause reactions in many people. Have you ever considered a different kind of pet? Learn about some unique options in this article from your Farmers Branch, TX vet.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and amphibians—lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, geckos, salamanders, and the like—are typically very hypoallergenic, as they don’t shed dander the way dogs and cats do. Plus, they live in a terrarium, effectively containing any allergens. Ask your vet for further information about whether or not reptile or amphibian pets might work well for you and your family.


Fish may not be able to be taken for a walk around the block or snuggle up on the couch, but they make fascinating pets. Since they’re immersed in a tank of water, they’re completely hypoallergenic! Do some research on freshwater and saltwater fish varieties, as well as the care needs of fish, to find out if they’re a good choice for your next addition.


Most types of birds do give off some dander and other allergens, but allergy sufferers often do better with a bird than a dog or cat. With regular bathing, and perhaps additional measures like air filters or purifiers near your bird’s cage, allergy problems should be minimal.


A pig is probably not an option you’ve considered—did you know that they can make great companions, and that they’re very hypoallergenic? Pigs actually have hair, not fur, so they’re not likely to cause allergic reactions. Of course, before bringing home a pig, you’ll want to be well aware of all care requirements associated with owning a pig as a pet; ask your veterinarian for further insights.


Ferrets are related to weasels, not other common mammalian house pets like gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and mice (species that can often cause allergic reactions). They don’t give off dander, so a ferret may make a good choice for someone suffering from allergies. Ferrets are curious, intelligent, and friendly animals who make great pets for the right owner!

Arachnid Pets

Tarantulas, scorpions, and similar arachnid pets aren’t for everyone. They’re completely hypoallergenic, though, and make great companions for the right family!

For more information on hypoallergenic pet options, contact your Farmers Branch, TX veterinary clinic.

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