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What is an animal allergen?

Allergens found in animals are a common cause of allergic reactions in children. They are caused by the protein found in an animal's:

  • Skin

  • Dander

  • Saliva

  • Urine

Household pets, such as cats and dogs, are the most common sources of animal allergens.

Medical Reviewers:

  • MMI board-certified, academically-affiliated clinician
  • Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC