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The Allergen All-Star Pet Awards Features the Top 11, including Labradors, Greyhounds, and Iguanas
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dogs may be man's best friend, but household pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds can be an allergen nightmare for some families. Released today, the Allergen All-Star Pet Awards are here to help families concerned about allergens find the perfect companion. The awards recognize the top 11 animals that produce lower allergen levels, which can often be found in pet dander, saliva and urine. The winners list was compiled by a team of independent researchers and scientists with Environmental Health & Engineering and is sponsored by the makers of the new Honeywell Doctor's Choice True HEPA Air Purifier.
"According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, 15 to 30 percent of the U.S. population is allergic to cats or dogs. Exposure to pet allergens typically occurs in the home when fur, dander or dried saliva become airborne and are inhaled. Activities like jumping on a couch or running around a room can stir up these allergens and exacerbate the issue for families," said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, a senior scientist at Environmental Health & Engineering. "It's important to note that no breed of dogs or cats has been proven to be truly hypo-allergenic, but studies suggest that some may be more allergen-friendly than others. If you're looking for a pet that doesn't produce any allergens, try one with scaly skin, like an iguana."
The Allergen All-Star Pet Award winners include:
It is important to note that if someone is severely allergic to pets, they may not tolerate any breed, even one shown to have lower allergen levels. Individuals with pet allergies should consult with a physician prior to becoming a pet owner.
Other recommendations for helping to reduce exposure to pet allergens includes frequently washing furniture covers, keeping pets outside and using a HEPA certified vacuum cleaner and a HEPA air purifier. Honeywell True HEPA Air Purifiers are the #1 allergist-recommended brand and feature multiple cleaning levels for "Germs," "Allergens", "General Clean" and a "Turbo" setting for faster air cleaning and odor reduction. Find more tips at Facebook.com/HoneywellPluggedIn.
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 20 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing solutions for issues that affect the environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry.
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