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Animal Dander

Allergy to Protein, Not Hair

People are not allergic to the hair of an animal but rather to a protein found in:

a cat and dog sitting together
  • Saliva
  • Dander
  • Dead skin flakes
  • Urine


They can cause a variety of symptoms such as:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Contact Information

Allergy and Inflammation - Research
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Life Science, 9th floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215