There are not many things more wonderful in life than having a four-legged friend to call your own. Pepita, my pet Pomeranian who occasionally pops up on my Instagram (and her own that can be found here), has been in our lives for almost two years now. Every morning I have the pleasure of waking her up and prising her from a very comfy dog bed for those pre-7am walks, and every time we come back to our flat we are met with a flurry of excitement, complete with squeals, a waggy tail and sloppy kisses. The love is unconditional and she truly is my best friend (along with my wife Katie, of course).
There have been so many memories over the last nineteen months, from her days when she was the size of a coffee cup to her first ever trip to the beach. It’s strange to think, however, that I did have some reservations about getting a puppy due to my very annoying intolerance to dog hairs.
I should note here that there is actually a huge misconception that it is the dog, or cat, hairs on an animal that are the triggers of an allergy. In fact, as Piriteze very kindly explain, the offender is actually Dander – the name given to the mixture of small particles of fur, skin scales (like dandruff) and saliva.
Luckily Pomeranians (along with other breeds such as poodle-mixes) tend not to shed their fur and skin too liberally, however it can be very difficult to detect and properly remove these allergy triggers from our tiny little flat in London. While prevention is proverbially better than the cure, I have found that using Piriteze Allergy Tablets have really helped me enjoy my time with the furry addition to our family. Having already used them for several years to alleviate my symptoms of hay fever (a very annoying allergy to Spring/Summer), it was a no brainer to reach for one as soon as my nose started to itch or my eyes started to water.
Pireteze have recently launched their #ReliefNotRejection campaign to raise awareness of pet allergies and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms. Typical indicators of a pet allergy include sneezing, sinus discomfort, watery nasal discharge, blocked or runny nose, tiredness and skin rashes or hives. As someone who also suffers from hay fever, these symptoms are very similar to a pollen allergy. If it’s not the season and you’re in contact with a furry friend, it could be a pet allergy. Before you take any medication though, please do consult this patient information leaflet for Piriteze Allergy Tablets.