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Doctor Hess: A lot of people will choose a
bird as a pet because they’re allergic to cats and dogs and to the dander, which comes
from the saliva, of these mammals when they clean their coats. Many people who are allergic to cats and dogs
are not necessarily to allergic to birds, not necessarily allergic to feathers. Birds can be a great alternative to somebody
who really can’t have a dog or a cat or a rabbit or another fuzzy, furry creature. There are some birds, however, that do have
a little bit more allergenic potential. Some birds actually produce powder down, which
is a powdery substance on their skin and feathers that is released into the environment and
is a little more dusty. You want to talk about those birds, Sarah? Sarah: Absolutely. Cockatoos are classic for this. Those big, white, beautiful fluffy birds will
often leave big, white, beautiful, fluffy dander all over every surface in whatever
room that they live in. In fact, we often recommend that people maybe
have air filters in their house or even in the room with the bird because even for the
bird to breathe in all that dust, it’s not good for them. A lot of people can be irritated by that much
dust. We do recommend that if you’re going to have
a bird and you are allergic to a lot of dust, a lot dander, that maybe a bird like a cockatoo
or other very dusty birds aren’t such a great idea. Doctor Hess: Cockatiels can be dusty too. Sarah: They’re great birds. Doctor Hess: Regardless, you really want bathe
the bird as often as you can. People are afraid to do that sometimes in
the winter, but we tell them they get wet all year round when they’re outside. It keeps down the dust and the dander. It keeps your cage cleaner. It keeps your house cleaner. Bathing them, avoiding those really high powdery
species if you are allergic, and just checking with your own doctor to see if you are an
allergic person. You might want to check that out before you
go out and get a bird as a pet.

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