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Stay Allergy-Free With These Exotic Pets

June 01, 2017

Do you or a member of your family suffer from allergies to pet dander? If you’re prevented from owning a dog or a cat, there are other options—consider an exotic pet! Here, your Conyers, GA vet tells you about a few exciting options.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, and the like don’t give off pet dander the way dogs and cats do; you shouldn’t have any reaction to them whatsoever. Furthermore, these pets live in enclosed terrariums, containing any substances that could cause allergies. Ask your vet for more details about reptile and amphibian pets’ specialized heating and lighting requirements.


Although fish can’t exactly be taken for a walk outdoors or cuddled in the living room, they make wonderful pets. They’re also fascinating to watch and fun to care for. Since fish are, of course, entirely immersed in an aquarium full of water, they won’t cause any allergic reactions. Freshwater fish are generally more common as pets, while saltwater fish tend to be more expensive—ask your vet for more information on their care needs.

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are completely hypoallergenic, and they are an easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance pet. They’re ideal for young children, and many kids love to observe their fascinating shell patterns and varying colors! If you’re looking for a pet that doesn’t require constant supervision, a hermit crab may be a good choice.


Ferrets are mammals like dogs and cats, but they’re related to weasels, unlike other mammalian pocket pets like guinea pigs or hamsters. This means that they don’t give off dander—a ferret is totally hypoallergenic. They’re curious, intelligent, and loveable pets, and many ferrets can even be trained to use a litter box or follow commands! Ferrets do have specific habitat and dietary requirements, so ask your veterinarian for more details.


Tarantulas and scorpions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. For the right family, though, arachnids make great pets! You’ll also be able to say that you have the most unique pet out there. These animals are, of course, totally hypoallergenic and won’t cause any reactions for allergy sufferers. Ask your veterinary professional about the care needs of arachnid pets to find out if such a creature would be a good fit for you.

Do you have questions about an exotic pet’s care? Want more information on these distinctive and unusual critters? Call your Conyers, GA animal clinic today.

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