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3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Exotic Pets That Won’t Cause Allergies

February 15 2019

Many potential pet owners can’t have a dog or cat thanks to allergies to pet dander. Luckily, there are other exciting options that many people don’t consider! Allow your Crown Point, IN veterinarian to tell you about a few exotic pet options that shouldn’t cause allergy trouble.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptile and amphibian pets like lizards, snakes, frogs, and turtles don’t have dander the way cats and dogs do, so they’re typically hypoallergenic. Reptiles do shed their skin, but this isn’t likely to cause allergy trouble. Plus, reptile and amphibian pets spend most of their time in a terrarium, so any substances that could cause reactions are completely contained! Ask your vet for more information on reptile and amphibian pets’ unique care needs.


While arachnid pets like scorpions and tarantulas aren’t the right fit for every family, they’re completely hypoallergenic. They’re also sure to be one of the most unique pets you’ll ever have! Arachnid pets do have specific care requirements, so you’ll want to know what you’re getting into—ask your vet for more information.


Ferrets are related to weasels, and their skin and fur doesn’t give off dander—that means that they’re some of the most hypoallergenic pets around. Ferrets are curious, inquisitive, and intelligent animals and can make wonderful pets! They can even be litterbox trained like cats. To learn more about ferrets, as well as the materials you’ll need to own one, contact your vet’s office.


Fish, of course, are immersed in a tank of water, so allergy sufferers don’t have to worry about serious reactions. While fish can’t exactly be taken for walks around the block or taught tricks, they’re fascinating pets to observe and care for. Plus, a tank full of colorful fish makes a wonderful and exciting addition to your home décor! Do your research to find out more about caring for both freshwater and saltwater fish before taking the plunge.

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are another pet option that is entirely hypoallergenic, and they’re extremely easy to keep. In fact, they’re often thought of as great “starter” pets for young children. Hermit crabs aren’t the most active pet around, but they’re very enjoyable to watch! Learn more about hermit crab care by researching online and talking with your veterinarian.

Does your pet need a veterinary appointment? Schedule your pet’s next office visit with your Crown Point, IN animal hospital.

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