Are Guinea Pigs Hypoallergenic?

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There are a few things to consider when determining if a guinea pig is hypoallergenic.

First what exactly is hypoallergenic? The term hypoallergenic means that an animal is less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people.

There is no guarantee that a hypoallergenic animal will not cause an allergic reaction but it is less likely.

So are guinea pigs hypoallergenic? Guinea pigs have fur and some people are allergic to animal fur.

If you are allergic to animal fur you may be allergic to guinea pigs.

However there are also people who are allergic to animal dander which is the skin that animals shed.

Guinea pigs do not shed their skin so if you are allergic to animal dander you may not be allergic to guinea pigs.

Another thing to consider is that guinea pigs produce saliva and urine.

Some people are allergic to animal saliva and urine.

If you are allergic to either of these you may be allergic to guinea pigs.

Overall the answer to the question “are guinea pigs hypoallergenic?” is that it depends on the person.

There is no guarantee that a guinea pig will not cause an allergic reaction but it is less likely than other animals.

If you are considering getting a guinea pig it is a good idea to talk to your doctor or an allergist to find out if you are allergic to guinea pigs before you get one.