(HealthDay News) -- Just because you or your child has a pet allergy doesn't mean Fido or Fifi has to move out, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology says.

The academy offers these suggestions to better cope with a pet allergy:

  • Do your best to avoid kissing and hugging pets.
  • Keep your bedroom and upholstered furniture off-limits to pets.
  • Give your pets a weekly bath, and ask a non-allergic friend or family member to regularly brush them outdoors.
  • Ask your veterinarian about a well-balanced diet for pets, which can minimize dander.
  • Vacuum with a micro-filter or double bag, and use a HEPA air cleaner at home.
  • Minimize carpeting and rugs in your home, as they attract dander.