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Clear the air in time for your new pet to come home

With the holidays fast approaching, many parents who have decided to place a new family pet under their Christmas trees are likely to be making a few preparations for the imminent arrival.

While the four-legged friend may be an inexhaustible source of joy for the family, 10 to 15 percent of people suffer from pet allergies, and many kids develop them later on in life, according to

Of course, there are measures you can take to quell your sneezing fits. Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the website, so if you're on the fence between the two, knowing that may swing your vote toward a dog.

Some people also find that they're less allergic to certain dog breeds than others, so finding a dog that produces less allergens could also help.

Additionally, having hardwood floors and washable rugs will make it easier to control pet dander, reports the website. Those who are interested in exploring further allergy-reduction techniques can invest in an air purifying system with a HEPA filter.

FreshAirPro carries the highest quality names, including IQAir, which is the highest-rated air-purifying brand on the market. AllerAir air purifiers equipped with medical-grade HEPA filters, ideal for those who only have a small space to work with, are also available.