If you are a dog lover and you are allergic to dogs, the sad truth is that there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.
Dog lovers come in all shapes, sizes and ages. It’s so incredibly hard for us humans to resist the furry, loyal, goodness that is a puppy’s hug or an older dog’s cuddle. Even to those of us with allergies.
Many people believe that they are allergic to dog fur. The hypoallergenic breed has been marketed as dogs who do not shed or shed very little. Since they don’t shed, their dander doesn’t get into the air thus, creating very little effect to allergies. However, the truth is all dogs carry the proteins that causes allergic reactions.
A study done in 2011 at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that there was no difference in the amount of the allergen Can f 1 in homes with a single hypoallergenic dog and homes with a single non-hypoallergenic dog.
Franklin D. McMillan, a veterinarian and director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society, told The Huffington Post:
“The most common cause of pet allergies is the dead, dried flakes (dander) from your pet’s skin and the protein in the pet’s saliva that sticks to these flakes. The pet’s hair itself isn’t a significant problem — it’s the dander that is attached to the shed hairs. The fur and dander then stick to carpeting, furniture, and clothing.”
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Although your hypoallergenic dog may shed less, you are definitely still allergic to them! Do not fret as there are many things you can do to minimize and ease the symptoms:
- Bathe your dog once a week to remove dander.
- Keep your dog out of your bedroom.
- Vacuum often – Using a HEPA filter can also help.
- Opt for hard floors over carpets.
- Get outside with your dog as much as possible.
- If you are looking for a dog, smaller dogs shed less therefore have less dander.
If you are still suffering from allergies due to your dog, see an allergist to find out if you can benefit from medications or allergy shots.