So, you want a dog but every time you come encounter with one you succumb to an allergy attack. That’s okay! People who are allergic to dogs still have a chance to be a dog parent, depending on the severity of the allergy. There are different types of allergies ranging from mild to severe, which is different from person to person. There are some steps you can take to minimize your exposure to the allergy issue including looking into hypoallergenic dog breeds.
A dog that falls under the hypoallergenic category means that the dog has minimal to no shedding. Minimal does not mean nothing at all, some hypoallergenic dogs have the ability to still cause allergies in some people. Dander is usually the main cause of the allergy to dogs. Dander is the tiny bits of skin that shed from a dog along with their hair. This dander is produced by a dog grooming itself. The dried saliva contains allergens and proteins that may flake off when a dog sheds its fur and spread throughout a home.
Hypoallergenic dogs don’t have that problem since they don’t shed their fur, but still have a chance to cause allergies to some people. The allergy ridden proteins can become airborne especially when a dog is grooming itself. This dander protein can also be directly transported to you by a dog licking itself and then licking you or even if you simply pet the dog. Breads that are less likely to cause allergies include Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzus, Havanese, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and many more.
In order to reduce your allergy symptoms some recommendations include:
- Choose a smaller dog, which will shed less dander than a larger dog.
- Keep your pet out of the rooms that you’re in most.
- Bathe your pet weekly to remove dander from the coat.
- Choose carpet free flooring or shampoo your carpet regularly.
- Use an air purifier and vent in your house to help reduce airborne allergens.
- Brush your dog outside daily to loosen and reduce dander. Brushing them outside will avoid spreading the dander throughout your home.