Being allergic to dogs prevents many people from becoming proud pup owners. How many? Try 15% to 30% of people who have allergies. Those who are allergic to dogs may experience symptoms that range from mildly irritating to downright miserable. They may sneeze a bit and have itchy eyes, or they may break out in hives and have an asthma attack.
So what causes the allergies? You may think it’s the fur’s fault, but it’s not. Allergies are caused by dander in the fur, which can overly stimulate one’s immune system, causing adverse reactions.
If you think you’re allergic to dogs, see your doctor to confirm that your symptoms are indeed caused by pet allergies.
What’s the solution?
You may think that being allergic to a dog means you can never own one, and if you pet someone else’s, you must wear a hazmat suit. However, you’d be surprised by how many people who are allergic to pets own them and have few negative reactions, if any.
What’s their secret? They prepare their home for their pets. There are a few ways you can reduce your chances of getting an allergy attack from Fido, including:
- Keeping your dog out of your bedroom – Not enjoying puppy snuggles in the morning can be upsetting, but your dog needs to avoid the place where you sleep.
- Buying a HEPA filter – This can purify the air from any allergens.
- Vacuuming frequently to get rid of pet hairs
- Grooming your dog frequently to ease shedding
- Replacing carpet with hardwood floors
- Getting allergy shots
- Washing your hands after handling your dog
- Adopting a hypoallergenic dog
Wait, what was that last one?
Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that don’t give allergy sufferers as many symptoms as other breeds. The key words are “as many symptoms.” There is no breed that is 100% allergy-proof, but there are certain breeds that are much easier for allergies sufferers to be around.
Why’s that? Hypoallergenic dogs don’t shed, which means fewer allergy attacks. That also means you don’t have to worry about vacuuming or removing fur from your couch.
A few hypoallergenic breeds to consider are:
Yes, even a fluffy breed such as this one is hypoallergenic. Poodles are friendly and love exercise. While their coats do require grooming, they’re great for people with allergies.
Tiny, fluffy, and filled with love, the Bichon Frisé doesn’t shed; however, grooming is still required.
If you’re looking for a bigger dog, the giant schnauzer has you covered. It’s loyal and playful.
Spanish water dog
These pups are not only as cute as a button, but their curly wisps of fur require little grooming.
Chinese crested dog
This breed is mostly hairless, with just a little hair on its head and tail. This means very little shedding and minimal grooming. It’s great for those with severe allergies.
Talk to your doctor before you consider adopting any of these breeds, and remember to always take the proper precautions to reduce your chances of an allergy attack. But don’t forget the fact that you can still take advantage of your love for pups by getting one of these awesome hypoallergenic breeds!