Do dogs make your heart go thump, your eyes water, and your nose tickle? If you've got allergies, check out these hypoallergenic options.
No dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic
We hate to break the news to you, but even dogs that are considered hypoallergenic can set off some people's allergies. What causes all of that sneezing and wheezing? It's not usually an animal's fur, believe it or not. The real source is often a protein found in the saliva and urine of dogs and cats, notes Jerry Klein, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer at the American Kennel Club (AKC). "This protein sticks to the dead, dried flakes from your pet's skin, called dander," he says. "Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a fully hypoallergenic dog, but there are a variety of breeds considered less allergenic that allergy sufferers tend to do well with." Here are some other things you need to know before you get a new puppy.
What makes a dog less allergenic?
Hypoallergenic dogs usually have a predictable, low, or non-shedding coat, which produces less dander. "Because these dogs don't shed or shed very little, the allergy-causing dander that sticks to their fur doesn't get released into the air or onto the floor as much as with a shedding dog," says Dr. Klein. "Some individual dogs may even cause fewer allergy symptoms than others. In fact, two dogs of the same breed can each give off very different levels of allergens."
How to make life easy and less sneezy
If you suffer from allergies, you're likely to do better with dogs that have less fur, says Jeff Rockwell, DVM, owner of Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Plus, you can take extra precautions to cut down on potential issues. "There are shampoos that help to reduce dander, dried saliva, which lessens allergenicity," adds Dr. Rockwell. "You can also wipe down your dog with unscented dryer sheets to make [him] less allergenic." He adds that over time, people tend to acclimate to their own pet's dander (but not necessarily the dander of other dogs). Still, there are some other ways your dog could be making you sick.
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