April 12, 2010

Am I allergic to dogs?

Filed under: allergic to dogs,dog allergies,hypoallergenic breeds,pet allergies — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:31 am

Dog allergies are relatively common in the human world. The leading cause of the allergies is actually pet dander floating around in the air. These dead skin flakes are more prevalent during the spring because dogs begin to shed in spring meaning allergies can become much worse. If you suspect you may be allergic to dogs, there are some things you can do to reduce your symptoms.

First, you need to know the signs of allergy to determine if pet dander is going to be a problem for you. Allergies often manifest in the same way: itchy eyes, a runny nose, asthma, and rashes are among the most common symptoms of allergy. If you notice these reactions increase when you’re in the presence of a dog, you’re likely suffering from an allergy to dogs.

Luckily, there are a wide range of products on the market that are designed to treat pet allergies. From shampoos that moisturize your dog’s skin to prevent dander to shedding tools to control hair, there are definitely ways that you can minimize the severity of your allergic reaction. Medications are also a popular alternative for treating allergies to dogs.

In addition, there are a number of hypoallergenic breeds which are less likely to cause severe allergic reactions in humans. allergic to dogsSome of these breeds include:

  • Shih Tzus
  • Poodles
  • Hybrids
  • Portuguese water dogs
  • Schnauzers
  • Yorkshire terriers
  • Maltese

The important thing to remember is that pet allergies do not need to prevent you from becoming a pet owner. Do your research and you’ll find many ways to ameliorate the problems associated with these allergies. Whether you get a hypoallergenic breed or you take the necessary precautions to control allergens, you can be a happy pet owner with a happy, healthy puppy.

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