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Allergic To Dogs

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Unfortunately there are many people who love dogs but absolutely cannot live with them because they are allergic to dogs. There are also people who are forced to deal with others coming into their lives, such as new boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, or wives, who are allergic to dogs. There are many different reasons why someone who has a dog allergy may be in your house, luckily there are a lot of things you, the owner, can do to be able to live in the same house with people who are allergic to dogs and the dog also.

If any of the above are the case for you then it is very important to do research online in order to find a cure for their allergic reaction to dogs or atleast a bit of dog allergy relief. Many people have this reaction to dogs. It is estimated that roughly fifteen percent of the population has an allergic reaction to either dogs or cats. Allergies to dogs or even cats can strike at basically any moment in a persons life though most people who suffer from these kind of allergies are also allergic, atleast partly, to pollens or molds. It is usually considered that people also get these allergies from their parents. This is because the allergy is likely carried through genetically.

In order to identify if someone is allergic to dogs it is very important to learn the symptoms of a dog allergy. Most people who are allergic to pets have multiple allergies and they will find their new allergy to pets to be very similar. The typical symptoms include, but are not limited to, itchy eyes, runny nose, asthma like symptoms, and itchy reddish skin which can sometimes become a rash. Often people who are unaware of their dog allergies will have what appear to be seasonal allergies at all parts of the year. They may even have symptoms similar to a cold or asthma very often. This kind of thing is especially common in children. It will also be a big indicator of a canine allergy if a person is separated from the pet for extended periods of time and the allergy symptoms begin to subside. If the symptoms return once the person comes in contact with the animal again then it is a clear sign that they likely are allergy to their pet.

Most people who are allergic to dogs or cats wrongly assume they are allergic to the hair of the animal. This is not true. People who are allergic to pets are actually allergic to the animals dander, saliva, or urine. Dander are dead skin cells that are continually shed by the animal. Think of it as pet dandruff, but invisible. It is important to remember that people can also be allergic to other kinds of pets such as hamsters, rabbits, and other rodents as well as bigger animals such as horses, goats, or cows. You may find that you are more allergic to certain types of an animal than others. This is common and especially true with dog and cat breeds.

There are no breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. Most people assume dogs that shed less will be much easier on their allergies than their thicker haired cousins. This isn't necessarily true, while their hair may seem to cause allergy symptoms because it carries dander it is not necessarily a problem when it comes to allergy control. After all it is the dander and saliva you are allergic to, and even hairless dogs still give off dander. Research has shown however that dogs like poodles, terriers, and schnauzers give off noticeably less dander than other dog types. This may not be true for all peope though, because everyone reacts to different breeds of dog differently.

It is often said that people who have allergies to dogs or cats should instead get a reptile or fish. While some people may be find with this idea, most people aren't. A reptile or a fish simply do not become part of the family the way dogs do. In fact fish and reptiles seem to barely care if we are around at all. Luckily there are a few methods you can try if you or someone you live with is allergic to dogs.

First of all, you can designated a no dog zone inside your house. You can pick a room in your house or apartment, a bedroom is probably the best idea, where the pet is not allowed to go. In order to keep the pet out you may have to always keep the door closed, maybe even get a baby gate. You just have to keep the dog out at all times or this method will not work at all. Even if the person who is allergic to pet is not there and the animal comes in, it will leave its dander all over the room and this can effect the person for days or years to come if not cleaned up. If you have a centralized heating system or vents that go between rooms you will also need to close these vents inside the dog free room in order to completely keep the hair and dander out of the room.

Next you can wash the dog regularly and have the person suffering from the allergic reaction shower or bathe daily. The person should also wash their hands and face every single time they come in contact with the dog. This will be a huge hassle, but will prove to be very effective. You should bathe the dog once a week, and this is a minimum. This will remove a lot of the dander and saliva that is trapped on the hair of the animal, and will greatly reduce the amount it carries around and lets into the air on a day to day basis.

It is also very important to clean the house often. Vacuuming and dusting off the surfaces in your house twice a week, or more, can be very effective at removing the allergen from the area. It is not 'dust' after all that you are cleaning up. The material that settles on the surfaces in your home is actually the dander form the members of your family and the animals in the house. I'm sure that makes you want to dust anyways!


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