Pet Lovers Overcoming Obstacles:
Being a pet-owner can have its challenges, whether it is a concern due to extreme weather, a small apartment without much space to move around, or traveling due to a demanding international career. One of the biggest challenges some dog lovers must face is being allergic to their furbabies. While it is recommended that any potential owners suffering from pet allergies visit their doctor first before adopting, there are several dog breeds out there known to cause less issues for people suffering from pet allergies. There are referred to as “hypoallergenic dogs” and are popular amongst pet owners with a history of pet allergies.
Make it Work.
Even though no dog is completely or 100% hypoallergenic, when it comes to shedding, these dogs are ideal as they tend to shed less than other breeds, significantly decreasing the risk of an allergic reaction by their owners. We still suggest that any future pet-owners with allergies meet any potential buddies in person before adoption day, as this is the safest way to know whether or not an allergic reaction is triggered due to the skin or even saliva of their future hypo-pup.
What is “Dander”?
The common allergens which are likely to cause an allergic reaction to dogs are the proteins found in a dog’s saliva and dander. This allergen is similar to dandruff found in humans, it is a material that is shed from the fur. Additionally, the surface layer of the dog’s skin is shed and replaced on a regular basis which can also cause irritation to those who are susceptible.
There are certain courses of action that can be taken in order to keep the levels of dander under control and the house clean of allergens.
Dander tends to build up on surfaces with fabrics, such as carpets or in mattresses. If you have people with pet allergies living in the house, it is important to choose smooth surfaces over the alternatives and clean the house meticulously. Re-distribution of dander dust can be avoided by using vacuum cleaners containing HEPA filters as well as damp dusting.
Clean Dog, Clean House.
Cleaning and bathing your hypoallergenic pup regularly can help maintain a clean and dander-free environment, in turn reducing allergies for the sensitive tenants. Keep in mind that younger and smaller animals tend to give off less dander than older or larger ones. It is also recommended to adopt a less aggressive dog if possible, as barking tends to release saliva which in turn proteins or other allergens into the air. Even if a larger dog is your dream pet, this can be possible with careful maintenance of both the dog’s hygiene and the house’s cleanliness.
Find Your New BFF.
Adopting a hypoallergenic dog can be tricky, as it is not always possible to know the dog’s breed when they are found in a shelter. Many dogs who are up for adoption are mixed breeds and it is difficult to know their history or origin. Luckily, it is possible to work with breed-specific rescue groups so that if adoption is something you believe in, you can still pursue this course while looking for your new allergy-friendly soulmate.
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