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What are Hypoallergenic Dogs?

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What are Hypoallergenic Dogs
By LITTLE PUPPY PAWS | February 26, 2023
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The truth is that while there aren’t any dogs, dog breeds, or mixed breeds that are completely hypoallergenic, there are those that do not trigger allergies. The most common cause of dog allergies in people is dander, which is attached to pet hair. Hypoallergenic breeds are dogs that have minimal-shedding coats that produce less dander.

 

A hypoallergenic dog breed is supposedly better suited to people with allergies than other breeds. However, the claims that some dog breeds are completely hypoallergenic have no basis. It is important to know that allergen levels vary between individual dog breeds.

How are Dogs Classified as Hypoallergenic?

Hypoallergenic animals belong to a breed that is recognized for having less fur shed than other famous breeds. Less fur is released into the environment due to their lack of shedding. Hypoallergenic dogs do not spread allergens in the same ways as common breeds, whose fur tends to become airborne after it sheds and eventually settles into carpeting, fabric, and other surfaces that people come into contact with.

 

But allergy symptoms are typically not brought on by a dog’s fur. The dander affixed to the fur is what causes the allergy attack. Proteins from saliva and urine make up the majority of dander, and traces of these substances can be found on an animal’s fur and skin. Symptoms are brought on when allergy sufferers come into contact with these proteins.

How Can You Lessen Your Dog’s Dander?

Lessening environmental allergen contamination will reduce exposure and benefit those with sensitive skin. Anything that lowers dog hair, saliva, and dander in your house is a plus. In light of that, try some of these simple suggestions.

Give Your Dog a Regular Bath

Weekly baths will lessen the amount of protein that causes allergies to develop on a dog’s coat and the number of airborne allergens. Rubber gloves are an option for those with severe allergies when bathing Fido. The simplicity of bathing hairless breeds enables more effective dander removal, which may explain why they are regarded as hypoallergenic. Before choosing a bathing schedule, speak with your veterinarian. An excessive amount of bathing could dry out your dog’s coat and cause skin problems. To avoid dry skin, moisturizing shampoos are available.

Keep Your Dog’s Coat Clean

While brushing will remove loose hairs in a controlled manner, it won’t stop the shedding. It’s preferable to have that hair in a brush than to have it scattered throughout the house. When brushing their dog, allergic people may want to don a mask and rubber gloves.

Before Bringing Your Dog Inside, Clean Up Any Outside Contaminants

Many people with dog allergies also have allergies to pollen or mold spores that accompany Fido into the house. Particles can adhere to your dog’s fur when walking through the grass, rolling in the flower bed, or relaxing on the patio. Your dog will track fewer allergens indoors if you wipe him down with a damp cloth before he enters. Focus on the body parts that are most likely to come into contact with allergens, such as the feet and underbelly, if wiping the entire dog is too much trouble. Baby wipes are often found to be practical to use, especially when kept by the back door.

Take Your Dog’s Size Into Consideration

The size of the dog does matter when it comes to dog allergies. It makes sense that a dog weighing 70 pounds will spread more allergens than a dog weighing 7 pounds. A larger dog carries more dander because of their larger body surface area. Additionally, larger breeds may secrete more saliva-containing allergens.

Use Healthy Home Care Techniques

Consider using filters specifically made to lessen airborne allergens and frequently change the air filters in your home, regularly vacuum rugs and floors and damp-mop ceramic or wooden floors. Keep your dog in areas of the house that can be cleaned thoroughly.

 

Allergy sufferers can benefit from canine companionship with some planning and effort. Additionally, the health advantages of owning a dog may outweigh the annoyance of itchy eyes, runny noses, and sneezing!