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Learn How To
Choose An Hypoallergenic Dog
For people that love dogs, yet have allergic reactions to them, there is a simple alternative. If you can't do without a four legged "friend," choosing a hypoallergenic dog is the best alternative. For those who are scratching their heads, a hypoallergenic dog is not a special breed of dogs. They are dogs that generate less (hypo) allergens (allergenic) in the air, which has a lot to do with the dog's physical size and length of its fur. For allergy sufferers, finding an allergy-friendly dog is the most reasonable choice. This doesn't mean that the dog will be completely allergy proof but it does mean that this type of dog tends to generate less amounts of allergy causing elements. It is impossible to find a dog that causes no degree of allergens.
Allergy reactions from
dogs can consist of skin rashes, watery and itchy eyes,
sneezing and a stuffy nose. More serious reactions are
wheezing, asthma attacks and not being able to breathe deeply.
These can be frightening reactions and choosing not to have a
pet, for these reasons, out ways the benefits of having one.
For dog lovers, who suffer with allergies, this is a hard fact
to accept. The reason some people suffer from simple pet hair
is because of their immune system.
They are hypersensitive to the components found on the dog
hair. Many people think it is the animal hair that causes the
problem, but in reality it is what attaches itself to the pet
hair. The dog's hair picks up pollen and dust attaching itself
to the hair follicle. With normal movements, the elements are
distracted on whatever it comes across. Hence, larger and
longer haired dogs have a tendency to generate more allergens
than smaller and shorter haired dogs Therefore, the bigger the
dog, the more allergy components it will distract.
If choosing a dog from a breeder, try
spending at least 30 minutes playing with the dog and being in
the dog's area to see how you react to it. If you have a
severe reaction in that amount of time, then you can be
assured that having it as a live-in would not be a good idea.
If you're choosing a breeder who lives a substantial distance
away, send a clothing item to the breeder and ask them to
place it near the dog for a day and send it back to you in a
plastic bag. Wear the clothing item or breathe in the smell
and see how you react. If no reaction, you might want to
consider visiting the breeder in person. If you do get a
negative reaction, it's best not to waste your time visiting
in person. The allergic reaction would probably be worse if
you were around the real thing.
If you choose an indoor dog, it's best to choose one that can be groomed regularly or that you can bath easily. It's best to bath them at least 1-2 times per week. This will reduce the amount of pet dander. Taking care of your dog's hair is an important part of reducing the components that cause allergies. You can even choose a hairless dog such as the Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier or the Mexican Hairless.
Some people claim that certain breeds bring out the worst in their allergies than others. In choosing a breed, be open to find the best one that fits your lifestyle.
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