Human Allergies to Dogs
Is there anything I can do to help decrease my allergies to my dog? I can’t bear to think of finding him a new home. Help!
Human allergies to dogs are generally based on reactions to certain canine proteins secreted in your dog’s dander (tiny particles released from the hair and skin) and saliva. The dander and dried saliva particles become airborne and get trapped in upholstery, curtains and carpets. By taking measures to reduce your exposure to these particles, it can be possible to live more comfortable with your pet.
- Use an electrostatic high-efficiency particulate air cleaner known as a HEPA Filter to help clean the air.
- Frequent vacuuming and washing of curtains and rugs can help remove these particles from your environment. Linoleum, tile or wood floors without rugs are also helpful.
- Bathe your dog two times a month with a non-drying shampoo or brush and wipe him down with a damp cloth daily.
- Establish “no dog zones” in your house where your exposure to allergy causing particles will be limited. The bedroom should be one of these zones.
- Finally, speak to your doctor. There are new medications and allergy desensitizing protocols available that may help decrease your symptoms.
There are some dog breeds that are considered less allergenic then others. If you have allergies to dogs but still want to own one, consider one of the following breeds.
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Portuguese Water Dog