Are you allergic to dogs but still want to own a dog? There are many Americans saddened to be unable to own a pet because of their allergies. The good news is, there are some breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic.
It is important to note that no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic, but there are breeds that are less prone to cause allergic symptoms or the release of histamines from the body.
The type of dog someone allergic to dogs should own is one that has a non-shedding coat or a coat that sheds much less than typical dogs.
The main cause for pet and dog allergies is related to dander. Dander comes from the skink flakes of the animal as well as its saliva.
People are not actually allergic to the pet hair itself but rather the dander within the pet hair. A dog will wash itself with its tongue and saliva. The saliva and dander is then in the hair when it sheds and enters the air in your home.
Here are the breeds of dogs that are a good choice for someone who suffers from dander allergies:
Coton De Tulear
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
You will notice some of the more common and popular breeds of dogs are not on the list. You will not want to own a golden retriever or a Labrador if you suffer from allergies related to pet dander.
If you do purchase one of these breeds of dogs, we recommend someone in your home is not allergic bathe and brush the dog on a regular basis. This can be done outside where the dander and hair will shed and disperse into the environment and not into the air in your home. This should help reduce the amount of dander you are subjected to in your home on a daily basis.
We hope this post encourages you to own a dog if you always have wanted to but felt you never could because of your allergies. If you own a hypoallergenic dog and care for it properly it will bring delight to your life and your home.
You can fight the allergens in your home. One way to do so is to purchase and use hypoallergenic items throughout your house. There are several products to buy that are hypoallergenic that will help fight and prevent allergies from occurring.
Here are our must-have hypoallergenic items for an allergy sufferer’s home:
Humidity breeds allergens. Some of the most common household allergens form and multiply in humid conditions. The most common is dust mites. Dust mites live and breed in human regions of your home. You can fight humidity in your home with one or two well place dehumidifiers. A dehumidifier will also help to prevent mold growth that can lead to allergies and respiratory issues.
In our last post, we mentioned how much dust mites love to live in mattresses.
Bedding is one of the most common places dust mites breed due to the warm and dark bedding. Mattresses are a good feeding ground too because of the skin flakes humans shed during sleep.
You can purchase hypoallergenic pillows, pillowcases, sheets, comforters and mattress pads and mattresses that will help eliminate dust mites in your bedding.
#3. AIR PURIFIER
An air purifier will circulate and filter the air in your home and remove smoke, dander, dust and other allergens that float in the air you breathe in. You can ensure you are breathing in the highest quality of air in your home with an air purifier.
#4. COSMETIC PRODUCTS
The beauty industry offers products that are less irritable on your skin. Several chemicals found in beauty products can lead to hives or rashes and other skin irritations but hypoallergenic cosmetics help to prevent rashes and other irritants on your skin.
#5. GLUTEN-FREE FOOD
Your diet can be hypoallergenic too! Avoid foods that contain gluten and opt for gluten-free alternatives. Gluten is often found in bread, cereals, pasta and other foods high in wheat. You don’t have to be allergic to gluten to experiences benefits from a gluten-free diet as wheat is often high in calories and sugar content.
This post illustrates the various hypoallergenic products that can help to fight allergies in your home. You would be surprised to find a hypoallergenic alternative to several of the items you use in your home every day.