WHAT DOES HYPOALLERGENIC REALLY MEAN?

Hypoallergenic pet breeds still produce allergens, but because of their coat type, which is hair instead of pet fur, they typically produce fewer allergens than other breeds. Even when considered hypoallergenic people with severe allergies and asthma may still be affected by a hypoallergenic pet.

The truth is no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, though it is possible to find less-allergenic dog breeds that are better suited for allergy-sufferers, most often in the Poodle breeds. Because these breeds have hair and not fur their non-shedding coat produces less dander. Dander, which clings to pet hair, is what causes most pet allergies in people.

What is dander?

Pet dander consists of tiny proteins and saliva that are notoriously clingy and difficult to eliminate. These proteins stick to soft porous surfaces like bedding, clothing, and upholstered furniture making pet allergies among the toughest to prevent. Dander lies on the dog’s skin and coat and is left behind when the dog sheds hair or shakes.

How can you control pet dander and allergens?

With a little effort, allergy sufferers can unquestionably enjoy the companionship of their pets. Here are some of the best ways to control those itchy watery eyes and runny noses.

• Keep your pets out of the bedroom. Bedding can become a trap for allergens that are difficult to get rid
of.
• Brush your pet often- daily brushing keeps pet dander under control.
• Use a HEPA air filters in your home.
• Give your pet a weekly bath to reduce the allergen count. If bathing is out of the question, try wiping
your pet with fragrance-free hypoallergenic baby wipes.
• Vacuuming is effective for animal dander only if you use a HEPA filter or a double bag.
• Get rid of your carpets—they can be reservoirs for allergens. Use washable area rugs.
• Wash your pet’s bedding.

What breeds are good for allergy sufferers?

There are many dogs that are considered hypoallergenic, so as a current or future pet parent there are plenty of options. Here a just a few breeds: Bichon Frise, Afghan Hound, Schnauzer, Poodle and Poodle hybrids, Maltese, American Hairless Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Shih Tzu, Wheaton Terrier, and the Portuguese Water Dog.

Just remember that any dog, hypoallergenic or not, can stir up allergies, so don’t depend on picking a certain breed to eliminate your allergy problems.

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