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Have you considered having a dog but reluctant because you may have allergies? Or you already have one and are freaking out right now because you recently found out you have dog allergies? So you have bazillion questions in your mind, fret not. Here are some of the most relevant questions about dog allergies, answered! (That sounded like a TV commercial. Sigh.)

Q: Who’s vulnerable to allergies?
 Anyone could actually contract allergies from dogs. But most of the time, they are persons with family history of such allergies. People would most likely be allergic to dander (dead skin), fur, saliva, and urine.

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“Allergies from dogs and cats are incurred by 15% of the population,” as said by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Q: What are the allergy symptoms?
 Allergic people suffer cold, itchy eyes, runny nose, asthma symptoms (difficulty in breathing), cough, phlegm, red itchy skin, and rashes. Children are often to catch these symptoms undetected as they are already prone to such infections, leading to false diagnosis. So it is critical that you take great caution with dogs and other pets if there are children in the house, or else be always on the watch for these symptoms and identify them correctly.

Q: Do dogs cause Asthma?
 Nope! Na-ah. Not. Did I mention No?

Asthma is not a communicative disease of any form. You cannot catch Asthma; I’d say “it is not contagious” if I’m not being repetitive.

However! Dogs could trigger it’s symptoms for those people who already have Asthma, and further worsen the case if not attended properly. It may be passed in the family through heredity, so it’s not recommended you have dogs if you have anyone in the house with a history of Asthma. If it is inevitable you have one (which we all understand basically why) you are subject to treat the entire situation with precaution.

Q: What are the infamous “Hypoallergenic Breeds”?
 Thus far, this is my most encountered question. This question “cannot” be answered in any way direct because this is basically the wrong question. It’s the other way around. It should be, “What breed are ‘you’ allergic with?”

While you could guess that burly dogs are not safe, hence the fur. You’re simply wrong. No particular group of dog, classification whatsoever makes people allergic. It all depends on the breed of dogs that “you,” as an individual person, are allergic in. Someone else might be allergic to what other’s are not, and it makes sense only to that point.

As for finding out a way to know beforehand, that’s difficult but not impossible. If you’re planning to have a pet but reluctant because you think you might be allergic, I’d suggest that you find someone who has the same breed and spend a few visits to see if you are allergic to his/her dog. After awhile, if you might develop symptoms, such that were already mentioned above, then your question is answered.

Q: I have a dog, I love him, and I’m allergic to him, what do I do?
 If I didn’t know better, I’d tell you to throw him away. But having experienced the same dread once, I can relate it isn’t easy.

First consult your doctor to assess the severity of your allergy, (don’t ask your doctor what to do with the dog because it’s common sense what he’d, but he’d say it anyway). If being reasonable, it is still the best solution to separate with your dog. If inevitable, here’s what you do;

  1. In cases of mild allergies, ample precaution is that you put your dog outside the house.
  2. Never let the dog to your bed.
  3. Don’t hug as often. Maintain approximate distance from your nose and your dog.
  4. Avoid your dog when he’s shedding fur, usually during spring.
  5. Most of all, know what part of your dog you’re allergic with: e.g. the dander, saliva.

Remember that Asthma and most allergies worsen through exposure, and only few develop some immunity. So either way, the second best thing is maintaining sanitation; of your household, yourself, and your pet.

Q: What are Air Filters? How useful are they?

A: Air Filters are exactly what they sound like. Should you consider buying one, is up to you. HEPA filers are proven more efficient than others and are being used in hospitals, but expensive. This basically lays in the structure of your home, if there are, where are the places that your dog’s fur might accumulate? So whether you would find air filters a solution to your allergy problems, only you could answer using trial and error.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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